B. Fernand Nadeau (1924-2…) (am_2144)


Son of Épiphane P. Nadeau and Eugénie Soucy, B. Fernand Nadeau was born in Saint-Léonard. Épiphane was owner of a store and contractor for lumber camps. The couple had three sons: Fernand, Énoïl and Léonide; a daughter Donata; an adopted son Father Ernest Cyr, who was their nephew. Fernand went to the public school in Saint Léonard and then to St-Joseph College in Memramcook where he graduated in 1945 with a BSC degree and a B.A. in 1946. In 1945, he enrolled at the Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal, and in 1947 he went to Laval University in Quebec where he obtained an MSc degree in Commerce, in 1950. He began his career an Accountant in Edmundston, where he opened an Office in 1950. Later he became a Chartered Accountant. In 1952, Fernand married Ruth Delaney, daughter of Henry Delaney and Marthe Cyr, from Saint-Leonard. The couple had one daughter and a son: Louise Nadeau married Micheal Lawrance; Georges Nadeau married Micheline Corbin. Following his father’s example, Fernand went into politics and was elected provincial reprensentative of Edmundston and later was named Minister of Municipal Affairs. Fernand was one of the five ministers in Prime Minister Louis J. Robichaud’s cabinet. Fernand Nadeau was mayor of Edmundston from 1963 to 1969. Photo around 1960. PC1-116, collection CDEM, ShM.