PARSIPPANY, NJ - On November 1st, within the media center of Parsippany High School, a special ceremony was conducted to recognize three particular individuals associated with the school.
“We come here today to honor three people who did amazing things for Parsippany High School: Frederick “Bud” Weider, Steve McCarthy and Frederick Paradise,” said Principal Denis Mulroony. “What’s most important during high school is the people you connect with. It means a lot to recognize those who did so much for Parsippany High School. And these are three unbelievable individuals.”
Fred Paradise was a high school who was known for playing football, basketball and baseball from 1977-80, where he earned 11 varsity letters playing quarterback/defensive back, point guard and outfielder and accumulated numerous individual honors in addition to tremendous team success, with seven conference, county and state titles. He was also an outstanding student and very involved in extracurricular activities, including student council, varsity club, pep club and PTSA. For his success on the field and in the classroom, Paradise was named Morris County Male “Scholastic Athlete of the Year” in 1979.
Other sport accomplishments of Paradise include, in football, 406 passing yards in a game (school record), 1,127 passing yards in a season (school record); six to three record senior season, Daily Record Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All Morris County Quarterback (Daily Record, Daily Advance, The Citizen), Daily Record “Redskin of the Year Award;” in basketball, 166 assists in a season (school record at the time), 19.2 senior season average, 1st Team All-Morris County (Star Ledger, Community News, NY Daily News, Daily Record, Herald News, The Citizen), helped lead teams to a 42-6 record over junior/senior seasons and two Conference Championships, one County Championship and two-time State Sectional Championships and two-time Tri-County One-on-One Champion; and in baseball, batting over .300, helping to lead team to a 20-6 record during the senior season and Conference & State Sectional Championships as Group III Finalist.
“Being at Parsippany High School was one of the most special ties of my life,” said Paradise, who lives now in Montville. “This is the greatest honor. I am proud of my achievements as well as my teammates. But it wasn’t about the sports. It was about life.”
McCarthy himself also thought about his life in Parsippany High School, feeling proud and accomplished. “I’m honored with the people that I’m going in with,” said McCarthy. “[Frederick Paradise] was one of the best athletes we ever had and [Bud Weider] was one of the best persons around here.”
McCarthy taught English for thirty-six years and was known for working with at-risk students and motivating them to succeed and graduate. He also served as a boys and girls tennis coach for 70 seasons (40 boys, 30 girls), finishing his career with an incredible 639 wins. He further coached ice hockey for six seasons. Following his retirement, McCarthy works at Parsippany High School as substitute teacher.
“I’m still here,” said McCarthy. “And I’m here because I love to work!”
The Hall of Famers were accompanied by their friends and family, along with former students and fellow faculty. Unfortunately, Bud Wieder had passed away earlier this year. But his loved ones came in his honor to accept his award and speak of his memory.
“Bud” was the best husband and the best father I knew,” said Weider’s wife Betty, who accepted her spouse’s plaque, along with her son Ryan and family friend Joe Bernabe.
“This is very hard, but very deserving of my husband. Thank you all very much.”
Wieder was known for teaching architectural drawing, while connecting with his students on lessons about life. Even after graduating, several students maintained contact with him. Bud taught for 23 years and never took a sick day.
Wieder coached baseball at Parsippany High School from 1981 to 1987, creating a record of 101-35, and was also an assistant basketball coach. He further worked as the head baseball coach at West Morris Central High School, winning over 200 games and a Morris County Championship; not to mention making four appearances in the state finals.
All three hall of famer received plaques for their accomplishments. The three individuals and everyone else in attendance enjoyed refreshments in the media center. And later than evening, during a football game with Pequannock (with Parsippany winning 27 to 13), their names were announced to the crowds.