Obituaries: Thomas Fontaine

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday May 15, 2024
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Thomas Fontaine
Thomas Fontaine

September 24, 1949 — April 27, 2024

Thomas Bertrand Fontaine, 74, of Nobleboro, Maine, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2024.

Tom was raised in Salem, Massachusetts, and graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1977 with degrees in ceramics and art history. After graduation he lived and worked in Long Beach and Los Angeles as a ceramic artist before moving to San Francisco in the mid-1980s. He worked for over a decade handling office operations and subscriber relations at AIDS Treatment News on Church Street.

Tom loved the Bay Area and the North Coast counties. During his years there he took full advantage of the natural beauty and vibrant arts and food scene. He loved museums and galleries, theater, movies, live music venues, restaurants, and farmers markets.

In 1992 he met his partner of 32 years, John D. Adams, and they lived together in San Francisco and Oakland before moving to Maine, settling in Nobleboro in 2002.

In addition to his partner, Tom is survived by family in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, and California. He will be deeply missed by dear friends from Maine, California, and beyond.

A complete obituary and memorial page are available through Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta, Maine, at

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