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Mark L. Paris

Newton, Mass. — Mark L. Paris age 58 of Newton, died April 15, 2014 after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer.

He leaves Cathy (Burns), his wife of 32 years whom he met at UNH in 1974 and their children, Leigh C. Paris of Newton and Evan A. Paris of Brighton. He leaves his brothers and their spouses, Tom and Lynn Paris of Kilmarnock, Va., and Glenn and Claudio Raygoza of San Diego, Calif., His brother, Dean Paris died in 1992. Son of Thomas A. Paris and Cameron Dean (both deceased), he leaves Robert C. Dean, Sc.D. and Nancy (Hayes) of Norwich, Vt., Nancy (Dean) and George MacNeil of Franconia, N.H. and Andrew Dean, A.I.A. and Ruth (Grossman, LICSW) of Boston and a whole passel of cousins. As much a part of the Burns family, he leaves those legions behind as well as many longtime friends. Upon Mark’s graduation from UNH in 1979 he joined Andrew Dean at Endevor Development Corp in Boston. He then worked for Bay Colony Properties of Boston – his major development was Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham - and traveled frequently to Texas for work. He worked at Bay Bank (Burlington) for the Real Estate Workout Group. National Development (Newton) was his work “home” for the past 20 years. Among his many development projects (all MA) were MathWorks (Natick) expansion/renovation, the former Grossman’s site in Wellesley, 9/90 Corporate Center (Framingham) which included special recognition by the town of Framingham for the preservation of Annie Dennett House, Littleton Corporate Center (IBM regional headquarters), Perkins Farm Marketplace and Plantation Ridge (Worcester), Wonderland Marketplace (Revere) and Plainville Commons Marketplace and Corporate Headquarters National Development, (Newton Lower Falls). He was dedicated to his work, his Caribbean vacations and trips with family and friends to Europe. A former member of Framingham Country Club he spent free time playing golf. His house expanded four times and he would enthusiastically explain its iterations (including its Rumford fireplace). He surrounded himself with collections of historical artifacts and family artwork. He kept the birds well fed, hated the squirrels and finally got to see a moose. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Parish of Auburndale where he was a longtime member and former chair of the property committee. Online donations can be made in Mark’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer fund for Dr. Ryan at giving.massgeneral.org.  Checks must be made payable to Massachusetts General Hospital and can be mailed to Pancreatic Cancer fund for Dr. Ryan In Memory of ­ Mark L. Paris, c/o MGH Development Office, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114.

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