Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    James Paradies

  • AGE

    86

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Friday, December 22, 2017

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Tuesday, December 26, 2017

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    1:00 PM

  • SHIVA INFORMATION

    Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, December 26 and 27, 2017 at the home of James Paradies

    4865 Jett Rd. NW Atlanta, GA 30327

  • DONATIONS

    • ❖ Judy and Jimmy Paradies Fund for Childhood Enrichment at Ahavath Achim Synagogue

      600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

    • ❖ James N. Paradies Scholarship Fund at Washington & Lee University

  • OBITUARY

    James Norton Paradies passed away on December 22, 2017. Born April 20, 1931, in Atlanta, Georgia to I.J. and Sara Paradies, he grew up in Druid Hills, the youngest of five children. Jimmy attended Druid Hills High School where he played baseball and basketball with great zeal. Always a gifted student, he began attending Washington & Lee University at the young age of 16. He relished his W&L years and the lifetime friendships he made. He was active in all aspects of student life, including his role as sports editor of the W&L Ring-tum Phi, a member of the Honor Council and student body vice president his senior year. After graduation, Jimmy joined the Navy and then moved back to Atlanta to launch his career joining his father, I.J., and brother, Dan, in various retail businesses. Jimmy met the love of his life, the former Judy Friedman in 1960, and after declaring that he was “very fond” of her, they married and embarked upon a 44 year romance. Jimmy later joined brother Dan in the startup of Paradies Airport Shops, an airport retail business, which was founded in 1960 with a toy store at the former Atlanta Municipal airport. Today the business flourishes as Paradies-Lagardère, which operates throughout North America. While Jimmy was the finance mastermind behind the family business, his real pride was in working alongside two of his children, Gregg and Jill Paradies, and growing the Company’s strong family culture. Known as “Mr. Jimmy,” he was beloved by all who worked for him at Paradies. Above all else, Jimmy’s family was his life. He lived for his wife, Judy (deceased in 2004), children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Jimmy is survived by his children, Cindy Paradies and Larry Moscow, Gregg and Beth Paradies and Jill Paradies and his grandchildren, Dorrie, Brooke, Katie, Alex, Nikki, Molly, Kelsie and Jason, and his sisters Doris Haber and Janice Shoob. Sign the online guestbook at www.edressler.com. The funeral will be held at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm with the burial to follow at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Judy and Jimmy Paradies Fund for Childhood Enrichment at Ahavath Achim Synagogue or the James N. Paradies Scholarship Fund at Washington & Lee University. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Dennis Uliano

    I was very fortunate to work for Mr. Jimmy at Paradies And Company for a number of years. He was and will always be the ultimate gentlemen

    December 31, 2017 , 04:16 PM


  • Amy Beeghley

    I worked for Paradies for 25 years. Mr. Jimmy was the heart and soul. There was not a finer man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Many fine memories of Mr. Jimmy thru the years. He was such a kind, caring man.

    December 28, 2017 , 09:30 PM


  • Elizabeth Jones

    I am so sad to learn of Mr. Jimmy's passing! I worked at The Paradies Shops for almost 15 years and Mr. Jimmy was such a pleasure to work for. I will cherish those years at the corporate office and working for the Paradies family.

    December 28, 2017 , 02:25 AM


  • Guy Stewart

    My wife Margaret and I were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Jimmy's passing. He had a kindness in him that was easy to see. Our condolences to the Paradies family! He was a good man and will be missed.

    December 27, 2017 , 07:29 PM


  • Sam Hart

    Gregg, My condolences to you and your family, as well as the company "family" that your Dad helped grow into the great success it is today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time.

    December 27, 2017 , 06:15 PM


  • Sharlene Capers

    My sincere condolences to the Paradies family. Mr. Jimmy will greatly be missed! He was such a sweet, loving and nice person who always remembered everyone's names at the workplace.

    December 27, 2017 , 04:44 PM


  • Donna Myrick

    My condolences to the family. Mr. Jimmy was a one of a kind person whom I will always remember. He was kind and caring to all of us at the office. He will be missed greatly and thought about often. Shalom.

    December 26, 2017 , 06:00 PM


  • James Paradies

    Dear Jimmy: You were a great friend and we will miss you. Marilyn and Larry Gross

    December 26, 2017 , 04:27 PM


  • Patrick Wallace

    May God bless and keep Mr. Jimmy in His care. A finer man there is not, the true heart and soul of The Paradies Shops will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by the thousands he touched. Shalom, the Wallace Family

    December 26, 2017 , 04:13 PM


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  • Natalie

    I am so sorry for your loss. Job 14:15 can be a comfort in this time of pain. It is an assurance that God will soon call out and wake up your precious one. You will be able to hold him again and the pain of death will be no more. This is a promise from God! (Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 25:8) Jw.org

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Judy and Ronnie Goldstein

    So sorry to learn of Jimmy,s passing...He was such a terrific person in so many ways and will be greatly missed but never forgotten! unfortunately we will not be able to attend the funeral since we are out of the country.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Judy and Ronnie Goldstein

    So sorry to learn of Jimmy,s passing...He was such a terrific person in so many ways and will be greatly missed but never forgotten! unfortunately we will not be able to attend the funeral since we are out of the country.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • June Bishop

    I knew Jimmy as \"little Jimmy \" , younger brother of my friends Janice and Dot . Then as we all grew up knew him as fine citizen ,astute and ethical business man and good friend . He will be missed by many .

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Gerry Kestenberg

    Ellen and I would like to offer our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. In the short time that I got to know Mr. Jimmy, I was impressed with his personality and incredible memory for names. He would always remember my name and the fact that I came to Atlanta from Canada. His visits to the office were always something special. He will be missed.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Gary and Shari Marx

    We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s passing. I always enjoyed talking business with him. Our thoughts are with the entire Paradies family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Carolyn Oppenheimer and Rick Lenner

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Martha Jo Katz

    Thinking of you all with warmest and sincerest sympathy. May all the good memories be of comfort and in your hearts forever. love, as ever, Martha Jo and Jerry

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • terry fine

    To my friend, Although we have not seen each other in many years, you and your Family brings great memories. From early years at the Standard Club to Cops and Robbers to the Paradise Airport operation. Mat your Dad rest in peace and my thoughts are with you. Terry Fine

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Cecile Waronker

    So sorry to learn of Jimmy\'s death. Please accept my deepest sympathy to the family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Barbara & Dick Planer

    We are so sorry that you have lost Jimmy. He was a wonderful person to know. He used to tell me stories of visiting my family (Helen Paradies Goldberg) in Gastonia, NC when I was a teenager. Dick Planer

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


  • Barbara & Dick Planer

    We are so sorry that you have lost Jimmy. He was a wonderful person to know. He used to tell me stories of visiting my family (Helen Paradies Goldberg) in Gastonia, NC when I was a teenager. Dick Planer

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM


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