Baltimore, Md. - Lawrence Ernest Paradis, 87, died Dec. 22, 2012, at his home in Kingsville, Md.
Born in Groton, on July 14, 1925, Larry was one of five children of the late Joseph and Alice Paradis. He graduated from Fitch High School in 1943 and later served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II
as a radar operator. Larry fought in the Battle of Peleliu (the bitterest battle of the war for the Marines) in the Philippines and later was attached to the 6th Marine Division and helped secure Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered at the end of the war.
After the war, Larry married Eleanor (Faluotico) Paradis and moved to Chicago to attend Lee De Forest Radio and Television School where he earned his FCC radio and television (TV) license. With very little TV near his home in Connecticut, he ventured out and pursued a career with a TV station in Baltimore, (WMAR). He loved being in the infancy of a new industry and participating in its growth and development for over 38 years.
While at WMAR, he performed many behind the scenes technical jobs including operating the television field cameras for events around Baltimore such as Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Cathedral, Orioles and Colts games at Memorial Stadium, Clippers and Bullets games at the Civic Center, and some of the closest horse races at the Pimlico Race Track. He helped outfit the early film crew buses and helped construct the early versions of the live news crew vans that are still in use today. The television technologies that have come along over the years provided Larry and his co-worker TV broadcasting pioneers exciting careers keeping the equipment operating, and he loved working for WMAR.
Outside of work, Larry enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts, playing volleyball and attending his children's sporting events. He loved playing cribbage and kept an online tournament going for years. Larry lovingly cared for his wife of 55 years and later in life, tended to her daily needs for over 10 years during her longterm terminal illness. After Eleanor's death, Larry spent much of his time at the computer, learning one software package after another, keeping up with the ever improving technologies that come along with the personal computer. He enjoyed designing and printing personalized greeting cards for all occasions and spent hours on each. In addition, he loved spending time with his family and was with his family at the time of his passing.
Larry is predeceased by his wife, Eleanor; his son, Daniel Paradis of Norwich, and his four siblings, Sister Victoria Marie, Frank Paradis, Robert Paradis, and Wallace Paradis.
He is survived by three sons, Michael Paradis and his wife, Marguerite, of Perry Hall, Md., Thomas Paradis and his wife, Pamela, of Fallston, Md., William Paradis and his wife, Julienne, of Fallston, Md.; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Paradis of Norwich; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road, Kingsville, Md. Internment with military honors will follow in the St. Joseph's Church Cemetery, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton, Md. Visiting hours will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, at Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Road, Kingsville, MD 21087.