Contractor and skilled carpenter Alden R. Prada of South Paris, Maine died on Tuesday, August 6. He was 59. The cause of death was cancer.
Mr. Prada was born in Oak Bluffs on August 17, 1953. He was the son of Raymond and Alita Moriarity Prada.
He graduated from Oxford Hills High School in 1972 and attended the Wentworth Institute. In 1974 he graduated from the building trades program at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute (known now as Central Maine Community College). He married Kristine Dugans in 1974.
He had been employed in the building construction trade, at Swan Supply, as a substitute bus driver, he taught driver’s education and most recently worked in the Town of Paris Highway Department. He enjoyed fine woodworking and volunteered his time at the tech school building program at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, where he was a member of the Craft Committee. He was a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Norway, Everett Benson Council #5515 Knights of Columbus and the Andy Valley 4th Degree Knights #2173.
He loved his family and his pets. He is survived by his wife of South Paris; his parents of Bethel; a son, Darin Reed and his wife Sandra of Huger, South Carolina; a daughter, Jessica Prada Dunn and her husband James of Hebron; four grandchildren, Christopher and Noel Reed and Kaitlyn and Aden Dunn. He was predeceased by a brother, Ronald T. Prada.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 11 am at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Norway. Family and friends may attend visitation on Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Alden Prada Scholarship for Building Trades, c/o Norway Savings Bank, 261 Main St., Norway, ME 04268 or to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice House, 236 Stetson Rd., Auburn, ME 04210.