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Thomas Nadeau

Thomas R. Nadeau

Thursday, April 6th, 1933 - Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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Dr. Thomas R. Nadeau, age 86, died at his home in Meredith, NH on October 29, 2019. Thomas was born April 6, 1933 in Massena, NY to Hermidas and Martha Nadeau.

Thomas graduated from Albany Pharmacy School in 1954 and Albany Medical School in 1958, where he met his wife of 62 years, Charlotte Mongo. Upon becoming a doctor, Thomas enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and as a Captain, was stationed in California. In 1961, Thomas and Charlotte moved to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where he started private practice at the Laconia Clinic. Two years later, he completed construction of the Inter-Lakes Medical Center in Meredith, NH and began his family practice. Working alongside his wife, Inter-Lakes provided care for the region’s residents for over 35 years. In the latter part of Thomas’ career, he worked extended shifts in the Lakes Regional Hospital Emergency Room and served as Director of the Nathan Brody Chemical Dependency Program where he initiated ground-breaking therapeutic approaches to treat addiction and withdrawal. He was honored in retirement in 2014 by the Meredith Visiting Nursing Association for his contributions to the Lakes Region medical community.

Thomas, known as “Doc” by many in Town, spoke fondly of his childhood growing up and working in his father’s poolroom in Massena. It was his pool, cards and wrist-twisting skills learned there, that financed his dreams to attend college. His science-focused curriculum in Albany left little room for other subjects. He did however, have a single elective in English literature which ignited his passion for reading poetry, short stories and journalism while also inspiring him to pen prose of his own. This passion remained throughout his life as he relished purchasing used books from, and donating to, the Meredith Public Library. His children’s and grandchildren’s most cherished memories are of the stories he told and those he wrote.

In his younger years Doc was a regular fixture on the pitching mound on summer nights at the park where he enjoyed the comradery of playing with friends and patients. His love for sports extended beyond the softball diamond to the boxing ring where he enjoyed serving as a ring-side doctor for amateur New Hampshire fighters.

In a bygone era of late-night house calls and consultations at the grocery store or gas station, Doc was welcomed into homes and available to all. He had the privilege to usher Townspeople into the world and care for them as they grew old. The hallmark of his career was his commitment to treating friends and neighbors with the dignity everyone deserves.
Known for his quick wit, broad smile and formal attire regardless of the weather, Doc was appreciated by many and will be missed by more.

Dr. Thomas R. Nadeau was predeceased by his brothers Bob and Billy Nadeau. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, brother Reginald Nadeau of Massena, and his five daughters Paula Booth, Regina Nadeau, Maria Cohen, Carla Nadeau, and Johna Nadeau as well as their partners Ethan Booth, David Frost, Paul Clark, and Ed Scribner. He leaves behind six grandchildren including Nicholas, Lauren and Grace Booth, Charlotte and Roy Nadeau-Clark, Kathryn Cohen and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling services as the family will be having a private memorial.
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Holly Samaha Cedarstrom

Posted at 09:48am
So many memories of Dr. Nadeau. I've missed seeing him at the post office or library these past years where we would have significant talks from career to parenting to grief in the span of five or ten minutes. Heartfelt condolences to all his family. Holly Samaha Cedarstrom
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Gordon D. King

Posted at 05:38pm
Dr. Nadeau was the King Family doctor for many years. He was one of the best doctor I ever had. My condolences to his family.
Gordon D. King, Laconia
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Therese Ramsey

Posted at 06:40pm
So sorry to read of Dr Tom's passing. I knew him as a patient at his dental office. He would always leave me his keys at the front desk. He would be brusk at times but I knew he was a softie on the inside. We bonded in discussion of a family member's addiction troubles and mental illness. Each time he came in he never failed to ask me how my brother was doing. Although I left the dental office several years ago, I still miss many of my patients including Dr. Tom. Rest in peace.
Therese Ramsey
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Greg Samaha

Posted at 03:00pm
Many, many fond memories of Tom. My most sincere condolences. Greg Samaha
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Nancy and Larry LaShomb

Posted at 01:49pm
We send our deepest condolences to Aunt Charlotte and family. You are so right about how his smile lit up a room. He had a sweet sense of humor when teasing his girls. He was so proud and so gushed with love for you all. He was extremely smart but could explain things easily so you could understand a topic. He was physically fit and proud of it. I remember how he delighted in balancing each baby girl standing in the palm of one hand. But what I remember most is a kind and caring man. His legacy lives in all of you.
With love Nancy and Larry LaShomb
 

Maria Cohen Posted at 02:29pm

Hi Nancy and Larry, We all thank you for your kind words. We all feel the same about Uncle Reggie. Thank you for reminding us of the “palm stands” 😊 He had lots of tricks ... that was.... just one😊 Please know that we are thinking of Uncle Reggie... we all know how tough it is to watch someone you love grow old and frail. Our thought are with you, Larry, Steve, and his wife.
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