In Memory

Richard Donald Fortin - Class Of 1961

Richard Donald Fortin

August 14, 1943 - March 15, 2019

Richard Donald Fortin, Jr., 75, of Liberty Chapel Road, Appomattox, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at his residence. He was the husband of Connie Phelps Fortin.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on August 14, 1943, he was a son of the late Richard Donald Fortin, Sr. and the late Alvena Fox Frappier. He was a member of Mount Comfort United Methodist Church. Richard retired from Advance Auto in Appomattox.

In addition to his wife, Connie, he is survived by a son, Richard Donald Fortin, III and wife, Jessica of Roanoke; a daughter, Ximene Norfield of Appomattox; and three grandsons, Christopher Norfield, Dylan Norfield, and Richard Donald Fortin, IV.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, J. J. Fortin.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church by Rev. John Flood. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Mt. Comfort UMC, 4901 Oakville Road, Appomattox, VA 24522.

Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting

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04/07/19 05:33 PM #1    

George H. Winkelmann (1961)

To Connie, Family and have my deepest sympathies for your loss.  Richard was one of the good guys.  Not that we any 'bad' guys in the Class of '61 at John Adams HS in South Bend, but Richard was one the good guys!!!!  Always a ready smile and willingness to help out a fellow classmate, and a great sense of humor.  We don't like to think about the fact that we are all approaching the time in life when some of us are leaving before others, and we mourn the loss.  Please share memories, laugh and cry.  God bless you all.  May His presence bring peace and comfort.  Another Eagle as flown into the eternal sky!  Love and prayers...

George H. Winkelmann  Class of '61 John Adams High School

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