OBITUARY

Steven "Martini Man" Joseph Paradis

March 5, 1957March 29, 2021

Steven “Martini Man” Joseph Paradis passed away in Norwood, MA on March 29, 2021 at the age of 64. He was born in West Palm Beach, FL and moved to Boston, MA in 1984 to attend Boston Architectural College, after which he did graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Steve was well known and well liked in Norwood. He became a staple in the community where he was known for having a martini in his front yard with his favorite music playing and of course, his feline friends whom he would often take for walks. He will be dearly missed.

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JANICE "Rufer" THOMAS

April 12, 2021

Steven leaves behind a very loving Thomas/Paradis family--3 brothers and their wives, 1 sister, 6 nieces and 7 nephews, 7 great nieces and 11 great nephews. Thank you to all who expressed such fond and special memories of Martini Man. Steven was eccentric, kind, talented and loving and ended all his phone calls and texts with...love to all...

Jen E.

April 4, 2021

A friend who lives in Norwood, called to tell me about Stephen's passing and I was moved to watch the short video that was made a few years ago of him with his cats. For a life that seemed too short, he certainly made a lasting impact on those around him. Wishing his family and friends peace and lots of happy memories of time spent with him. And comforting ear scratches to his cats.

Cindy Rudolph

April 4, 2021

We will miss this kind man. He became familiar to many of us with his friendly wave and martini in hand. With those simple and generous gestures, he warmed and enhanced our neighborhood. Thank you, Mr. Martini.

Marion Gaw

April 3, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the family of Steve. So sorry to hear of his passing. Saw him and chatted with him not long ago. He always made me laugh. Can’t believe he’s gone. 😘 Will miss his smile and wave. A really nice and respectful man. He will be missed. RIP our friend. 🙏🌹🙏🌹 This ones for you Steve. 🍸 😎

Lexa Sullivan

April 3, 2021

We have known Steven for 15 years when we moved to Cottage Street. A sure sign of the arrival of spring and warmer weather was Steven in his chair, martini in hand, cats meandering, and of course his wave and greeting as you passed, either in the car or by foot. He always asked about my family and he shared a birthday with my daughter, a fact he loved. He will be missed. Cottage Street just doesn't feel right without him. RIP Steven and thank you.

Nora Cavanagh

April 1, 2021

I was so saddened to hear of Steven passing. We had do manny great chats on my walks around Norwood. May he Rest In Peace.
Rest easy my friend from you Irish friend.
You will never be forgotten.
Nora Cavanagh

MaryEllen Heike

April 1, 2021

Steve "Martini Man" was a legend in town. He always had a kind word or a wave to everyone who passed by him. He will be missed by so many.

Kelley Durgin

April 1, 2021

Martini Man was one of the few things I loved about Norwood when I first moved to the town. It was hard to adapt to a new community, but seeing him every day, in the same spot, being a friendly face really brightened a lot of days. This is a tough loss. I hope all that knew & loved him are comforted knowing he was a local favorite.

Emily Buffum

March 31, 2021

I lived a block away in Vernon St. When I first met Steve and his then 2 cats I had a cat at the time as well and we would discuss “cat-titude’ some days I would pit myself a drink and walk over with it and we’d share a toast. My whole family know about him and use to ask me if he was outside yet each spring. He was a nice person and sparked the neighborhood in a nice way. He will be missed by many.

Just a reminder that you never know how a little kindness will affect someone - so be kind.

Cynthia Manning

March 31, 2021

My kids spent many years at Saint Catherine of Siena School, where we used to drive past Steve’s house on our way home. It was always a treat to beep the horn and say hello as we drove by. We knew him as “Martini Guy”. He was always dressed impeccably well and there was usually a cat nearby. We loved his eccentric vibe! You will be missed! Rest in peace.

The Manning Family
Norwood, MA

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FROM THE FAMILY