, Newburyport, MA

June 27, 2011

Earl R. Tessimond Sr., 92

BIG FORK, Mont. — Earl R. Tessimond Sr., 92, formerly of Amesbury, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Kalispell Medical Center in Montana.

Born in Amesbury on June 22, 1919, he was the son of the late Nathaniel and Marie (Gilbert) Tessimond. He was the husband of Dolores (Arseneault) Labell Tessimond and the late Nina (McGillvary) Tessimond.

A longtime Amesbury resident, he attended Amesbury schools and was Captain of the Amesbury Indians football team, graduating from A.H.S. with the class of 1937.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aerial gunner-engineer in the CBI Theater. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross air medal, as well as many other medals and citations, having flown over 50 bombing missions with the "Flying Tigers."

Following the war, he attended and graduated from the Mass. State Police Academy with high honors and became a well-known Amesbury police officer, attaining the rank of captain. He "walked the beat" for the Amesbury P.D. for over 33 years, retireing in 1982. He was also active in youth sports, managing many Little League baseball teams, he served as an umpire, and also was a referee for junior and high school football.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Earl R. Tessimond Jr. and his wife Donna of Hampton, N.H., and Terry A. Tessimond and wife Tia of Amesbury; one brother, Arthur Tessimond of Amesbury; two sisters, Dorothy "Dolly" Tessimond of Amesbury, and Marjoried Whiting of Merrimac; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Family Parish Church, 2 School St., Amesbury. Burial with militiary honors will follow in the Mt. Prospect Cemetery on Elm Street. Calling hours at E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury, are Tuesday, June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.