FRAMINGHAM – Robert Lionel Tessier, 86, a longtime resident of Framingham passed away peacefully at his home on December 24, 2017 surrounded by loving family.
Bob was born February 10, 1931 in Jay, Maine to Leo and Marguerite (Castonguay) Tessier.
Bob understood the meaning of hard work from an early age having grown up on the family’s working farm. He drove a tractor before a car, hitched and guided the horses to plow the fields and even won a cow milking contest.
After High School he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in England for three years where he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sargent.
Following his service to our country, he attended college and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Bob was a highly accomplished engineer. His career legacy spanned decades and included special projects such as: The Historic Christian Science Center in Boston, the General Dynamics Technology Center in Groton Connecticut, the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard and One International Place, the 6th tallest building in Boston that forever changed the Boston skyline.
Bob had many varied talents including spending time in his yard tending to his organic garden. Each year he planted nearly 100 tomato plants that yielded a bountiful harvest enjoyed by many family and friends around town. He loved to cook. Homemade soups and stews were his specialty and he was a fine and talented carpenter.
He was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of St. Bridget Parish in Framingham.
He loved his French heritage and always enjoyed the opportunity to exercise his fluency in the French language. The one thing that gave him more pride than being a Veteran was being a Pépé. Bob was a devoted husband and father. Taking care of and spending time with his family were his number one priority. Some favorite family times included vacations on Cape Cod and going to Red Sox baseball games.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judith Panza Tessier, his daughter, Jill Tessier Schindler and her husband Aaron of Framingham, his grandson, Avery Schindler, his sisters, Rita Wallace and her husband Richard of Sarasota Florida, Dolores Turmel of Jay, Maine, Olivette Zando and her husband Phil of Auburn, Maine and Diane Thibodeau and her husband Larry of Amherst, New Hampshire, 16 nieces and nephews, many of which are his Godchildren and his brother-in-law, Richard Panza and his wife, Betty of Framingham. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Marguerite Tessier, his parents-in-law, Charles and Gertrude Panza, his brother- in- law, Bert Turmel and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass on Saturday, December 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 830 Worcester Road, in Framingham.
Burial will follow at Edgell Grove Cemetery, in Framingham.
Visiting hours at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. will be Friday, December 29 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name may be made to The American Diabetes Association, P.O Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or to Air Force Aid Society, 241 Eighteenth St. Suite 202, Arlington, VA 22202