John Fontaine, Jr., was a magnetic, funny, talented, personable, kind teenager. He was a friend, a student, a brother, and the son of Jack and Nancy Fontaine.
In 2000, Jack and Nancy found themselves grappling with an unimaginable tragedy. After heading to a friend’s house for the night—where unknown to Jack and Nancy, alcohol was being served—John made a fateful decision that cost him his life. That night, John left the party to get food with a friend who had been drinking. Minutes later, the car hit a tree, and John was killed instantly. He was just 16.
John’s life was short but impactful. More than 1,200 people attended his funeral, filling the entire church and all overflow areas—a true testament to his spirit. Seeing this outpouring of support, and wanting to honor John’s memory, the family used their grief and pain to fuel a positive cause and take steps to prevent the tragedy of young lives cut short.
John’s legacy continues through JFJC, the charity built in his name, and the belief that many lives can and will be saved by early intervention, education and open conversations about high-risk behaviors.