Nadine Fay (Rice) Bishop
Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:25pm Heraldgroton
Nadine Fay (Rice) Bishop, 89, formerly of Carlisle and Groton, Massachusetts died on August 24, 2021 at High Pointe House of Haverhill, Massachusetts. For 64 years, she was the loving wife of George Hugh Bishop Jr., married in July 1955. Nadine lived a rich life defined not just by her professional accomplishments, but even more so by her boundless love of friends and especially her family. She joyfully planned and attended gatherings with those she loved, truly appreciated and celebrated holidays, and had a genuine ability to recognize when and how to care for others.
Born in Elmira, NY on May 5, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Thelma Rice. Nadine graduated from high school in Elmira, New York, and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in El- ementary Education from SUNY College in Cortland, New York in 1954. During high school, Nadine worked at Kresge’s Department Store and during her college years she worked summers as a waitress at Lake George, which she thoroughly enjoyed. While in college, she met her husband George at a square dance.
Wherever Nadine and George lived, they were involved members within their community. Throughout her life, Nadine was an enthusiastic member of her church choir. Through friends at church, Nadine and George learned about Carlisle, Massachusetts where they purchased their home of 44 years in 1968. At the time of her retirement, Nadine was a beloved 4th grade teacher at the Carlisle Public Schools where she taught for nearly 25 years. In 2012, George and Nadine relocated to Groton, Massachusetts, where they were active in the Groton Senior Center, helping to start its Garden Club, and in their local church.
Nadine is predeceased by her husband George, and by her brother Tom Rice and sister Dawn Cornwell. Nadine is survived by her daughter Janis Tripodakis; son and daughter-in-law Tom and Mary Bishop; and daughter and son-in law Alisa and Daniel Barton. Nadine was cherished by her three children, ten grandchildren: Elli, Emilia, Dimitri, Natalia, Phillip, George, and Peter Tripodakis, Katelin and Ryan Bishop, and Christopher Barton, and ten great-grandchildren. She was the eldest of six siblings and is survived by her brother Paul Rice and his wife Karin Dahl, her sister Linda Graves, and her brother Larry Rice and his wife Marjorie. Nadine’s extended family also includes her very dear friend Astrid V. (Gallagher) Abbott of Concord, Massachusetts.
Nadine was universally known for her kindness, wit and her infectious and vibrant spirit. She was often referred to as the “life of the party” no matter the setting. In a memoir completed for their family, Nadine and George identified the theme of their life: “Love Always: Boundless, enduring love for each other and our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We have sustained some difficult times and savored many joyful times together and with love. So, if there is a message to be learned from our story, it is care for one another and embrace life with love.”
A joint celebration of the lives of Nadine and George will take place on September 18, 2021 at the Concord Scout House in Concord, Massachusetts from 2 pm to 5pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Cradles to Crayons, Attn: Gift Processing, 281 Newtonville Ave., Newton MA 02460 (www.cradlestocrayons.org), or the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 (ww.alz.org.)
Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a remembrance or to offer a condolence in Nadine’s online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com