Shrewsbury – Elliott L. Nadeau Sr., 78, of Shrewsbury, passed away Oct. 17, 2018 at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years, Dolores M. (Raymond) Nadeau of Shrewsbury.
Elliott was born Feb. 25, 1940 in Worcester. He was the son of the late Elliott L. Nadeau and Alice (Fahlbeck) Jacobson. Elliott attended Worcester Public Schools and graduated from North High School where he was an all-star athlete. Elliott was the class president for his graduating class as a junior and senior. Elliott continued his education at Worcester Junior College where he received his Associates Degree in Business Management. He also attended Worcester Polytech Institute in the certified program for Industrial Management. Elliott served in the National Guard for nine years discharging as a Master Sargent.
As a member of the Lincoln Square Boys Club, he was a Golden Glove Boxer. He was the youngest person, at the age of 13, to receive a key to the City of Worcester for his work against juvenile delinquency and was the recipient of the Frank A. Ryan award for good citizenship.
At North High, Elliott played football and baseball. His athletic skills lead him to be an All – Star athlete for the City of Worcester. He was inducted into the Worcester Public School’s Hall of Fame as an individual in 2007 for his All -Star status in both football and baseball. His football team won 25 consecutive games and he was a co-captain. In baseball, he was the captain of his team having a batting average of .450. He was inducted a second time as part of his entire football team, in 2016.
As a young adult, he played AAA baseball for the San Francisco Giants and played major league fast pitch softball for the Worcester Hawks. The Worcester Telegram and Gazette nominated him with an Honorable Mention as an Athlete of the Century. Elliott loved being an athlete and spread this love to his children and grandchildren.
Elliott was instrumental in beginning pop warner football in the late 1970s when his son Butch and the family moved back to Massachusetts from Texas. In addition, to supporting his son Butch, he was very supportive of his son Rusty who was a member of the Shrewsbury Parks and Rec Special Needs Program. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Shrewsbury where he was Grand Knight and Fourth Degree Knight. Here, he began the Special Needs Fishing Derby, which still continues today. He enjoyed watching his daughter Kimberly dance. This support and love continued with his grandchildren. He loved to watch the three grandsons play a variety of sports and his granddaughter dance.
In his working career, he traveled through the Far East as an International Quality Control Engineer. During his career he worked for Sprague Electric, Allegro, and Digital Equipment Cooperation. He retired from Digital in 1990. As a retiree he drove a school bus for First Student in Northborough/Southborough. He was fondly known as “Bus Driver Elliott.”
Elliott enjoyed watching his beloved Patriots and Red Sox. He watched many of these games at the American Legion in Northborough in which he was a member. Elliott will be remembered by his love for his family and athletics. He will also be remembered by his smart wit and the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face with his quick one liners. Elliott lived his life to fullest and has passed down this gift to his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Dolores, he is survived by his children, Kimberly A. Nadeau of Worcester; Elliott “Butch” Nadeau Jr. and his wife Rebecca of Rutland; and Russell “Rusty” Nadeau of Shrewsbury. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Amanda Parker, Christopher “Chris” Parker, Zachary Nadeau and Jacob Nadeau. He is also survived by his brother, Wayne Nadeau and wife Linda of Millbury, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Russell Nadeau, and his sisters, Geraldine Renaud, Ruth St. Dennis, Beverly Calabrese and Cybill Keefe.
The Nadeau family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Daigneault, Dr. Christine Bielick, and the staff at Holden Rehab (Wachusett Unit), especially Mary and Mary, for his excellent care.
Family and friends will celebrate Elliott’s life Monday, Oct. 22, from 4-7 p.m., at the Chiampa Funeral Home 〜 The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, on the Common, Shrewsbury Center. The funeral for Elliott will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Parish, 20 Summer St., Shrewsbury. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery of Shrewsbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shrewsbury Parks and Rec Special Needs Program.