WATERVILLE – Lester D. Nadeau, 85, of Louise Avenue and formerly of Winslow, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at Lakewood in Waterville. He was born in Waterville on July 12, 1922, the son of Joseph and Susan (Albert) Nadeau. He was an Army veteran of World War II during the Normandy invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Sicily. He was the grand marshal of the Winslow Fourth of July Parade in 2002. He retired in 1999 as the beloved custodian at Winslow Junior High School where he had volunteered for 20 years for the football program. Mr. Nadeau was the man who lugged water jugs, first-aid equipment, ice and any other things needed on the sideline. He later became the crossing guard.
The Winslow/Vassalboro Lions Club awarded Lester the Citizen of the Year on July 4, 2007. He was a lifetime member and past post commander of the Macrillis-Rousseau Post Veterans of Foreign Wars of Winslow and the Bourgue-Lanigan Post American Legion in Waterville. He was honored in 2004 by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for his services in World War II and he had been past state commander of the group. Mr. Nadeau had been a Boy Scout Leader and a member of St. John the Baptist Church Choir. He was awarded “good neighbor” award by students when he retired June 28, 1996. He was the No. 1 fan of school sports. He was past president of both the Silver Spur Riding Club in Sidney and the Union at Wyandotte Mill Industry in Waterville.
He is survived by two daughters, Vicki Harwood of Lunenburg, Mass., and Treasure Ann Kena of Spanaway, Wash.; four granddaughters; a grandson; six great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Eva Nadeau of Waterville, Albertine of Sherrill, N.Y., and Evelyn Nadeau of Winslow.
He was predeceased by his parents and 14 sisters and brothers.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, at St. John the Baptist Church, 47 Monument St., Winslow. Committal prayers and military honors will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street, Waterville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, 93 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901. Arrangements are with the Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.
Burial at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Waterville, Kennebec, Maine