Rev. Real Nadeau


1936 – 2014

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. — The Rev. Real Nadeau, 77, of Kittery and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., died Aug. 30 following a struggle with cancer.

The Rev. Nadeau was born in Biddeford on Oct. 15, 1936, the only child of the late Joseph Albert and the late Irene (Grenier) Nadeau. His high school and college years were spent at St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul’s Seminary and University, Ottawa. After completing his clerical studies, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel J. Feeney, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on May 26, 1962.

During his years of full-time ministry, the Rev. Nadeau served as parochial vicar in the parishes of Saint Ignatius, Sanford, Holy Family, Lewiston, Saint Joseph, Old Town and Holy Cross in Lewiston. He served as Newman Chaplain at Husson College in Bangor, the University of Maine in Bangor and the Eastern Maine Vocational School, also in Bangor. He was administrator or pastor of Saint Ann, Indian Island, Saint Philips, Auburn, Holy Cross, Lewiston, Saint Andre, Biddeford, Saint Michael, South Berwick, Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston, Saint Patrick, Lewiston, and St. Raphael, Kittery.

On Oct. 1, 2006, The Rev. Nadeau retired from full-time ministry, yet he continued to provide assistance both in Maine and at Saint Anthony and Assumption Parishes after moving to Florida.

In addition to his parish ministry, the Rev. Nadeau also served as the Vicar Forane for the Southern Penobscot/Piscataquis Deanery and then the Androscoggin Deanery. He served on the Priest Senate, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, the Diocesan School Board, the Saint Dominic School Board and the Saint Peter’s Cemetery Board.


The Rev. Nadeau had a passion for preaching God’s Word and reaching out to the marginalized and disenfranchised.