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ASHLAND – James (Jim) William Tessier, age 67, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, December 10, 2020. 

He was predeceased by his wife, the one and only true love of his life, Donna (Hill) Tessier. 

Jim was born in Framingham, MA on September 27, 1953, and was the son of Rena (Garfield) Tessier of Ashland, and the late Arthur Tessier, also from Ashland.

In addition to his mother, Jim leaves his daughter, Michelle (Tessier) DiRamio and her husband Scott DiRamio of Webster, his son Brian Tessier from Greensboro, NC, his son Daniel Tessier from Ashland, and his son Jonathan Tessier and his wife Tiffany (Grace) Tessier from Ashland.  He also leaves his siblings John Tessier of Ashland, and Carol Brill and her husband Ed of Whitinsville, MA, along with several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves his sister-in-law, Cindy (Kydd) Tessier, and is predeceased by his brother, Cindy’s husband, Michael Tessier.

James also leaves his beautiful grandchildren Roses Norton, Amanda Norton, Rylie Tessier, Isabella Tessier, Tanner Tessier, Dylan Tessier, Landon Tessier,  Donovan Tessier, and another granddaughter on the way.

Jim was raised in Ashland and was a graduate of Ashland High School’s Class of 1971. 

He worked for General Motors in Framingham, followed by Aggregate Industries in Ashland, before he retired. 

Jim enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, woodworking (he built 4 houses in his lifetime), reading, hiking, fishing, and watching the tall ships come in.  He even got the opportunity to drive a race car, something he always wanted to do. 

Because of the pandemic, there will be a private burial.  A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in 2021 for family and friends.

Jim was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, Papa, uncle, cousin, and friend who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James Tessier’s name in memory of his wife Donna Tessier and in support of his daughter Michelle DiRamio to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave.  Boston,  MA 02215 Or

Arrangements by Matarese Funeral home in Ashland.

Editor’s Note: Obituary was updated at 3:35 p.m. to correct name of funeral home.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.