Longtime music promotion government Justin Fontaine has died, a supply near the household confirmed to Billboard. He was 61.
In an announcement obtained by Deane Media Solutions, Fontaine’s widow, Kelly Edwards Fontaine, stated, “Justin was my husband for 11 years and the love of my life for 14 years. We chased his dreams throughout his retirement and there was nothing better than seeing him truly happy and thriving.”
“Justin had the best smile, the silliest sense of humor, a sensitive heart and a passion for living life to its fullest,” she continued. “I’m so grateful for the years we had together and I will miss him for the rest of my days.”
Fontaine’s explanation for demise has not been revealed.
Prior to his retirement, Fontaine rose to senior vp of promotion at Hollywood Records, the place he labored for 13 years after being employed on the label in 2000. Fontaine additionally labored as vp of nationwide promotion at Capitol Records between 1997 and 2000 and served in promotion roles at Sony Work Group, Chaos Recordings, Chrysalis Records, Geffen Records and Mercury Records. He began his profession in 1980 at Capitol Records’ Detroit department as a customer support consultant.
Following his retirement in 2013, Fontaine constructed his dream dwelling in Montana, loved enjoying golf and rode bikes throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He was additionally an achieved drummer.
Tributes from Fontaine’s music business colleagues poured in following information of his demise (through Deane Media Solutions).
Fred Deane, CEO at Deane Media Solutions: “Justin and I were dear professional friends for decades. He would always brighten up a room with that charming smile, and was one of the most affable, charismatic, and approachable label execs in our business. He will be missed, but his memories will remain vibrant in many of our minds.”
Tony Smith, vp of promotion at Hollywood Records: ”Justin and I shortly grew to become associates in Detroit within the early 80’s after we each labored for Capitol. I used to be fortunate to later work with him at Mercury Records after which Hollywood the place he employed me. What I bear in mind most about Justin was his tenacity in every little thing he did and one of the best occasions we had have been at all times on the golf course. My household beloved Justin and particularly my sons who had the possibility to actually get to know him, hockey speak was frequent with Red Wings vs. Devils. He was a really beneficiant and caring particular person and had a fast wit. I’ll miss him significantly and at all times hold the reminiscences of the great occasions we had collectively.”
Alex Tear, vp of pop music & programming at SiriusXM + Pandora: “Although I hadn’t linked with Justin in years, early on in my Michigan profession he at all times took the time and noticed potential in me that I had no confidence with. I’ll at all times keep in mind that about him and pay it ahead, he was an ideal man with an unforgettable smile that might be significantly missed.“
Todd Cavanah, regional vp at Audacy: “Like so many of us that knew Justin, we were introduced through music either on the radio or record side. Justin and I became great friends over the years as he would stay with me at my vacation home on Flathead Lake in Montana. A few years later, he built his retirement home there and we became neighbors. Justin was his happiest golfing, boating, riding jet skis, taking motorcycle trips, and driving his Corvette around the lake. This is the Justin that I will always remember. This is a very sad day for all of us. I miss you buddy.”
Scott Jameson, vp of nationwide content material/director of programming at Beasley Media, “Justin was a dear friend. We met in 1986 when I was in Kansas City. We both shared our love of golf and played together often. In 1997 he was the best man at my wedding and later would visit often and hang out with our family. My young son Leo called him ‘Uncle Justin.’ This past Christmas we vacationed in Scottsdale and planned on getting together but he was traveling when we were there. I’m saddened beyond words.”
Bob Cavallo, former president at Hollywood Records (now retired): “Justin was an important contributor to the great turnaround of the Disney Music Group. He developed a highly effective promotion staff at a very difficult time in the marketplace. I enjoyed working with him. We became great friends.”
Ken Benson, former radio programmer and now advisor: “I met Justin when I became the Program Director of WRQN in 1990. He was the local Geffen Detroit rep at the time. I was immediately impressed by his passion for music, his integrity, and his no nonsense style. Our business relationship quickly turned into a friendship that lasted over 30 years.”
Mark Todd, former radio programmer, “I considered Justin one of my very best friends. But that wasn’t an anomaly among those of us he interacted with in radio. It’s interesting that while he remained in contact with his record company peers, many of his ‘after retirement friends’ were actually from radio. I think that speaks volumes about the person and how he conducted himself personally and professionally.”