Humbert Albert Fontana

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 25, 2017


Of Newport, NC died Friday, April 21, 2017. Buddy
practiced Physical Therapy in Northern VA for 35 years
before moving to Newport, NC. He is survived by his
wife of 56 years, Terry; four children, Umberto, Antonio,
Gina and Steve; and nine grandchildren.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday,
April 24, 2017 at Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 25.
2017. At 11 a.m., at St. Egbert Catholic Church,
Morehead City.

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and
Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City.

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Humbert Albert “Buddy” Fontana, 81, of Newport, passed quietly on Friday, April 21,

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at St.
Egbert Catholic Church, with the pastor, the Rev. Thomas Davis officiating. Interment will
be in the Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, VA., at a later date.

Buddy was born March 28, 1936, in the family home at 1305 Trinidad Avenue,
Washington, DC to an Italian immigrant, Umberto Fontana and mother, Elena LeDonne.  
His father emigrated from Naples, Italy, with his uncle Gabriele, and the two of them
opened a tailor shop, “Fontana Tailors” on North Capital Street, Washington, DC.  
Buddy was the 6th in a family of 8 (4 boys and 4 girls).

He loved sports, playing football, track, basketball, gymnastics, and boxing.  He was an
AAU Silver Gloves Champion in Boxing in the 65 and 95 lb weight class, Jr. Golden
Gloves runner up in 1953 (Bantam wt class) and champion in 1954 (Feather wt class).

He attended the University of Maryland 1954-1957.  He was a Corpsman in the US
Naval Reserves for 8 years (joined at age 17).  After graduating from the University of
Maryland, he attended Physical Therapy School (D. T. Watson School of Physiatrics), a
division of the University of Pittsburgh  in Swickley, Pennsylvania.

He practiced physical therapy for 35 years in the Northern Virginia area, being honored
by the Virginia Physical Therapy Association with the Beb Cash Award, selected by his
peers for outstanding contributions to clinical practice.

He loved to watch all sports and was an avid Washington Redskins fan and a season
ticket holder, while he lived in Northern VA. He was an avid fisherman and relocated to
the Inter Coastal Waterway in Newport, NC in his later years.  He was a past President
of the Holy Mackerel Fishing Club.

He loved music and had an extensive opera and record collection.

Buddy attended St. Philip’s Catholic Church while in Northern Virginia, and St. Egbert
Catholic Church since moving to  Morehead City.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Terry; 4 children, Umberto, Antonio, Gina and
Steve.  He will be missed by his 9 grandchildren, Chelsea, Morgan, Dominic, Adrianna,
Eric, Julia, Leo, Alexis and Enzo.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Professional
Circle, Morehead City, NC on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 6 – 8 PM, with a Christian
Wake Service at 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Egbert Catholic
Church, 1706 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, or The American Cancer
Society, 2202 Wrightsville Avenue, Suite 111, Wilmington, NC  28403