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Dennis Fonso

Dennis Fonso

Sunday, November 5th, 1950 Sunday, April 7th, 2019

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Obituary for Dennis James Fonso

Dennis James Fonso, (alias Foxy), age 68, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the TBRHSC after losing his battle with cancer.
Dennis was born in Thunder Bay, Nov. 5, 1950, to Louis and Marion (nee Baccarri) Fonso.
After graduating from Hammerskjold High school, he went on to complete courses at Confederation College and then entered into the workforce as an iron worker and labourer.
Dennis met his wife, Michele Fitzmaurice when they worked together on the Trans Canada pipeline. Their work relationship blossomed into a romance that led to 32 years of marriage and a beautiful daughter, Meghan (Dennis's mini me and side kick). In his latter years, he worked at Abitibi Paper Mill until his retirement. Together with his family, Dennis loved going on road trips, camping, music concerts and spending time with friends and family. Life was good for Dennis when he was sitting in his backyard, listening to music while drinking his homemade wine and cooking steak on the bbq.
Dennis liked all things sports. Going to sporting events, watching sports on tv, participating in sports pools. He played fastball in his younger years and bragged he had a black belt in Karate, although the belt has never been seen. That was Dennis.
When not doing any of the above, he coached baseball for Special Olympics and truly made a difference in the lives of the athletes.
If somebody or something was missed in this obituary, I'm truly sorry (Michele).
Catching the essence of Dennis, was a feat. He was truly loved by all who knew him.
Dennis will be missed by Michele (wife), Meghan (daughter), Diane Sten(sister), David Fonso (brother), Edward Fitzmaurice (father-in-law and family) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Predeceased by Louis and Marion Fonso (parents), Leo Sten (brother-in-law),Barbara Fonso (sister-in-law) and Margaret Fitzmaurice (mother-in-law).

Funeral services will be held on Tues., April 16, 2019, at 10:30 am in Corpus Christi R.C. Church, 664 Red River Rd.,Thunder Bay, with the Rev. Victor DeGagne officiating.
Visitation will be at 9:30 am, 1 hr. prior to mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dennis's name to a charity of choice. A special thanks for all their help goes out to Dr Laferriere, Dr Anthes, Counsellor Heather Neilson-Clayton, their assistants and the nurses on A1, diagnostics and medical library. On-line condolences may be made at

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    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Corpus Christi R.C. Church
    664 Red River Road
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
    Rev. Victor DeGagne

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Brianna Jones

Dear: Mrs Sten, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
- Brianna Jones (Daniel Carroll's cousin and Mrs. Sten's kindergarten student from about 17 years ago at St. John's School)
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Linda (Cairns) Kontunen

Dear Diane and David and the family of Dennis: I was very saddened to read of Dennis's passing. Our families have known each other for many years and my parents were very good friends with Mr. and Mrs. Louis and Marion Fonso. Dennis always had a big smile and a warm greeting for me whenever he saw me, as does his brother David and his sister Diane as well as many of his cousins. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Linda (Cairns) Kontunen and family
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Bev and John Dolcetti

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Carolyn Rowe (nee Fonso)

My thoughts are with you during this sad time. Dennis will be in our hearts and memories forever. He made this world a brighter and better place. Wishing you and your family strength and peace during this hard time.
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Brian &Sharon Mallon

Our sincerest sympathy to the family of Dennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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