Former Hudson selectman, school board member Ben Nadeau dies

Telegraph file photo Benjamin J. Nadeau, 41, of 71 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson.

HUDSON – Benjamin J. Nadeau, a longtime town selectman who later served on the School Board until personal problems, including domestic violence-related arrests, prompted his resignation last year, died early Tuesday at his home.

He was 42, and had been struggling with health problems in recent months.

The cause and manner of Nadeau’s death wasn’t immediately known. He had been living for the past year or so at his parents’ home, 18 Hartson Circle.

Nadeau’s father, Robert L. Nadeau, died unexpectedly in April 2017. Ben Nadeau’s mother, Demetria, survives him, as does a sister, Vanessa.

The Board of Selectmen held a moment of silence for Nadeau at the outset of its Tuesday night meeting.

Services are pending.

A native and lifelong resident of Hudson, Nadeau was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2005, then reelected twice for a total of nine years.

Before becoming a selectman, Nadeau served six years on the town Budget Committee.

In 2015, Nadeau ran for, and won, a seat on the School Board, and served two years of his three-year term before stepping down in March 2017.

He tendered his resignation amid a stretch of health problems, which was further complicated by family and legal issues tied to his arrests for allegedly assaulting a family member at his former residence, 71 Kimball Hill Road.

In his resignation letter, Nadeau said he was unable to meet the trust that voters had placed in him.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.