Joseph Aime Nadeau
It is with such great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear father, Aime. Dad passed away peacefully on March 15, 2012 in Rimbey, Alberta at the age of 89. He was the middle child of 15 born to David and Methaide Nadeau, September 3, 1922 in Edmundston, New Brunswick.
Our dear Dad is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Hazel Florence Nadeau (nee Campbell), Sons; Murray (Jody) of Lethbridge AB, Allan of Rimbey AB, Blair (Glenys) of Ladner BC and his daughter Lynda Kenney (David) of Rimbey AB, Five Grandchildren; Scott of British Columbia, Cameron (Kathleen) of London England, Melanie Dick (Jeff) of Airdrie AB, Laura (Joe) of Ladner BC, and Keith Kenney of Rimbey AB, Two Great Grandchildren; Matthew and Jeremy Dick.
Dad is also survived by three brothers: Father Laurent Nadeau of New Brunswick, Mr. Alonzo Nadeau and Mr. Medard Nadeau, of Quebec.
Dad (known as “Joe” to his Air Force buddies), joined the Royal Canadian Air force in 1941 serving as an aircraft mechanic stationed at Boundary Bay Airport, BC for the entire Second World War. He learned to speak English only after moving to the west coast. There he met the love of his life, a beautiful nurse named Hazel whom Dad affectionately nick-named “Duck”. They were married August 4th, 1944. In 1946, Shortly after leaving the Air Force, Dad hired on with B.C. Electric (now B.C. Hydro) for a 36 year career as a heavy duty mechanic until his retirement in 1981. Dad also owned and ran his TV repair business with his partner Gordon Oliver throughout the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. Regardless of how busy Dad was holding down 2 jobs, he was never too busy for his children. He wasn’t just our father, he was our closest ally, confidant and friend.
1981 began a new chapter for Dad and Mom based on their shared dream. When most people were thinking retirement, Dad at 59 began his second career as a beef farmer in Rimbey Alberta; a successful career that spanned another 22 years.
A giant of a man in a 5’8″ frame. All who knew Dad were blessed with a true spirit of happiness in life and everyone who knew him became part of his extended family over the years. He will be missed by so many.
Funeral services celebrating Dad’s life took place at the Rimbey United Church at 10:00am, Thursday March 22nd, 2012. A private family graveside service followed in the West Haven Cemetery.
A very special thank you to Dr. Mike Boorman along with the fine medical, paramedic and nursing staff at the Rimbey Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the STARS Foundation, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM
serving Central Alberta with locations in Rimbey and Lacombe in charge of the arrangements. Phone: (403) 843-3388 or (403) 782-3366
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