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August 9, 1943 - November 14, 2023
Evening prayers will be held on November 23rd at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Friary Chapel in Victoria, BC.
Funeral service will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish on November 24th, at 11:00 am in Victoria, BC. Funeral services provided by C.A.R.E Funeral Services, Victoria, BC.
In lieu of flowers: Please send to Franciscan Missionary Union, FMU in care of: Fr, Dennis Vavrek ofm., PO Box 430, Cochrane, AB. T4C 1A6.
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Br. Dominic Leverne Maurice Tessier was born on August 9, 1943 to Maurice Tessier and Alice Dupuis, in the town of Estevan, SK. He is survived by his sister Celia McGillicky and predeceased by sister Bernadetta, and brothers Philippe, Henrie, Armand, Everett and 2 brothers in infancy. Dominic entered the Franciscan Order at the young age of 18 years old in Cochrane, AB. After finishing his Noviate in San Miguel, California 4 years later, he took his final vows in July 27, 1968 in Estevan, SK. From there he was posted to St, Anthony’s College in Edmonton, working as a cleaner and cook. In 1970 Dominic moved to St. Francis Parish and joined the Parish team working with them for another 13 years, after which he spent a 2 year stay in Lumsden, SK. Port Alberni, BC., was his next stop. However after only a year he was posted back to Lumsden, SK., where he enjoyed his longest posting of 29 years, involving himself in retreat work. Simi-retirement and the closure of the Retreat Centre in Lumsden, allowed him to get a taste of Island life, with a final move to Victoria, BC. Finally at the age of 80 with 59 years of service to his Franciscan community, Br. Dominic was called home to the Lord. Br. Dominic was well like and respected wherever he called home. His gentle demeanour and welcoming personality won him friends on the inside and on the outside of his Franciscan family. It can be said that Br. Dominic had himself on very large social network, where his best buddy was the telephone. St. Francis, the founder of his Franciscan Order once said prior to his death, “I did what was mine to do.”
May Br. Dominic now rest in the Eternal Arms of God.