Michael J. Paradis, 43
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PORTLAND -- Michael J. Paradis, 43, of Scarborough, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, after battling cancer.
He was born in Lewiston on Jan. 19, 1970, the son of Bertrand A. and Joyce A. (O'Donnell) Paradis. Mike attended schools in Lewiston, graduating from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1993. He made his career working in sales, most recently for Hanson Directory Services, Inc. of Newton, Iowa and previously for Anderson Merchandising out of Texas. He met the love of his life, Heather (Maxner), when they were both freshmen at the University of Rhode Island. As life would have it, they parted ways while in college, but were profoundly reunited 16 years later. Heather and Mike were married in a beautiful ceremony at Echo Lake in Fayette on June 13, 2009.
A devoted husband and father, Mike was a generous, hardworking man who truly loved spending time with family and close friends.
A hockey fan from the get-go thanks to his dad's love for the same sport, he played for Lewiston High School while a student and just for fun in later years.
Mike loved fishing, sporting events and most of all, he loved to entertain others.
A kid at heart, all children loved 'Uncle Mike,' including his nieces and nephews who found his antics to be absolutely enthralling. Mike made life fun for everyone around him, and he believed wholeheartedly in living life to its fullest and enjoying every moment. Mike created a wealth of fond memories that everyone who knew and loved him will never forget.
Predeceased by his father, Mike is survived by his loving wife, Heather; his son Braden; step-daughter Caroline; his mother Joyce Paradis and husband Scott Neely of Yarmouth; a sister Suzanne Murch and husband Stacy of Bolton, Mass., his brother William (Bill) and wife Sarah (Clark) of Portland; a sister-in-law Megan (Maxner) Schaiberger and husband Ryan of Swamscott, Mass.; five beloved nieces and nephews; and many other loving family members and close friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Auburn. Memorial services will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Committal to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Lewiston. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St., Auburn. You are invited to share your condolences with the Paradis family by visiting their guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the education of Mike and Heather's two young children. Please mail to:
Braden Paradis & Caroline Granata
Federal Credit Union
101 Gray Rd.
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Michael J. Paradis
The Fortin Group
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 8, 2013