Andre’ Robert Nadeau, 79, passed away on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vermont after a courageous 12-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born on May 13, 1942, he was raised in Johnson, Vermont by his parents, Albert and Anita (Fournier) Nadeau and was the oldest of their nine children. In 1965, Andre’ married his wife, Sally King Nadeau, at the St. Amadeus Church in Alburg, Vermont. Shortly thereafter, they began married life in their longtime home of Essex, Vermont.
Andre’ attended the University of Vermont and graduated in 1965 with a degree in Civil Engineering. That same year, he began his career in the construction business with the Vermont State Highway Department and soon after with the Town and Village of Essex as their Public Works Director. In 1974, Andre’ began a partnership to create Aztec Corporation in Williston, Vermont, focusing on construction of highways, bridges and water/sewer pipelines for cities and towns of Vermont. From 1995 through recent months, Andre’ was the business manager and civil engineer for A. Nadeau and Company, Inc., a sand and gravel business started by his father in 1945.
Besides his love for engineering, Andre’ was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed sailing, hunting, sugaring and golf. He was also well known as a Lionel model train enthusiast & history buff.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sally Nadeau and their three children Matthew Nadeau (Renee) of Johnson, Vermont, Andrea Manning (Kevin) of Saco, Maine, and Troy Nadeau of Wrightwood, California; three beloved grandchildren Dylan Nadeau, Cody Nadeau and Anika Manning. He is also survived by his eight siblings Arthur (Mary), Annette, Adrian (Bonnie), Armand, Albert (Linda), Alex (Lisa), Aime’ (Barbara) and Aline; brother-in-law George King (Louise) and sister-in-law Marcia Brow Ladue (Robert); as well as many nieces & nephews.
In addition to his parents, Andre’ was predeceased by his in-laws, Milton and Frances (Reilly, King) Brow and also his sister-in-law, Chrissy Nadeau.
At Andre's request, there was a private graveside blessing when he was laid to rest in the Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson, Vermont. The lot was chosen by Andre’ as he wanted to be "high & dry with a view of Daniel's Notch”.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Development Office, UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at UVM Home Health & Hospice, including the McClure Miller Respite House, and also Visiting Angels Home Care.