December 5, 1926 - September 28, 2018
Waverly, New York
September 28, 2018
December 5, 1926
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street. Waverly, NY
Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Richard Paris (Dick) was born to the late Mary Paris (née Palchak) and Stephen Paris in Braddock, PA and grew up in the Riverside section of Buffalo, NY with his three brothers, Bob, Bill, and Tom. As a child, Dick was a daredevil, a jokester, and always competitive, defining traits he carried into adulthood. One of Dick’s fondest childhood memories that he told throughout his life was of him and his brothers swimming across the Niagara River from Buffalo to Grand Island. As a native of Buffalo, NY, Dick was a Bills fan to his dying day.
Before enlisting in the army in January of 1945, Dick left school and worked as an aircraft assembler at one of the aircraft factories in Buffalo to help support his family. He was discharged in August of 1946 and worked many jobs throughout his life, including as a manager at Buffalo Pipe Foundry; the assistant superintendent at Ingersoll Rand Foundry in Athens, PA; the superintendent of Ingersoll Rand Foundry in Painted Post, NY; a construction supervisor; and a supervisor for the Florida Department of Transportation.
On May 17, 1952, Dick married the late Dorothy Louise Smith (Lou), whom he adored. They had two daughters, Terri and Michelle, and raised them in Waverly, NY. The family belonged to the local Shepherd Hills Country Club, where Dick could be found most weekends on the golf course or the dance floor led by Lou, the better dancer. Their love of dancing was passed on to their daughter, Terri.
Dick also loved to fish and play handball, and was active in the Waverly community as a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the International Toastmasters. Later in life, Dick was a local at Yanuzzi’s, devouring their spaghetti and salad with pressed garlic and playing cards with friends.
Dick and Lou’s daughters gave them five grandchildren, Mark Epperson, Holly Paris, Justin Epperson, Olivia Paris-Kornilowicz, and Andrzej Paris-Kornilowicz, and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Olive, and A.J. His grandchildren fondly remember his competitive spirit - they spent hours playing cards and board games with him. Dick was also a wonderful storyteller with a witty sense of humor and a loving and caring personality – the best traits to have in a grandfather. He also encouraged problem-solving and passed on his love of puzzles to his grandkids – he could always be found with a crossword puzzle or watching Jeopardy.
Besides his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Dick is also survived by several nieces and nephews who have fond memories of spending time with him on Lake Erie.
His family will miss his shining brown eyes, witty personality, and caring soul.
Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Dick’s life on Monday, October 15 at 2:00 PM at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY where full military honors will be accorded by the Valley Color Guard. Burial will be in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (alzfdn.org) in Dick’s name.