Laureat G. Paradis died on March 25, 2022, in Portland, Maine
(The following was provided by the Sun Journal on March 29, 2022)
TOPSHAM – Laureat “Larry” George Paradis, 75, died peacefully Friday, March 25, 2022, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. He was born January 19, 1947, in Lewiston, a son of Laureat M. and Juliette Paradis. He attended Lewiston schools and married Joanne LaCasse in Brunswick on September 14, 1969.
Mr. Paradis was an extremely hard worker from an early age. He started his career cooking for the Stowe House and then became the head chef at Bowdoin College, retiring after 25 years. In 1996 Larry started his own lawn care business, Mow Time, and went full time with the business after he retired from Bowdoin in 1999; he had to retire from Mow Time in August 2015 when he was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension.
He was a member of the Rusty Nuts car club. His pride and joy was his 2005 Yellow Chevy SSR that he took to car shows and drove in parades and earned several trophies. From a young age he loved to pick up bottles, cans, and scrap metal for extra money. In the last few years of his life he went back to scrapping metal and that kept him busy right until the end, he called himself the scrapping cowboy. He lived for his family; his grandchildren were the light of his life and he was so proud of them and his daughters.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne of Topsham; three daughters, Gina McKeough (Shaun) of Bowdoin, Laurie Quisenberry (Kermit) of Deland, Fla., Dorothy Sheehan (Christopher) of Stafford, Va.; a brother Rodney Paradis (Colleen) of Auburn, four sisters, Yvonne Paradis of Lisbon, Patricia Turmenne of Poland, Pauline Thibodeau of New Britain, Conn., Dianne Lownes of Elk Grove, Calif.; six grandchildren Ariel, Kelsey, Jamie, Nicholas, Connor, Chloe; one great-grandson, Bentley; and many nieces and nephews.