Stephen M. Tessier, age 55, of Falmouth, died peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston on April 6, 2017, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, with his wife Cheryl singing softly at his side. He also leaves behind Cheryl’s children Michael and Lauren DeVaux and Lauren’s son Cristiano, who loved his Grampy; his mother, Anne Tessier of Falmouth; brothers Paul Tessier (Julian Bland) of Niceville, FL, and Ted (Lorna) Tessier of St. Augustine, FL; sisters Maryanne (Paul) Richards of Forestdale, Denise Dias of Falmouth, Nanci Tessier of Needham, Jacki (Mark) Diani of Milton, Jennifer (John) Antonucci of Westwood, and Patricia (John) Sipple of Ithaca, NY; Godparents Aunt Mary Lou & Uncle John McDonough of Burlington; many cousins, including Falmouth residents Kathleen Hall, Karen Haendler, Michelle LeBlanc, Annmarie Currie; and numerous nieces and nephews. Steve is preceded in death by his father, Louis A. Tessier, and siblings, Christopher and Joyce.
Steve was born in New Bedford, MA, on January 7, 1962 and was raised in Falmouth. After graduating from Falmouth High School in 1980, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in business from New Hampshire College in 1984 and a JD from Suffolk University in 2000. He loved boating, and began his multi-faceted career working for the Falmouth Harbormaster, eventually returning to his beloved hometown, appreciating the area’s beauty, his life-long friends, and being near family. Creative, artistic, and witty, his ventures included printing, advertising, telemarketing, law, real estate, restaurant business, and, most recently, pursuing his love of animals with Cheryl at her ‘Dog House’ in Mashpee. Above all, he will be remembered for his loving heart, entrepreneurial spirit, and ever-present sense of humor.
Steve’s family wishes to thank the caregivers at Falmouth Hospital, Brigham and Women’s, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Pancan.org.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, April 9, from 4 – 7 pm at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway (Route 28A), in West Falmouth. All are invited to attend a Memorial Mass celebrating Steve’s life on Monday, April 10, at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, in Falmouth, with Eulogy at 9:45 AM and Mass at 10 AM.