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The Rotunda Times

In Memoriam

Al Fontana February 7, 1925 - October 19, 2008

Editors note: Al was our first eature Member in June of 2005. More information about him can be found in that




ur dear Club Member Al Fontana died peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2008, at age 83. Al joined the Club in 1992. Not only was he a Member, but also his son, Board Member Mike, daughter-in-law, Roxanne, and great- grandson, Dominic, are Members – a family tradition! O

Al was in the

5th Army, and

landed in south

Italy in 1943.

After seeing


action, he was

hit by mortar

and, together

with about

1500 fellow


GI’s, was taken

prisoner and

put in Camp

Stalag IIb.

Al Fontana was born in Detroit where he grew up and joined

Show in 2005 and talked: “e bread in the German POW

Al always had a

humor, and I recall

this experience as we sat

good sense



reflecting on

together at the Barn Car

Ford Motor Company in

1941. His stint at Ford

war and he joined 1942.

was cut short by th





Last Cruise

osing Mike’s father, Al Fontana, bit-by-bit over the past few years to illness has been a tough ride, but now we know he is at peace. ank you to everyone for your concern, support, and prayers during Al’s illness, and thank you to the people who took the time to visit with the family at the funeral home. We had a wonderful turnout of Club cars for Al’s last cruise and we know Al had a laugh when his ’46 needed a jump before the procession to the cemetery. We’ll miss you, Dad, but you’ll always be with us in our hearts. L

  • e amily of Al Fontana

camp was so hard that I lost three fillings trying to eat it!”

Ultimately Al was liberated by an American tank division and shipped back to the US where he received a Purple Heart.

Al returned to work as a machinist at Ford in 1945 and retired in 1983. He married Lucille, his “bride” of 63 years, in 1946.

Besides Lucille, Al is survived by his children Mike (Roxanne), George (Dawn), Rosemary May and Vince (Tammy), his seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

It was always gratifying for me to see the love and respect that his family had for him—even in his declining years.

Al’s first car was a 1931 Model A Cabriolet and his last car was a 1946 Ford that he restored about 10 years ago. Mike Fontana drove the 1946 to Al’s military funeral where it was in a procession with 12 other antique cars brought in by Club Members paying tribute.

We will all miss Al.

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