Lionel's Story

PRESQUE ISLE AND BANGOR - Lionel Paradis, 89 died peacefully September 20, 2015, at the Maine Veteran's Home in Bangor. He was born August 22, 1926, in Winterville, the son of Louis G. and Denise M. (Doustou) Paradis.

He enlisted on April 12, 1945 and served in the Korean War and World War II. His war time skilled occupations were in manufacture of electrical machinery and accessories, n.e.c. Lionel served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 11yrs, 7 months. Lionel worked for Birdseye Foods, Sunbeam Bakery, Martin's Well Drilling and McCain's Foods. Lionel was known to be a very hard working, honest man throughout his life.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Sherline M. (Saucier) Paradis, a Grandson, Kyle Starr, 4 brothers; Ovena, Romeo, Edgar and Herman, 6 Sisters; Albertine Parent, Jeanne Soucy, Anita Myshrall, Lillian Norris, Rose Vaillancourt and Celina Roraback.

He is survived by his 4 children; Lonnie A. Paradis and his wife, Donna of Monson, MA; Kim Miller of West Enfield and Ex-husband, Jim Miller of Greenbush; Dwayne Paradis and wife, Helene of Moncton, Canada; and Tammy Starr and husband Peter of Hermon; 8 Grandchildren, Erika DePree and husband Justin, Evan Paradis, Gerrin Paradis and wife, Dana, Trey Miller and wife, Lisa, Raeann Miller, Katrine Michaud, Marie-Eve Michaud, and Brett Starr; 5 great-grandchildren; Ethan, Gemma, Kamryn, Hunter and Josette; and one brother, Adrian Paradis of East Hartford, CT., plus many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Lionel was known to be a man of great faith and a devoted Catholic Christian. He had a great love for God, his wife and children and grandchildren. Lionel was a loving, kindhearted husband, father and friend to those who knew him. He was known to be a very honest, hard working man and would open his home and heart to those who needed a helping hand. He was proud of his time serving our country and had many stories to share with his family. During Lionel's time in the Army he was proud to have been chosen as driver for General John H. Church during the Korean war. Lionel was awarded UN Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea President Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, 4 Bronze Stars, and L. Clasp to GGM plus more.

A catholic mass service will be held at Holy Rosary church, aka Parish of the Precious Blood, 31 Thomas Avenue in Caribou on Friday 9/25/15 at 11:30 am. Attending priest is Reverend Kyle Doustou. Lionel's burial will follow at the V.A. Cemetery in Caribou at 1:00 pm. And reception for all at the VFW hall in Caribou, located near the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lionel would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to Parish of Precious Blood, P.O. Box 625, Caribou, 04736. Donations can also be sent in memory of Lionel Paradis to Maine Veteran's Home, 44 Hogan Rd., Bangor, ME 04401. Lionel's family would like to thank the Veteran's Home (Unit B) nurses, Diane, Merlita, Allison, Tanya & Kerri for their loving care during his time living there. Your devotion to love and care for the veterans is act of mercy that should be told to many. Thank you from the hearts of Lionel's family.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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