Robert Nadeau, 79: Korean War veteran, enjoyed woodworking

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Robert “Bob” Nadeau, 79, died at his home Sept. 27, from colon cancer.

A native of Nashua, N.H., he graduated from Nashua High School in 1950.

In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War.

Upon his return he was stationed in North Carolina where he met his future wife, Doris, and was honorably discharged after his tour of duty.
 
He worked for Sanders Association of Nashua for 12 years before accepting a position of drafting supervisor of their Sonar Buoy Division in South Portland, where he worked for five years until the company closed. He and his wife stayed in Maine where they raised their children.

He enlisted in the Air National Guard of South Portland 243rd Division where he served for nearly 18 years as a “weekend warrior,” until retiring at age 60.

Subsequently he started working sanding and refinishing floors, and took great pride in his work.

In 2006 he had a small stroke, but continued to work in his shop doing small projects until his cancer operation in 2009.

Surviving are his wife Doris of 57 years; five children and their spouses, Shirley of New Hampshire, Debra Leclair and Marc of Arizona, Cynthia Foster of New Gloucester, Wayne and Joyce of New Hampshire, Scott and Sherry of Limerick; and three grandchildren, Lynn Thorpe, Bethany and Jennifer Leclair.

A memorial visitation was held Oct. 1 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 553, Portland, ME 04112.

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