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Elmore W. "Mac" Paris

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Elmore W. "Mac" Paris

Elmore Walter Paris of Wilmington, DE went home to be with the Lord on August 15th, 2016. He was born in Berlin, NH on May 2, 1924. He was adopted and raised by his maternal grandparents Robert Paul Paris and Deliah Perreault Paris. He lived in Lyndonville, VT until age six, when they moved to East Haven, VT where they owned a dairy farm. On the farm he was responsible for chores such as milking cows, chopping wood, haying fields, and shoveling lots of snow.

Elmore's first job was for his teacher Mrs. Hartwell at the one-room school house he attended, where he was tasked with arriving early to start the fire in the stove. With the $17 he earned that year he bought a bicycle so he could ride 34 miles once a week to the St. Johnsbury airport to watch the planes land and take off. Elmore dreamed of one day becoming a pilot.

He attended St. Johnsbury Trade School where he studied carpentry and drafting. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps with the intention of becoming a pilot to defend the country he loved in WWII. He was part of the 8th Air Force where he learned to operate heavy equipment and construct air strips. Elmore was a part of the D-Day Invasion on Omaha beach on D+3.

After the war Mac finally earned his pilot's license through the GI Bill and would continue flying until the age of 90. He moved to Delaware in 1950 and joined the Operating Engineers Local 542 and took up lodging with Joseph and Ella Kelly in Stanton. He joined the Civil Air Patrol where he help train other young pilots. Mac went on to work for Worthy Bros Construction in 1955, retiring in 1990. After he retired Mac went on to start E.W. Paris and Sons Construction with his sons.

Mac was a member of the Delaware Valley Christian Pilots Association and Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. He enjoyed meeting once a month with fellow pilots known as the Flyboys. He had a passion for photography, specifically photographing airplanes, construction sites, and most of all his family, who were the true joy of his life. Mac loved his job because it gave him a reason to spend time with the guys. He enjoyed the camaraderie and the benefit of being outdoors and not having to be in one place too long, going to different job sites all of the time. He made friends everywhere he went and loved people at the many places he's worked including Bandywine Construction, Corrado American, and Marcozi Sandco. He loved taking his family to air shows and air museums throughout the region.

Mac loved his family most of all, who were his greatest pride and joy. He was blessed with a beautiful and generous wife, his one true love, Betty Paris, whom he said marrying was the best decision he ever made. He was also blessed with six children, nineteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and one due in October.

He is preceded by his grandparents and by his oldest son Jeffrey Dryden Paris, his granddaughter Autumn Lee Paris, his sister Reta Mulholland and brother Dale Chamberlain.

He is survived by his wife Betty Lee Dryden Paris, his children Michael W. Paris (Melissa), Lisa Acker (Dave), Mark Paris (Ann), Susan Glendinning (Jim), and Kelly Haley (Bret), his grandchildren, Dawn, Jason, Becky, Matthew, Daniel, Andrew, Mark, Justin, Brandon, Brooke, Bethany, Nicole, Nathan, Joshua, Seth, Davey, Zachary, and Jami, his great-grandchildren, Gavin, Noah, Jackson, Carson, Gracie, Reagan, Tyler, Riley, and Noel.

Visitation will be held on Thursday August 18, from 9-11am with a service to follow at 11am at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, 7 Mt. Lebanon Rd. Wilmington, DE 19803. Burial will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Delaware Valley Christian Pilots Association, 188 East Avenue, Woodstown, NJ 08098 or Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. To send messages of condolence visit
Published in The News Journal from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2016
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