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jimmy Nadeau



Remembering Jimmy

This page was created in memory of our Jimmy Nadeau. Our friend, our Leader, our Road Captain.

Born in Trenton, MI

June 8th, 1949

His parents are Bette Lou and James William Nadeau. Beloved life partner of Jeanne Madvin. Loving father of Jimmy (Samantha) Nadeau and Tom (Jessica) Nadeau. Dearest grandfather of Addyson, James, Andrew, Charlie and Olivia. He is also survived by his mother Bette Nadeau, sister Micki (Kevin) Ahern, his nieces Aimee (Marc) Miller and Kerri (Chris) Bernard, his nephew Kevin Ahern and many friends and loved ones.

While in high school, Jimmy was 1st chair trombone player which earned him a scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Jimmy’s love for music took him to Woodstock in 1969; the experience sparked his lifelong love of music and the pursuit of a live band and good song. This love of music fueled him his entire life.

After graduation he joined the United States Air Force, ultimately being stationed in Charleston SC. While serving as an enlisted Airman, Jimmy went on to pursue his private pilot’s license and found a love for dirt bikes and two wheel machines. After completion of his military service he focused on his passion for Motorsports by getting involved with motocross racing and civil aviation.

Jimmy went on to join his father in the family business, G&J Cartage Co. in Taylor, MI, eventually becoming President of the trucking company until he reached his retirement years. During this time he became active in the Taylor Rotary and served as President for two terms. While a Rotarian he was instrumental in organizing fundraising events for various charities, and was especially fond of the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

Jimmy was able to take his love for motorcycles and his love for charity and combine them by joining various motorcycle organizations. As Road Captain of the Motorcity HOG Chapter and president of the Northville Eagle Riders, he was instrumental in organizing various charity rides and fundraising events. Jimmy was especially proud of the annual charity ride for wounded veterans. He was also an instrumental member of the Moose Riders and the Southeast Michigan Riders.

Jimmy was a humble man who never sought credit or recognition for the good he brought to the world or the people he helped. Jimmy lived a life of service and charity, helping countless people.

He was preceded in death by his father, James, in 2008.

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Jimmy leading at Mooseheart
The Michigan House at Mooseheart

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23 Jun 2023 9:21 PM Brian Gulliver (Administrator)

One of His Loves

Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Jimmy was especially fond of the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, which is a private, non-profit day care and five-day residential agency serving children who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities, ages 1-12. All financial support is raised from the community; no fees are ever charged to families.

To find out more about this organization and/or to consider making a donation in Jimmy's name, click the link below.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children

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