Mr. Fontaine grew up in Chicopee, Mass., where, in high school, he belonged to the aviation club. He entered the Air Force and earned a bachelor's degree in aviation management at Auburn University. He flew part-time and taught classes to help pay for college.
His career with Delta started in 1966. While flying domestic flights, he and a buddy earned law degrees at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. He was still flying for Delta while he ran a trucking business, Tifferic, about 10 years. The company's name reflected the combined names of his children; a family cattle farm outside Griffin bore the same moniker.
Mr. Fontaine enjoyed tennis and working out at the gym, and at one time he built wooden ship models. He was a USO volunteer and member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.
The Fontaines became volunteers as soon as they moved into the Rivergate community, located off of Spalding Drive between Jet Ferry and Roberts Drive. Their house, built on Brandon Hall Drive, is a replica of Naylor Hall, the wedding venue in Roswell that hosted their ceremony.
In Rivergate, Mr. Fontaine's civic commitment has not gone unnoticed. Recently, a plaque and bench that bear his name were erected in a cul-de-sac.
Additional survivors include a son, Eric A. Fontaine of Houston, Texas; daughter Tiffany Beamer of Nashville, Tenn.; stepdaughter Candice Bennett of Atlanta; brothers Robert A. Fontaine of Decatur and Paul Fontaine of Marietta; sisters, Janet Fontaine Farrington of Greenville, Ga., and Theresa Fontaine Barkin of Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren.