Frederick (Rick) George Tessier

September 3, 1946 to October 15, 2019


Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 after a short illness, Frederick (Rick) George Tessier, age 73 years of St. John’s. Predeceased by parents Frederick M and Mary (nee Buffett) Tessier, sister Eloise Cooper and brother Carl. Leaving to mourn special grandson Dylan Williams; stepdaughter Stacey Cantwell; brothers James (Anne), and Bruce (Marilyn); sister-in-law Anne; brother-in-law Cal Cooper; nieces Susan, Michele, Angela and Jill; nephew Mark; also, a large circle of friends. Rick was a very spiritual person and spent many hours as a chaplain at the Health Sciences Centre and H M Penitentiary. Cremation has taken place at his request. Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 and Friday, October 18th, 2019 from 10-12. Service to be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday October 18th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. No flowers by request. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



2-4 p.m. on October 17, 2019

7-9 p.m. on October 17, 2019

10 - 12 noon on October 18, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Friday October 18th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Please accept our deepest condolences. We both grew up with Rick and remember him well Thelma and Albert Williams

Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing,. Thinking of all the family at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all.. Blanche Matthews & Jake Weymouth

Sending my condolences and prayers to all who lives Rick touched. I worked with Rick many years ago and he was always a sweet gentle soul. He will be missed. Till we meet again my friend, Rest In Peace .

Jim, Bruce and the entire Tessier family..

So very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

Bea and Allan

Dylan, and others in Rick’s family, my heart goes out to you at this time. I will be thinking of you and praying for you in the days and weeks to come. Your grandfather was full of love for you and so proud of you.

Rick was truly a great man. He accepted all for who they were, and gave of himself until there was nothing left to give. I am a better person for having met him, and feel blessed to have journeyed at his side for so many of “our brothers”. Sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

We are friends of Rick. He was a Christian who helped many people. Now Rick is with the Lord in Heaven.
Our sympathy to Rick’s family, you are in our prayers.
by Lewis and Janita Osmond

To my Newfoundland family
My love to you all and sincere sympathy in Rick’s recent passing. Joy

To :The Tessier Family,
Our sincere and deep sympathies in Rick’s recent passing. Upon reading the card and the letter posted in the funeral home, it is clear Rick touched many lives from all walks of life. It was clearly a calling that Rick performed exceedingly well.

He has left Family and Friend’s with a legacy of Love, Laughter and Many Happy and Special Memories and May this keep You buoyed during this difficult period.

Our Love and Prayer’s.
Wayne and Freda🌹🌹

We were deeply saddened to hear of Rick’s passing.. Rick was a valued friend of both of us.and in fact was best man at our wedding 51 years ago. We regret losing touch with him over the past number of years. We didn’t know he was living in the St. John’s area..May he rest in peace.

I have many fond memories of Rick as a boss and co-worker, and friend. Sincere condolences to the family.

Deepest sympathy from myself and fellow staff at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary. Rick will be remembered as a dedicated and kind volunteer.

Sincere condolences to the Tessier family. We have fond and lasting memories of our banking days and group gatherings while in Dartmouth, NS.

rick we are going to miss you so much. the times that we had great discussions at our mens morning ministry. the christmas dinners and our joint concerns for the homeless and those less fortunate. you are a true friend and a wonderful disciple for God. God bless you our friend..

So sorry to hear of Ricks sudden passing , God bless you all during this sad time, Elaine Penney

The Tessier Family,

Sorry to hear of Ricks passing. . Deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time .

Judy & Gerry Gulliver

So sorry to hear of Ricks passing. He certainly was a servant for God as he helped so many that society deemed hopeless. He gave them hope and encouraged them to see that God had a plan for their lives.
“Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is great..” Matthew 5:12

So sorry for your loss, condolences to all the families may God bless you at this difficult time.

My wife and I am very saddened by this news. Rick was a very spiritual person indeed, who spent most of his time helping others, and this sometimes took a toll on his energy. I remember the years that he spear headed the Christmas dinners at church, for lonely people during the holidays. As well, he spent many many hours helping inmates at HMP, trying to turn their lives around and helping them get a new start in life. He was well liked and will be missed by many. God bless him for the light that he spread in life. He has surely found peace.

Saddened by the news of Rick’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

So sorry to hear of Ricks passing. Our deepest condolences to all of his family. May God comfort you all in the most difficult days ahead.
Sincerely Mary & Ches Cluett

Dylan and Family,,

I only met your grandfather in May. I am grateful for who he became in my life over the last number of months. His love for you was palpable and you are certainly the most important person in his life. God bless you and your family at this time of loss.

So sorry to hear of Rick,s passing.Thinking of you all at this sad time..

So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that we are thinking of you at this sad time.
Wayne & Winnie Tibbo

My deepest sympathy to Rick’s family . I’ve only known him for a few years and found him to be a very honest and caring man. He will certainly be missed..

I met Rick a few years ago he helped me through a very hard time in my life. I got through and me and Rick remained friends. Rick was always there to chat and reassure. Myself and wife became very fond of Rick he was an amazing man and helped so many and was always there if you needed him.
We’ll miss you my friend.
Rest in Peace

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sorry to learn of Ricks passing..Condolences to all..

So sorry to hear of Ricks passing . Haven’t seen him since school days . My condolences to the family may he RIP
Marilyn Mercer nee Crewe

So very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing! A very compassionate man who loved his grandson Dylan with all his heart! R.I.P.Rick and fly high with the Angel’s!

Sending our deepest condolences to all the families.May God bless you all.

So sorry to read of Ricks passing. Our condolences to all his family. RIP Rick.

Sending condolences to the family,.Our thoughts and prayer are with you at this sad time.

So sorry to hear of Ricks passing. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers today and in the difficult days to follow. Love and God bless. Meshelle Sean Sarah and Katherine. Xo

So sorry to hear this news.. hasn’t seen Rick for years but spent quite a bit of time at his home when he was very young ., Thoughts and prayers are with you all

Thinking of you in this time of grief.
Paul & Charles