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Dr. William R. Fountain, Jr.

December 04, 1931 ~ December 28, 2021

Dr. William R. Fountain, Jr (Bill) passed away peacefully at home in the comforting presence of Phyllis, his loving wife of 68 years, and their children. Bill was born in Gardner, MA to the late William R. Fountain and Frances (Masterson) Fountain. He graduated from the New England College of Optometry where he received both a BS and an OD degree. Upon graduation he joined the Army and served on the staff at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Following his service, he opened an optometric practice in Taunton, MA.  After 15 years as a solo practitioner, he was instrumental in forming a group practice where he was a managing partner and treasurer for 25 years.

Bill, Phyllis and their six children resided on Cape Cod and were “Snowbirds” in Vero Beach, until permanently moving there in 2005. He was a member of the Pocasset Country Club on Cape Cod before joining the Vero Beach Country Club 20 years ago, playing golf actively until the Spring of 2021. He enjoyed his Friday golf rounds and lunch with his friends.

Bill is survived by his wife Phyllis, and their children, Bill (Robin), Jane (Matt) O’Neal, Nancy (Bob) Stanton, Robert (Rita), Kathleen (Mark) Cerretani, and Charles (Emily). He is also survived by eleven loving grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Passionate about his faith and family, we recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

VNA Hospice provided wonderful care which allowed Bill to remain at home with his family for his final days.  Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

A private celebration of life is planned and all arrangements have been made through Millennium Cremation Service.




alan goldie

January 5, 2022, 2:23 am

Bill was a good friend, a great individual and will be dearly missed by his many, many, friends.
Phyllis and the family have my deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. Sincerely, Alan Goldie


January 5, 2022, 3:18 am

Grandpa will be missed! He had a wonderful, long life like we all wish to have, with amazing children and grandchildren who admired him, and the love of his life always by his side. Love and life everlasting.
Love you nana and look forward to having you close by. ❤️❤️


January 5, 2022, 3:07 pm

Bill lived a full life of over 90 years…for almost 50 years I had the opportunity to learn many lessons from him…including a golf lesson he gave me just 2 months ago! Phyllis, his son Bill, and the rest of his immediate family took great care of Bill over this past year, which enabled him to be in his home over these past several months, which he cherished. We will all miss Bill, but know that he is at peace now


January 5, 2022, 5:08 pm

Grandpa was an AMAZING golfer. How many guys do you know who have “shot their age” in golf? We both shared the same passion for the game of golf & we always made it a point to get out on the course together. I loved playing rounds against him to see if “I could win my 5 bucks back” He taught me that 150 yards straight down the fairway was better than 300 yards in the woods, every day of the week!

We shared many great memories & laughs together on the course. May he now rest in peace & joyfully reside in the presence of God. Love you, Grandpa.


January 11, 2022, 1:33 am

Love you, Dad! I’ll be looking for you all around me!!


January 12, 2022, 4:05 am

This is a beautiful tribute to our grandfather, who will be missed by all of us.

Grandpa had some amazing talents, and passions in life, such as his love for gorgeous cars and an ability to golf better than most! I loved listening to his stories about rating the Sankaty Head golf course on Nantucket, and will never forget when he and Nana came with me to buy my most recent car. He was the one you wanted by your side at the dealership- asked all the right questions, did his research before and after, and kept a poker face all the while :). I look forward to sharing those stories and others with his great grandchildren.

Nana- Grandpa was very blessed to have you as his rock and soulmate by his side for all of these years. We look forward to hearing more stories from you that we can continue to pass down for generations to come.

Rest peacefully Grandpa! We love you.

Vicky Gould

January 14, 2022, 5:02 pm

I feel very lucky to have known Bill and Phyllis at Vero Beach Country Club and for tax purposes. Such delightful people and always looked so much younger than their years! I wish Bill peace in this next realm of life and Phyllis with her eventual move back up north to be around a majority of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. vlgould@yahoo.comI count myself lucky to have known you both.

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