Nadalin, Joseph John (John)

  • Township: North Oxford
  • Branch: Royal Canadian Navy
  • Date of birth: February 22, 1918
  • Where born: Beachville, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of death: May 27, 1975
  • Burial location: Beachville Cemetery, Beachville, Ontario, Canada
  • Wars Served: World War II
  • Years of service: 1942 - 1945
  • Country enlisted with: Canada


Joseph John Nadalin, to be known as John, was the first born son of Anthony and Mary Beatrice (Mote) Nadalin on February 22, 1918.  John was named after his two grandfathers Joseph and John and his uncle Joseph.  He married Ada Olive Ellis on April 12, 1941, in Beamsville, Ontario. They had three children during their marriage.  Eleanor Jean Nadalin was their first born on July 13, 1944, with Robert John Nadalin arriving on February 18, 1947 and their third born was Douglas William Nadalin born on February 22, 1951. All siblings were born in Ingersoll, Ontario.

John enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served as a Petty Officer in Europe during World War II. He spent his enlistment aboard what is known as corvette cruisers. He was aboard the HMCS Fennel and HMCS Caraquet which were ships under the Western Local Escort Force trolling between the Maritimes and Europe. John was discharged in 1945 and returned to Beachville.

He was employed at the Neilson’s Creamery Plant and later at one of the quarries in Beachville.
John was elected to serve as Reeve of Beachville in the 1973-1974 term. He was also re-elected in 1975. He was returning home from a council meeting in Woodstock and had a massive heart attack which he was forced to pull into a farm lane on Governor’s Road where he died on May 27 1975 at the age of 57. John is buried is Beachville Cemetery in Beachville, Ontario.