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April 12, 2014

Lindbergh Leonard Nadeau

Lindbergh Leonard 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, Conn.; daughters, Dawn Nadeau of Seattle, Wash., Athena Nadeau of Salt Lake City, Utah, Deborah Jones-Norberto of Mohegan Lake; son, Michael Nadeau of Kasilof, Alaska; three granddaughters; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Leonard was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Hartford, Conn., to Patrick Nadeau and Esther Levasseur.

He was predeceased by his sister, Joanne (2006) and sister, Patricia (1981).

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy (Jan. 6, 1945 to Aug. 7, 1946), 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 New York City, where he managed to scrape together enough money to buy a cold water flat on Second Avenue 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. 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 Walmart, 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.

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