Louis A. Tessier, Jr., 89, passed away at his home in Falmouth, MA on Sunday, January 31, 2016, after having been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, with his wife, Anne, and children at his side.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Paul (Julian Bland) of Niceville, FL, Ted (Lorna) of St. Augustine, FL, Maryanne (Paul) Richards of Forestdale, Denise Dias of Falmouth, Nanci of Needham, Stephen (Cheryl) of Falmouth, Jacqueline (Mark) Diani of Milton, Jennifer (John) Antonucci of Westwood, and Patricia (John) Sipple of Ithaca, NY, his sister MaryLou (John) McDonough of Burlington, and his brother Joseph, of Punta Gorda, FL. His children, Christopher and Joyce, and sisters, Dorothy Engemann and Eileen Scacca, predeceased him. He leaves 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Born August 8, 1926 in Boston, MA to the late Louis and Florence (Sullivan) Tessier, Lou grew up in Dorchester and was a proud 1944 graduate of Boston Latin School, where he lettered in four varsity sports and was elected to Latin’s Hall of Fame. He proudly served his country multiple times – during WWII with the Army Air Corps on Okinawa (Japan), during the Korean War as an Army Field Artillery Instructor at Fort Sill, OK, and as a member of the Massachusetts Army Reserve.
Lou graduated from Boston College in 1951 and remained a dedicated alumnus. That same year he married Anne T. Flaherty of Norwood, started a family, and in 1954 moved to Falmouth where they operated Sherry’s, a seasonal restaurant on Main Street. Lou was a draftsman at Kingman Marine in Cataumet, taught high school math and science in Wareham and Bourne, and earned a Master of Education degree from Bridgewater State College. Although he eventually traded teaching for a 20-year career with Prudential Insurance, he remained a strong believer in education, encouraging and supporting his childrens’ academic, athletic, and co-curricular pursuits.
In 1961, Lou and Anne purchased the Charlotte Crest Motor Court and began operating it as the Sippewissett Cabins and Campground. Here Lou and Anne permanently settled, making this endeavor their full-time occupation, raising their family, forging bonds with returning guests, and hosting many family reunions. Lou loved improving the cabins, surveying the grounds as he traveled on his golf cart, and working the land on his Bobcat. He was deeply committed to the Town of Falmouth serving for many years as a member of the Beach Committee (past Chairman), Chamber of Commerce, and AMVETS. In addition, Lou was a Rotarian (past president) and active for many years as a member and past treasurer of the MA Association of Campground Owners (MACO).
Over the years, Lou and Anne opened their home and hearts to many friends and extended family. Lou always made a chair available so that anyone could join him in conversation, help with the morning crossword puzzle, listen to a good story, debate the political scene, or enjoy a sports game – providing they rooted for the right team, which was always the Boston team!
By his own admission, the smartest thing Lou ever did was to marry Anne, and the family they raised together was his greatest pride and joy. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 10. In recent years, Lou and Anne wintered in St. Augustine Beach, FL, spending time on genealogical research, attending trivia nights, enjoying each other, and visiting their friends and family.
A wake is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 5 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home on Route 28A in West Falmouth. A Funeral Mass will be said at noon on Saturday, February 6 at St. Patrick’s Church in Falmouth, followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. All are invited to attend and celebrate Lou’s life.
Lou’s family would like to thank the following for their compassionate care: Falmouth Fire and Rescue; Dr. Arthur Crago; the doctors, nurses, and staff at Falmouth Hospital and JML; and the caregivers of the VNA Hospice of Cape Cod.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to an organization that honors your relationship with Lou.