William “Bill” Paradis III, 76, of Groton, CT, passed away on April 19, 2023. He has been cremated, as was his wish.
Bill was born in Queens, New York, in 1946 to his parents Grace (DeNicola) Paradis and William Paradis. He grew up alongside his younger sister, Judith Paradis. Bill attended Colonia High School in Woodbridge, NJ, then went on to study education and psychology at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), where he received a Master's degree in 1972.
Bill had a deep love for his family and cherished them above all else. He was survived by a loving family that looked up to and enjoyed spending time with Bill. He had two children, a daughter named Dawn Noel (Paradis) Janos, and a son named William Paradis IV. He also had two grandchildren, Sean Michael and Grace Nicole Janos. Bill had a niece named Kristie (Paradis) Giannone and a nephew named Richard Paradis. He was also survived by three great-nieces: Alisa Paradis, and Paige and Mia Giannone.
Bill was a special education teacher at Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT, where he started the wrestling program and was an enthusiastic coach. After leaving Bacon Academy, he became a guidance counselor at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton, CT, where he coached golf, softball, and soccer. Bill was with Grasso Tech for over 30 years before he retired. Bill was proud of all the teams he coached and the students he mentored, and his peers respected and admired him greatly.
In addition to his love for his family, career, and coaching, Bill was an active golfer and a devoted Indianapolis Colts fan. Bill’s Colts fandom began as a child when he and his father bonded while rooting for the then-Baltimore Colts. Bill’s love for the game of golf was passed down to his son, William IV.
He will be remembered as a kind, caring, and respected member of the community who touched the lives of many with his compassion and wisdom. His legacy will live on through the memories of those he loved, and those who loved him.