The body of an Indian Island man who fell into the Kenduskeag Stream on Sunday has been recovered.
John Nadeau, 41, was with Sumer Francis, also of Indian Island, at the Flour Mill rapids overlook, located at Valley Avenue and Bruce Road, in Bangor taking photographs about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Mark Latti, communications director for the Maine Department of Inland, Fisheries and Wildlife. While standing on the wooden platform overlooking the water, Nadeau stepped over the protective railings and shortly after lost his balance and fell into the stream.
His body was located about 8:45 a.m. Monday by a warden service diver on the bottom of the stream not far from where he fell in, Latti said.
Chad Tracy learned of his friend’s death on Monday when he returned from a fishing trip.
“He’s the kind of person you’d want your kid to grow up to be or to hang out with,” Tracy, 38, of Bangor said Sunday evening.
Nadeau, the youngest of three boys, grew up in Bangor Gardens but his mother died when he was 6, according to Tracy.
The men met in high school and Nadeau served in the U.S. Marine Corps, he said. They reconnected six or seven years ago working as carpenters. Nadeau had been working recently on a project on Indian Island on new offices and community center for the Penobscot Nation.
Tracy said that Nadeau had no children and had never married, and that he owned a home in Bangor Gardens.
“What I’m going to miss most about him is his compassion for people,” Tracy said. “I’ve literally seen him give his shirt off his back and the last $20 in his pocket to people.”
Nadeau’s father, the Rev. Roland Nadeau, now 83, was ordained a Catholic priest in 2000, after raising his sons. He retired in early 2016.
“John’s not the type of guy this kind of an accident would happen to,” Tracy said. “He’s the kind of guy who would stop this from happening.”
Nadeau’s body was taken to Brookings and Smith Funeral home in Bangor and the Maine medical examiner’s office was notified, Latti said.