Lionel J. "Len" Nadeau

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Lionel J. "Len" Nadeau died at home on July 7, 2014. He was 93.

Len was born and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. He briefly attended Boston College before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. Len rose to the rank of master sergeant. After his service, Len moved to Hartford and married Dorothea Rigg in 1946, spending most of their lives together in Manchester.

Len spent a very long career with the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Youth Services, most notably as a fair hearing officer and eventually headed that department. After retirement, Len and Dorothea moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where they lived happily for over 20 years before returning to Manchester in 2006.

Len was known for his charming demeanor and care for others. He loved puns and music - in fact he was a well-known local singer in his youth. He was an active participant in the Greater Hartford Toys for Tots campaign and helped manage that annual effort for several years. While in Fort Myers, he donated his time and lovely speaking voice to a radio news service that brought local and national news to the blind.

Len leaves his beloved wife, Dorothea; and his children, Linda Nadeau, Charles Nadeau, Philip Nadeau, and Laura Nadeau.

Family and friends may call at the John F Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, on Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m to noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory would be much appreciated. The family suggests the Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., Manchester, CT 06040; or the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut and North Central Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 10 to July 14, 2014
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