ORLANDO—Beverly Edward “Ed” Paradis died at the VITAS Suites at Orlando Lutheran Towers surrounded by his adult children and son-in-law Friday, May 14, 2021, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 80. Ed started working as an engineering aide at Stromberg-Carlson in 1966. He worked there for decades fabricating communication equipment, testing components and writing specifications. In 1979, he moved his family from Rochester, New York, to Altamonte Springs, when Stromberg-Carlson relocated to Lake Mary. Stromberg was later sold to Seimens.
During about a three-year layoff period from Stromberg, Ed drove buses all over the United States for Greyhound Lines, starting in 1991. He returned to Stromberg until he retired. He lived for years in Zellwood Station with his wife, Ginny, who died of cancer in August 2015. Ed was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Apopka since 1979, where he served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and also volunteered in several ministries. Born March 8, 1941, in his childhood home in Great Works, Maine, Ed graduated from Old Town High School, then served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962 as a special weapons assembler.
He married Ginny in 1964 in Geneva, New York, then soon moved to Chicago to earn an associate’s degree in electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology. Ed is predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Ginny, who he called his “blessed lady.” He is survived by his son, Steven (Teresa) Paradis; and two daughters, Susan Pridgen, and Sharon (William) Goforth. He has six grandsons: Nicholas and Jason Paradis, J.P. and Justin Pridgen and Brendan and Daniel Goforth. His parents were the late Frances and Armand Paradis of Bradley, Maine. He was predeceased by an older brother, Raymond Paradis, and older sister, Carol Ann Cust, both of Old Town, Maine. He is survived by a younger sister, Barbara, of Bangor, Maine. Ed is survived by brothers-in-law, John (Sara) Bennett and James (Susan) Bennett; and sister-in-law, Barbara (the late Jack) Georger, all from the Rochester, New York, area. He has many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Monday, June 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 834 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka. Deacon Jim Shelley officiating.
Loomis Family Funeral Home in Apopka is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vitas Healthcare of Central Florida, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, Florida, 32751, attention: Rob Bacon.
Saint Francis of Assisi
834 South Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, Florida 32703a