Anthony Michael Paradowski
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Anthony Michael Paradowski, 60, of Decatur, Ga., died unexpectedly on June 15, 2018 of natural causes. A Delta pilot for 31 years, he had just returned from Sacramento when he collapsed at home.

A memorial service is scheduled for June 23, with a noon visitation and 1 p.m. service in the chapel at A.S. Turner & Sons, 2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jun. 22, 2018.
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November 19, 2018
Had the pleasure of visiting the home of Christmas lights a few years back and it was amazing. Will never forget the experience. Thank you Tony and Rest Well.
Monica Harper
November 6, 2018
I was very sad when I found out a few days ago that Tony Paradowski, creator of Christmas in the Grove died in June of this year. Like many people this light display was a must-see for me every year. My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family, friends, neighbors, and other loved ones.
Judy Sophianopoulos
July 12, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you all. Peace be with you.
Rachael Takei
June 30, 2018
Tony...My friend/family and the father of my beautiful niece Emily Rose. We miss your face, your arms of protection and your positive attitude towards life. My daughters and I will always love you...
Mary Acuff
June 28, 2018
My condolence to the Family. May the memories of someone so special forever remains in your hart and may the comfort God gives be your guide through these difficult time.
June 27, 2018
Please know that many others share your pain and grief over the sudden loss of Tony. May God provide the needed comfort and support during the difficult days ahead as you adjust to life without him.
June 26, 2018
To Tony's family, I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I flew with Tony many times, and every time was a privilege. At Delta, he was the "favorite Captain" of so many First Officers, myself included. Please know that of the hours we spent together in the cockpit, the subject Tony most loved to talk about was his family. You all were clearly his pride and joy in life. I can't imagine your grief over the loss of Tony, but please know many, many others are grieving with you. All our prayers for your family, and God speed Tony.
Scott Spitzer
June 26, 2018
My warm condolences for the loss of Tony. We've been coming to Christmas in the Grove for years, before and after kids. This year we will replay the videos of past years for our girls when they ask to see Grove Christmas. I hope you, Katie, and your girls and grandkids can find some comfort in knowing how many lives Tony touched and warmed by his love of Christmas. XO
The Beganovic Family
June 26, 2018
"It will take your breath away
a lighted treasure trove
the Paradowskis' huge display
it's Christmas in the Grove

Katie says their 'lectric bill
must reach up to the sky
but Tony says the joy it brings
is more than money can buy!"

Every time I drive by your house, no matter the season, I'm humming that song... and I'll continue to do so through my entire journey on this planet! More joy than money can buy indeed!

Well done, Sir!!!!
Jaime Garcia
June 25, 2018
Tony and I were in grade school together. We played the flute together. He was such a kind and fun classmate. I never forgot him. My heart goes out to his friends and family.
Ruth (Sturtevant) Cunliffe
June 24, 2018
Flew with Tony for many years. He was a great pilot and so much fun to fly with, always smiling.
He will be missed by so many members of his Delta family

Judy Charles
judy Charles
June 23, 2018
My you are your family be blessed. May the Lord comfort you at this time. I did not know Tony, but I know that he spread so much joy. His heart had to be full of happiness to share this much "light" with others.
C Jones
June 23, 2018
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and prayers are with each of you. May God wrap his arms around each of you and bring comfort and peace.
Debbie Wilson
June 23, 2018
I'm so very sorry to hear about Tony's death. I loved the Christmas lights and was, in recent years, always excited to watch the unpacking and installation of the lights and of the different scenes. We loved the countdown clock. The traffic into and out of the neighborhood was frustrating at times but the fun of the event prevailed. RIP Tony. A fellow Leafmore resident.
Merrill Fraser
June 23, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss, and please know that Tony made so many of us happy with his display! We live in Oak Grove and the opening night was always on our calendars as a whole family event. Thank you for all you've given to the community.
Chris Gunter
June 23, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. May knowing God cares for you, he gives comfort, strength help through days ahead.
June 22, 2018
To Tony's family, I've lost a friend. We met at Expo and quickly we fell into the same group of good friends who stay in touch all year. My heart breaks for you all. I do however rejoice knowing we will meet again one day in Heaven.

June 22, 2018
I met Tony while I was attending my first Christmas Expo and we talked about our Christmas displays. I knew there was something special there and enjoyed our time together. He was a great guy.

I pray that God be with this family during this difficult time and if there is anything that I can do please let me know. I would also welcome the opportunity to carry on his memory in my own display by whatever means available.

God bless and many prayers.
James Van Horn
June 22, 2018
What a wonderful and caring man. I'll never forget my first time seeing his lights. He walked amongst his guests and treated us all like he knew us. I have many pictures sitting on his front steps to his home. He said, "make yourself at home"....I am going to miss this unique man. Blessings and peace to his family.
Barb O'Connor
June 22, 2018
You will be greatly missed. Thank you for welcoming us to the neighborhood & showing us how to be a great neighbor.

Lots of love,
The Sullivan Family
June 21, 2018
I flew with Tony many times over the years at Delta and always enjoyed it. Great guy that will be missed.
Ben Underwood
June 19, 2018
Tony was a great classmate and friend at the AF Academy. What a shock. For the family and close friends, I am so sorry for your loss.
Fred Van Wicklin
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