In profound sadness, we come together to mourn the passing of an exceptional man, Paul Alexander LaFontaine. As we reflect upon the 82 years of his impactful journey on this Earth, we are reminded of a life adorned with love, dedication, and achievement.

Paul transcended the ordinary; he was a beacon of strength and kindness. Born in Canada in November 1941, he faced life’s many challenges with remarkable resilience and grace. Working alongside his six brothers after moving to Michigan, Paul learned the value of hard work and perseverance. He graduated from Royal Oak Shrine High School in 1959.

On November 4, 1961, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Marie (Busha). Holding various jobs as a young husband and father, he found success in the automotive industry as a plant manager with the Chrysler Corporation. This served as a steppingstone for Paul to break into automotive retail, again along side his brothers. In 1989 he founded Imlay City Ford. His entrepreneurial spirit also paved the way for profound success in real estate development. Remarkably, Paul’s passion for “finding the next deal” persisted until his final days.

Beyond the world of business, Paul was a nurturing patriarch, weaving a tapestry of love and wisdom into the fabric of his family’s lives. His legacy transcends mere achievements; it resides in the relationships he cultivated and the countless lives he touched.

As we bid a heartfelt farewell to Paul, let us not dwell in sorrow but rather celebrate the gift of his life. May we carry forward the invaluable lessons he imparted–the significance of love, resilience, and compassion. In honoring his memory, let us strive to live with the same passion and dedication that defined his remarkable journey.

Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years Jeanne. He is survived by his three children, Nicholette (Paul) Giles, Mary Lee (Gunnar) Hemstrom and Paul (Caroline) LaFontaine. Paul is also survived by his twelve adoring grandchildren, Gunnar III (Alexandra), Samuel, Charles (Jennifer), Alexander (Miranda), Colin (Victoria), Katie (Josh Stephens), Ayrton (Crystal), Ian, Jack, Emma, Sophia (Mason Fuerst), Olivia and great-grandchildren Sullivan and Ada, his brothers Fred (Patricia) LaFontaine, Gordon (Eileen) LaFontaine, Michael LaFontaine, Daniel (Mary Jane) LaFontaine, sister-in-law Constance (Richard) LaFontaine, sister-in-law Marilyn Boucher and many loving nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his companion Janice Jones, her three sons and many grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers Richard and John and sisters-in-law Maureen (Michael) and Giselle (John).

Rest in eternal peace, Paul Alexander LaFontaine. Your legacy lives on in the hearts of those who have known and loved you.

The Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Paul will be lying in-state at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 343 South Main, Romeo, Michigan, 48065 from 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at Romeo Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to U CAN-CER VIVE P. O. Box 1177, Highland, Michigan 48357 in Paul’s honor.

Arrangements entrusted to the Muir Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, 2650 South Van Dyke, Imlay City, Michigan 48444. Be sure to share a fond memory on Paul’s Memorial Page at www.muirfh.com.