Frederick Gerard Tellier, 89, of County Route 12 in Whitehall, New York, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 20, in the Glens Falls Hospital.
Mr. Tellier was born on October 11,1919, in Keeseville, New York, to Alfred and Georgianna (Frazier) Tellier. He married Myrtle Velma Herron in Whitehall, New York, on October 12, 1974 at the Notre Dame des Victories (now Our Lady of Hope) Catholic Church, of which he was a communicant.
He entered The Northern School for the Deaf in Malone, New York, in 1928 and graduated in 1939. It was here that he met his future wife.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Tellier was pre-deceased by three brothers: Omer, Herman, and Arthur Tellier and three sisters: Valeda LeClair, Leona Tellier (who died in infancy), and Geraldine Tellier.
He is survived by his wife Myrtle Velma (Herron) Tellier; two brothers, Maurice (and his wife Linda) of Peru, N.Y., and Ronald (and his wife Mary) of Terryville, Conn.; three sisters, Gladys Bombard of Keeseville, N.Y., Joan Rock of Port Kent, N.Y., and Georgianna "Jan" Warren of Keeseville, N.Y. in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Tellier’s first job was as a belt-sander at the Prescott Furniture Company in Keeseville, a position he held for 17 years. After that he worked at the New Departure Ball Bearings plant in Bristol, Conn. for 5 years and then 17 years at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company in Southington, Conn.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Tellier and his wife moved to Whitehall where they were very well known in the area for the wonderful handicrafts that they made and sold at the local flea market for many years. Jerry, as he was known to his friends, was an expert at working with plastic canvas. In addition he also made many types of original Christmas ornaments, magnets, and knick-knacks.
He also traveled extensively and never let his handicap slow him down: he was always eager to see new places, try new experiences, and make new friends — of which he had many.
Private services for the family were held on Tuesday, March 24, at the Jillson Funeral Home, Williams Street, Whitehall. Internment will follow in Greenmount Cemetery, Whitehall.
Contributions in Mr. Tellier’s memory may be given to the charity of one’s choice.