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James Arthur Nadeau

June 08 , 1949 - June 20 , 2023

James Arthur Nadeau

June 08 , 1949 - June 20 , 2023


Monday, June 26, 2023

2:00 ~ 8:00 PM

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home


Tuesday, June 27, 2023

10:00 AM

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Interment at Michigan Memorial Park



NADEAU, James A (Jimmy), age 74 of Trenton, MI, June 20, 2023. He was born on June 8, 1949 to 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, his ex-wife Deborah Nadeau, 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.

He will be taken by a custom built motorcycle hearse to Michigan Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. 


  • Jimmy was more than just a road captain for the Moose Riders. Jimmy was the person that you went to when you were looking for wisdom and patience and humility and advice. We were so lucky to have him as a part of our group, and on our board and our senior road, captain and leader, for most every traveled event we had. We love you, Jimmy, you will forever be missed. Thank you for your friendship and your loyalty and your wisdom. We love you Jimmy
  • Rest in peace old friend. Ralph Pasola
  • All of us here at Penrickton Center for Blind Children are saddened to learn of Jim’s passing and offer our deepest sympathies to his family. It is truly an honor for our program to be receiving memorial donations in Jim’s honor. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Penrickton Center for Blind Children
  • Jimmy, We all have a big void in our lives with your passing. I know your Dad & Gary were there to greet you in Heaven. Your great smile & infectious laugh will be in my heart & mind forever. Rest in peace.💔Cousin, Linda Linda Gazie
  • Memories are the treasure chest of the mind, and boy, there are many. Rest In Peace, Old Friend. Roy Pask
  • Jim was a classmate with my wife Barbara Graziano at Trenton High School and I did business with Jim at G & J Cartage. Jimmy was always great to do business with and made things easy to get done John Golembiewski
  • We have great memories of Jimmy, Walt and me going skiing at Boyne Highlands back in the 70's. We always had a super time and laughed so much during those trips. Our goal was to ski the black diamonds!! That was pretty frightening. Those days were some of the best on the slopes!! We did finally do the black diamonds, moguls and all. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted Psalm 34:18 Martha D Wagoner

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