1933 – 2015

AUGUSTA — Conrad G. “Toots” Tessier, 82, a longtime resident of North Turner, died Wednesday, July 22, at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, following a brief stay at Maine Veterans’ Homes.

He was born in Livermore Falls, April 8, 1933, the son of Hector and Flora (Morrisette) Tessier. He attended Livermore Falls schools, where he played football and graduated from Livermore Falls High School in 1952.

During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army overseas. After the war, he continued his service as a reservist and then as member of the Maine Guards.

After the war, he attended the University of Maine at Orono. He then relocated to California, where he worked and lived for a number of years.

From California, he became a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English in Washington, D.C., and in Tehran, Iran. After returning to Maine, he taught at Jay and Livermore Falls High schools.


On June 22, 1968, he married Nancy Ann Melvin in Lewiston. They lived in North Turner for 45 years.

Conrad worked over three decades for local manufacturers in central and western Maine, retiring from Knapp Shoe in 1997.

He enjoyed spending time working on the old homestead in North Turner, attending to his plentiful vegetable gardens, and making home brew. Ice fishing, horned pout fishing, barbecuing and watching any sporting event were enjoyable pastimes.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of North Turner; son, Anthony and his wife, Kendra, of Windham; daughter, Sarah Tessier-Roy and her husband, Brian, and Conrad’s granddaughters, Samantha and Gabby of North Turner; sister, Jacqueline Conzemius and her husband, Robert, of Ames, Iowa; sister-in-law, Leona McLain and her husband, Roland, of Auburn; brother-in-law, Daniel J. Melvin and his wife, Betty, of Lewiston; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Paul, in 2003, Hervey in 2006, and Norman in 2012.

A beloved husband, dad, papa and brother, he will live on in our hearts forever.

The family would like to thank the kind caregivers from Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice; private caregiver, Janet; Seniors-Plus; Catholic Charities and Victorian Villa Day Services, for supporting his quest to stay at home as long as possible. The family also thanks his final caregivers at Maine Veterans’ Home and MaineGeneral Health.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.

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