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John Nadeau

John Thomas Nadeau

Thursday, April 27th, 1978 - Monday, May 27th, 2019
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John Nadeau
Indian Island
John Nadeau, 41, passed away unexpectedly May 27, 2019, due to a tragic accident in Bangor. John was funny, kind-hearted and loved by all who knew him. He was a talented craftsman in woodworking and created some very beautiful things, particularly some beautiful guitars. Over the years John had many pets but especially loved his dog “Oreo” who went everywhere with him.
John served in the Marine Corp and was very proud of his service.
In his teenage years he enjoyed playing ice hockey and still enjoyed watching the Bruins.
John was predeceased by his mother Katie (Flanigan) Nadeau.
He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Summer Francis of Indian Island; stepsons Hunter Francis and Marcus King; step granddaughter Kendall Yvonne King; his father The Reverend Roland Nadeau of Bangor; brothers Jim Nadeau and his wife Karen of Orrington, Joe Nadeau and his husband Eric of MI; nephews Sean and Isaac of South Carolina; aunt Sarah of Canaan; uncles John of Portland, Rick and his wife Natalie of PA, and Tom of Van Buren. John was loved very much by his extended family and many great friends.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5 to 8 pm. Thursday May 30, 2019 at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. A Funeral Mass will be held 9 am Friday May 31, 2019 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church, York St., Bangor, followed by the Rite of Committal at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor.
The family asks that instead of flowers folks consider a donation in John’s memory to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, 11 Penobscot Meadow Dr., Hampden, ME. 04444 or the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME. 04401.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith
    55 South Main Street
    Brewer, ME 04412
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  • Service

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 9:00am
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 9:00am
    St. John's Catholic Church
    207 York Street
    Bangor, ME 04401
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    Rev. Frank Murray
    Rev. Roland Nadeau
  • Interment

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 |
    Friday, May 31st, 2019
    Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery
    449 Ohio St.
    Bangor, ME 04401
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Justin Langlais

Posted at 06:45pm
John Nadeau, where do I begin.

We first met in 1993 in our freshman year of high school in Bangor. I forget exactly our first meeting but I remember a mutual friend who knew I played drums and John played guitar and we found a mutual interest. Around the same time I also met Eric McManus who played guitar as well and was good friends with John. Soon we started playing music at my house everyday after school. I was lucky to have an awesome Mother who tolerated it and the neighbors on my side of the house were older and had bad hearing so we could rock out pretty good without interruption for hours. Nadeau, McManus and I, we made some music. Both Eric and John were really talented guitar players and it was an honor to play with them. Looking back, those were some awesome times and I am forever grateful we got to have those experiences.

John and I worked for Scott Pelletier for a few summers on his vegetable farm. Scott would drop us off in a field by ourselves to pick veggies for a few hours. Since John and I were both good workers we would knock the work out in no time and then get into mischief the rest of the time. I remember one time John had the idea to throw rocks at the wooden bee hive stack in the fields for pollination. So there we went, taking turns throwing rocks as these bee colonies getting closer and closer to actually hitting one. Finally, bam! John hit one dead on. I'm sure we let out multiple expletives before our mouths dropped at the sight of this huge dark cloud rising from the bee colony. Running off into the woods to escape . We never did get stung and walked back out into the field just as Scott our boss was arriving to pick us up, us replying, "Good timing, we just finished!"

John's big blue F-250, I think it was a 1980. Man we had some good times in that truck. We always talked about flying through one of Scott's cornfields at night just mowing down our own path. Welllllllllll, one night we did just that. Flying through the field in a perfectly straight line. Showing up the next day at work having to listen to Scott go on this long rant about how someone drove through his corn field last night. John and I losing it inside barely able to keep straight faces. John somehow managed to exclaim, "What a bunch of punks, we should find those guys!" I don't think Scott ever found out that it was us.

I remember John and I had paper routes around this time. I was always so jealous of his route, every house on his street and each adjacent street, he could knock it out in 20 minutes. My route sucked, spread out all over my neighborhood, battling aggressive dogs, bad tippers, the list goes on. He always used to ask me how my crappy paper route was going, the perpetual jokester.

John had a good sense of humor and liked to joke around. I think he got it from his Dad who also liked to joke. But John always used to make fun of his Dad's jokes and almost be embarrassed when his Dad was telling them to me. For the record, Mr. Nadeau I always liked your jokes. :)

As much as John used to like to joke around when you were talking to him one on one he was as real as a person could get and you knew that deep down inside he had a great heart. I'll never forget that quality about John.

I moved to Hawaii in my senior year of high school and lost touch with John. I always tried to get in touch with him when I came back to Maine. We stayed in contact here and there but never as much as I would liked. I never had a right cell phone number, or missed him for one reason or another. But I do still have his house phone number on Sunbury still memorized, funny how that works.

I found out about John's passing from my brother Jason, who interestingly enough didn't like most of my friends but John was at the top of his list. There's something to be said about that since my brother generally doesn't like most people. (I know John would laugh at that)

When it finally sank in that night I cried harder than I've cried in quite a long time. One of the most solid people I've had the honor to know was gone. I am saddened to not be able to be there in person and pay my respects. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

Aloha John, until we meet again

Justin Langlais

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