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PARADIS, Theodore

November 22, 1926 - April 6, 2020

Ted died in the early morning of April 6th, at 93, having lived a full and wonderful life. He was a trouper and a singer, right to the end.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lucienne Godbout and Armand Paradis, his older brother, Francis, and his wife Joan Marie McMahon. He is survived by his wife Fran Jackson (nee Doherty), his children Pat (Brian), Penny (Hal),Theo (Fiona), Mary (Andrej) and Elizabeth, 12 grandchildren, Jon (Charlotte), Chad (Anna), Darren (Tasha), Brock (Erica), Adam (Holly), Jessica (Greg), Daniel, Sylvain, Nashira, Georgia, Duncan, and Davina, 12 great grandchildren, and his siblings Gib (Myrtle), Anne, Cecile, Bud (Diane), and Norman.

Ted became a pharmacist in 1951 and worked briefly in Edmonton before moving to St. Paul, Alberta, where he worked in and eventually owned Rexall Drugs, then IDA, for some 27 years. He met and married Joan and they raised their family there.Ted was very actively involved in the community, helping to build the golf course, belonging to the Knights of Columbus, the Jaycees and eventually chairing the local and the Regional School Boards for many years. It was during that time that he oversaw the building of the St. Paul Regional High School. As a result of his significant service, he was given the inaugural Citizen of the Year award in 1971. He eventually became the pharmacist at St.Theresa Hospital, and reluctantly retired at 75.

Ted was a man of many talents. He loved music and sang with the Musicos in St. Paul and eventually the Josephburg Men’s Chorus, acted, and sang in musicals - he was well-known for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and especially for his singing “If I were a Rich Man”. A painter, a sculptor, a builder, a boater, an avid crib player, a skier, a dancer, and a lover of life.

He loved the mountains,and cherished the time he spent at Paradis’ Paradise on St.Vincent Lake with his friends and family. In the last 5 years of his life, he felt blessed to meet and marry Fran.

Ted will be remembered for his tremendous gift of hospitality, his boundless generosity, his love of laughter, and his whistling while he worked.

Au revoir,Ted.Vous avez pleinement vécu la vie.