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On March 26, 2023, Gerald D. Nadeau of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away, at the age of 72 years young,
after a long courageous battle with cancer.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Gerald wanted to live long enough for his grandchildren to remember him and all the great memories they made together. He is adored by them, and they speak of him fondly.
I guess it worked Ger.
Gerald was born to Lucien and Theresa Nadeau (Voisine) in Eagle Lake, Maine, and moved to Connecticut at the age of five, where he made numerous, great lifelong friends. Gerald studied Printing and was employed by Stanley Works as a Printer. He later went to work at Fafnir Bearing Co/Ingersoll Rand, Peter Paul Electronics, and then again, Stanley Works as a Tool Maker. Gerald was an avid baseball player, who played in Little League, high school and several years beyond. He was especially proud of his accomplishments as a pitcher, pitching no hitters.
He met the love of his life Mary (Giannini} in Farmington, CT. They were married in 1978 and went on to have three awesome children, Suzanne, Paul, and Christopher, whom he was devoted to. He was predeceased by Paul, shortly after his birth in 1981.
Gerald's passions were first and foremost his six grandchildren, attending as many of their hockey practices, games, tournaments and other events they were involved in. He enjoyed deep sea fishing on Long Island Sound, hockey, golfing, visiting his aunts, uncles and numerous cousins, while vacationing at Eagle Lake Maine. He loved camping and riding ATVs with his children, grandchildren and friends. Gerald had fond memories of adventurous rides throughout Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. He prepared hundreds of eggs on toast breakfasts, along with the numerous pounds of bacon that he cooked for everyone, combined with laughter filled campfires under the stars. He was a great cribbage player, and a quick solver of challenging crossword puzzles daily. He always did like debating his number one daughter-in-law Aimee.
We fondly remember the eight years volunteering for the New Britain High School Golden Hurricanes Marching Band while in the Parent's Music Association, chaperoning, providing security, carrying water during parades, fund raising, and filming the band for future performances. Gerald was also a foster parent to five children, loving them as his own, the moment they walked in our front door.
After retirement in 2011, Gerald and Mary moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He helped manage his son's businesses doing whatever was needed until his health failed.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife Mary of 45 years, whom he pampered, his daughter Suzanne and Brandon Clark, his son Christopher and Aimee Nadeau, and six grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Brandon Jr, Christopher Jr., his number one granddaughter Kaylee, and Garrett, all of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Two brothers, Philip and Robert Nadeau, two sisters, Elaine Lopez and Brenda Sokolowski. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerald was predeceased by his son Paul Douglas Nadeau, his parents Lucien and Theresa Nadeau, two sisters, Rena Schoonmaker and Jacqueline Leigh and his brother Ronald Nadeau.
We, the Nadeau family are heartbroken by the loss of a wonderful man whose greatest joy was his family. He was at times stern and stubborn but when he wasn't smiling on the outside, he was "smiling on the inside" as he would always say..
He was one of the most selfless, kind, genuine, honest, and caring persons we know. The earth has lost an incredible man, but heaven has gained an angel. You are already sorely missed. We love you Ger, and offer thanks and praise to God for the gift of
A memorial mass will be held for Gerald, at a later date, at:
St. Ann's Church
47 Clark St.
New Britain, CT 06053
A celebration of his life will also be held in Connecticut with a time and place to be determined.
We hope everyone can make it. We'll keep you posted.
We want to express our profound gratitude to Amber Ratcliff, and Tracey Brown, Father Randy of St. Mary's church. Guy and Terri, Chaplains at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, all ICU, Emergency Room, and Telemetry staff at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Palliative and Hospice Care Services, and relatives and friends too numerous to name.
To everyone who went out of their way to give Gerald the most wonderful care during his final days - our family is so grateful for your kindness and compassion. To the entire team mentioned above - every one of you exceeded every expectation during an extremely difficult journey. Thank you for treating our beloved family member with such dignity, respect, kindness and love.
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