Obituary of Lindbergh L. Nadeau
DELHI Lindbergh Leonard Nadeau, 86, died Sunday April 6, 2014, at his home in Delhi, from a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was surrounded by family and friends and feisty to the end. Leonard is survived by his sister Velma Everitt, of Enfield, Ct.; daughters Dawn Nadeau, of Seattle, Wa.; Athena Nadeau, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Deborah Jones-Norberto, of Mohegan Lake, NY; son, Michael Nadeau, of Kasilof, Alaska; 3 granddaughters, 1 grandson, and one great-granddaughter. Leonard was born 1/29/28 in Hartford, Ct. to Patrick Nadeau and Esther Levasseur. He is predeceased by sister, Joanne (2006) and sister, Patricia (1981). He is a WWII veteran, serving in the US Navy (1/6/45-8/7/46), Seaman 1st class. He is a recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Medal. Len spent the rest of his career in the Merchant Marines, sailing the world as the inveterate adventurer and traveler. Len, aka "the captain", ended up in NYC where he managed to scrape together enough money to buy a cold water flat on 2nd Ave in alphabet city. He lived there for years and refurbished the building with "reclaimed" material. He could be found holding court at McSorley's Ale House pontificating about anything and everything. Len gathered many interesting objects which eventually traveled with him to Delaware County where he purchased his 72 acre farm in Delhi, NY. Len loved his house and land and was very enthusiastic about the plentiful and pure water supply. His entrepreneurial endeavors included raising trout, cultivating algae, and attempting to bottle water. Len had a good voice and was a member of a barbershop quartet. In his later years, Len took great joy in outings to Wal-Mart, racing through the aisles in a motorized cart grabbing candy and Oreos from the shelves; he also took pleasure from curating and watching his extensive collection of movies. A fraternity brother remembers Len this way: "A sailor by nature he delighted in singing and dancing a jig with his woodland friends. He loved nature and beauty and natural beauties." A fellow merchant marine remembers: "There are few stories about Len that are fit for a small-town obituary…most revolve around the pursuit of red-headed women ,bath-tub escapades, or outrageous sailor adventures in foreign lands. Suffice to say he practiced non-judgmental living, he loved life, and pursued it with gusto." His past year under the care of Catskill Area Hospice was a special time as Len enjoyed meeting new people and regaling the staff and volunteers with his many stories. He fell in love one last time. Go Len! Donations can be made to Catskill Area Hospice. A military funeral and memorial party are planned for this summer. Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so on-line at www.macarthurfh.com. Arrangements are by MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.