Lionel Prosper Tessier

June 19, 1927August 2, 2019

TESSIER, Lionel Prosper – At the Cornwall Community Hospital on Friday August 2, 2019. He was 92. Loving partner for 58 years of Tom Thompson. Sadly missed by 2 brothers, Marcel Tessier (Raymonde) and Jean Tessier (Jovette) and 2 sisters, Theresa Belanger (late Armand), Jacqueline Emard (late Claude). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Prosper and Pearl (Martel) Tessier, his brothers Bernard Tessier (late Susan), Roger Tessier (in infancy) and his sister Agnes Lavictoire (late Paul). Cremation services entrusted to the M. John Sullivan Funeral Home, 341 Pitt Street (across from city hall) Cornwall. Family and friends are requested to assemble at St. Peters Catholic Church on Saturday August 10, 2019 at 10am for Funeral Mass. Committal to follow at Notre Dame Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, Memorial Donations to Hospice Cornwall would be appreciated by the family.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 10, 2019


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Tobias Maxwell

August 11, 2019

Tom, very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of being on stage with Lionel in Hello Dolly. He was such a gentleman.

Todd Page

August 10, 2019

Some of my fondest childhood memories, are from spending time with Lionel and my uncle Tommy. Whether it was at their home, their camp in summerstown, or at the theatre that Lionel loved so very much. I will never forget the lessons in dignity and caring that I learned as a child spending time with and observing Lionel . I loved and cared for him deeply, and always will. Lionel was one of the most caring and intelligent people I have had the honor to have known. R.I.P, I will always love you and will never forget you. Lionel and Tommy's loving nephew.

Stefanie True

August 10, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Lionel's passing. My dearest memories of him were from the show Grease, which he directed. I said then he was my favourite director, and he remains so! Always kind, encouraging, and funny; sharing insights, stories, and jokes. He had years of experience, and as a young actor, he provided so much support and inspiration, which led me into my profession today.

I will miss him dearly, as I know so many people in Cornwall will. It is with great respect and admiration that I say goodbye to him, and share my deepest condolences with Tommy and all his loved ones.

Joan Collins (Hamill)

August 9, 2019

To all the Tessier family and to Tom: Myself and all the Hamill family offer their condolences on the passing of Lionel. So many fond memories of music and laughter on McConnell Avenue and especially at the cottage on Cameron's point. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Joan

Russell True

August 9, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to Tom and Lionel’s families.
We are so sorry we won’t be able to be at the memorial service, as we are presently with Stefanie in Europe, but our hearts will be with you.
We will always remember the good times we shared.
Rest in peace, Lionel.
Russ and Renate

Renate True

August 9, 2019

I met Lionel when I first came to Cornwall in 1991. Looking for a way to meet people and to get involved in the community, I auditioned for a chorus part in Fiddler on the Roof, which Lionel directed. I got in and the rest is history. Lionel and Tom became good friends of ours throughout the years. We fondly remember all the shows, parties, dinners, Rummoli games, and last but not least, the Casino trips we had together. Rest in peace, Lionel, we miss you.
Russ and Renate

barbara bracken

August 8, 2019

Lionel and Tommy were two of my favorite people. Lionel had a lovely laugh and a great sense of humour.I enjoyed being directed by him and directing him (long time ago). Just a few days ago I was telling my husband that I wanted to visit. Why do we always wait too long to see those we hold in our hearts?

Carole Billard

August 8, 2019

When I think of my uncle Lionel I think of a man that was loving, generous, kind, and patient. I remember when all our family worked at the Capitol Theater, him and I had something in common and that was our love of The Muppets. When the Capitol Theater closed I inherited his Kermit the Frog doll and I still have it after so many years. I also remember the parties that he used to throw when we were kids, these were parties for the grown-ups for Christmas. Somehow my uncle always included the children, we were never in the way, we were never an inconvenience. We were always truly welcome and he always had gifts for each and everyone of us. For a man who never had his own children he certainly treated his nieces and nephews like his own. Those are the memories that I hold close to my heart now that this special man is gone. Rest in peace monocle Onell, We love you and we will miss you.

Gerry and Lois Rosenquist

August 7, 2019

To Tom and Lionel's family and his HUGE family of friends: Lois and I were so sorry to hear of Lionel's passing. We got to know him very well through our connections with Upper Canada Playhouse. His most impressive quality was to stay calm in what could turn out to be a nasty situation. He had the quiet, soothing, nonthreatening voice that was necessary at those times. We and all UCP board members loved him for that. Combining that ability with a gift for volunteering and working hard at it (Marshall Button has already alluded to his raffle ticket selling ability) made him a valuable asset to Cornwall and area. May he rest in peace.
Gerry and Lois Rosenquist

Nicole Carriere

August 6, 2019