Christopher H. Paragon, 52, formerly of Carthage

CARTHAGE, NY  — Christopher (Chris) Hugh Paragon went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 9, 2019, at his home in Detroit, Michigan, where he was employed by Preservation Management of Detroit.

Chris worked as a manager and maintenance engineer at 75 West Palmer as well as an employee on one of their construction crews, working to rebuild Detroit.

Chris was born to Vincent & Mona (Rowsam) Paragon on Sept. 7, 1966, in Carthage, NY. He received his primary education at Augustinian Academy with the Sisters of St. Joseph, his secondary education from Carthage Central Jr. Sr. High School, from which he graduated in 1985 and then went on to study political sciences at Le Moyne College in Syracuse NY.

Chris worked many jobs over the years but his favorite by far was as a Mason Tender. This allowed him to travel to many states around the country. He was a proud member of the Laborers’ Local 322 Union and the Laborers’ Local 79 Union out of NYC.

One of his most proud accomplishments was building a large Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was very proud of his Italian Heritage and traditions.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially during the holidays, delicious dinners and desserts were among his favorite, accompanied by stories of long ago.

Chris was an avid Yankee fan from a very early age and could quote the stats of every player, past and present.

He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews grow into young adults and sharing in their accomplishments. He was looking forward to cheering loudly and proudly at his daughter’s graduation from high school in a few years.

Surviving along with his parents are his daughter Marley Bella, Miami Fl., a brother and his family, Vincent and Carrie Paragon Jr., Carol Stream, Ill., two sisters and their families, Mary Beth and Bob Renaud, Carthage, NY., and Ann Marie and Scott Jordan, Walla Walla, WA., as well as many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Christopher was predeceased by both his paternal, John and Helen Paragon and maternal, Ken and Lou Emma Rowsam, grandparents, an Uncle, John Paragon and two cousins Christopher M. Sligar and Jason Caschetta.

Chris was diagnosed with Juvenile (Type I) Diabetes in his early teens and struggled with complications over the years. It was his wish that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or The Augustinian Academy Advancement Program.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald A. Robinson, pastor, officiating. Spring burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

The Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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