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Bruce W. Paradis

August 21, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date August 29, 2018

Master Sergeant Bruce W. Paradis, 63, of Chicopee, Massachusetts suddenly passed away and was called home on August 21st, 2018. He enlisted with the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1981 and was assigned to the 439th Air Lift Wing Maintenance Squadron. He served during several military campaigns which include Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. He retired from his military service in 2010. He also supported military efforts through full-time civilian work from 1995 through 2017.

During his career at Westover Air Force Base, he was recognized for always going above and beyond his responsibilities and offering assistance wherever it was needed. His talents were many which were fully utilized and appreciated by his fellow servicemen. He was a highly skilled and knowledgeable man who absolutely loved sharing and teaching others, both at work and home. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who put his family first and made sure they had everything they wanted and needed. While raising his children, he worked multiple jobs to be sure ends were met and still made time to participate in their social activities through dance and sports. He was a selfless man prioritizing everyone’s needs before his own. He had very strong bonds with his siblings. His smile is etched within their minds and his laughter is in the air they breathe. They will always treasure his warm heart, humor gentle nature and giving soul.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Jo (Doherty) Paradis; 5 brothers, Richard of GA, Larry of FL, Luke of MA, Barry of GA, Gary of TX; 1 sister, Debra Martin of VA; two sons, Jeffrey Paradis of Highland, CA and Christopher Benson of Chicopee, MA and his wife Dina; 2 daughters, Lisa Kirby of Indian Orchard, MA and her husband Matthew and Crystal Beaudry of Chicopee, MA and her husband Jason. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, Jacob, Dustin, Jasmin, Aaron, Ayden, Cooper, Taj, Tre, Kylie, Matthew Jr., Jordan, Stephen and Austin. He deeply touched the lives of family, co-workers, friends and neighbor’s alike and will be greatly missed by all. The funeral will be held Wednesday, August 29th, at 9 am at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, 1390 Main St. in Agawam, MA 01001. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.