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Lawrence E. Paradis, cameraman

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

3:26 PM EST, December 25, 2012

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Lawrence E. Paradis, a retired cameraman whose career with WMAR-TV spanned nearly four decades, died Saturday of lung cancer at his Kingsville home. He was 87.

Lawrence Ernest Paradis was born and raised in Groton, Conn., where he graduated in 1943 from Fitch High School.

After high school, Mr. Paradis enlisted in the Marine Corps and he served in the Pacific theater as a radio operator. He fought at Peleliu and the Philippines and, near the end of the war, was attached to the fabled 6th Marine Division, helping to secure Tokyo Bay.

Discharged with the rank of corporal in 1946, Mr. Paradis moved to Chicago, where he enrolled in the Lee De Forest Radio and Television School, earning his FCC radio and television licenses.

He joined WMAR-TV as a cameraman in 1950, and during his career, operated field cameras for Orioles and Colts games at the old Memorial Stadium, Clippers and Bullets games at the Civic Center, races at Pimlico Race Course and even midnight Masses from the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Mr. Paradis also assisted in the outfitting of former Baltimore Transit Co. buses, which were converted into remote studios, and later with early versions of today's live crew vans.

He retired in 1988.

Mr. Paradis enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts, playing volleyball and attending his children's sporting events. He also liked playing cribbage and working with his computer, designing and printing personalized greeting cards.

His wife of 55 years, the former Eleanor Emily Faluotico, died in 2001.

Mr. Paradis was a communicant of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road, Kingsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday.

Surviving are three sons, Michael Paradis of Perry Hall, Thomas Paradis and William Paradis, both of Fallston; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Daniel Paradis, died in 2007.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com