A Celebration Of Life- Paul Figura
10:00 AM10:00

A Celebration Of Life- Paul Figura

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A Beautiful Life Lived Deserves To Be Beautifully Celebrated...

Join us on May 17th to honor the life of our dear friend Paul Richard Figura. We will be celebrating his life with a reception and paddle out at Hanna Park. More details will be posted as the event draws closer.

Please RSVP by May 2nd by clicking HERE

Attire: Recommend Hawaiian/tropical  / Casual beach attire

What to bring:  Sunscreen, hats.  If you surf, bring your surf board as we will do a paddle out ceremony at the end of the service. You can also bring towels or chairs to hang out at the beach. 

Venue: Dolphin Plaza at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

At Park entrance, please let them know you are attending the memorial service for Paul Figura. Entrance to park will be $1.50, so please come prepared.

Venue is indoor/outdoor. Light brunch and refreshments will be available. Program begins promptly at 10am. Following the paddle-out, we will continue the celebration until 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the charities that Paul volunteered with:

Don't Miss A Beat

Friends of Jacksonville Animals

For out of town travelers:

Airport Information


Between Downtown and Beach:

Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle, 32246

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville- Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., 32207

Extended Stay America, 1413 Prudential Drive, 32207

Near the Beach:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Jacksonville-Mayport Beach, 2040 Mayport Rd, 32233

Best Western Mayport Inn & Suites, 2389 Mayport Rd, 32233

Courtyard Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront, 1617 1st St. North, 32250


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Rusted: Farm Harvest Party
6:00 PM18:00

Rusted: Farm Harvest Party

“Farm Harvest Party” at Rusted: a vintage market, 1523 San Marco Blvd., 6-10 p.m. Music provided by Jay Anthony Terry and special guest Christopher Page (Percussionist). And there will be a silent auction of garden items to raise money for our late friend Paul Figura's family. We hope to see you there. Due to the huge response, it will be BYOB ... we will provide big buckets o' ice & cups.Some of you may already know, but April 4th is also the celebration of Scott's double nickel year! Here's the deal ... No gifts for Scotty Bob. Instead make a donation in Scott's honor to the fund for Paul Figura's family, or purchase an item in the auction. And, as hard as it is to part with the Japanese maple and planter pictured here, we will be auctioning it off for the Paul fund. The stunning 1950s/1960's era tripod legged, textured concrete planter was a gift to us from our buds Laurie Hitzig and Larry Wilson. The maple was another gift from Laurie's sister, and was about a foot tall when we received it. It has graced our gardens for many years and can now be yours. It will honor Paul with it's love and grace for years to come. Starting bid will be $150. Come and celebrate Paul, celebrate Scott, and celebrate spring! Dance, sing, love, and experience the spiritual embrace of friends and family during this season of renewal!

-Dennis & Scott 

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Artwalk Celebration Of Paul Figura
5:00 PM17:00

Artwalk Celebration Of Paul Figura

Paul Figura and his art inspired all of us to be not only more creative but also more generous, loving, and aspiring. April's Art Walk provides an opportunity to honor his commitment to excellence both as a photographer and as a person.


The lei, most commonly a garland of flowers, is worn as a celebration of life at times of loss in many cultures whose oceanic environment suggests the setting where Paul most found pleasure and peace. Please consider donning one in his memory if you attend Art Walk on Wednesday, April 2. Amy has received the gracious consent of Paul's family for him to be honored in this way.

How you can participate

If you want to be a part of this celebration, just come to Art Walk on Wednesday, April 2 sometime between 5 and 9 and wear a lei in Paul's honor. If you don't have one, come get one from us at our table outside of Visit Jacksonville (on Laura across from Chamblin's).Altogether we have several hundred garlands that we hope will send a strong message of love and appreciation to Paul, and we'll be distributing them at our table along with special cards that explain our purpose. 


About the celebration

The purpose of the event is show strong support of Paul and make people aware of how much he meant to us. To that end, we'll be giving a card to everyone to whom we also give a garland that directs them to Amy's GetWellPaul.com website to learn more about him and potentially contribute to his family. It's like wearing a black armband or flying a flag at half-mast, only we want the effect to be clearly celebratory. My business partner Summer Wright, who owns a Yes You Canvas! studio in Orlando, eagerly offered to join me to help organize and carry out the April event after we canceled a hurried effort at March's Art Walk due to bad weather. Paul's effect on our community was too important to let such a simple opportunity for communal celebration pass by.


Why are we doing this?

Summer and I worked with Paul regularly during our years at the Dalton Agency. When I left to start my own business, Paul made a point of encouraging me by stopping by my studio and wishing me well. He was someone who I felt raised the bar for everyone he worked with, not by demand but by example. His gifts were exceptional and his personality was rare. Recently I told someone who also worked with him at Dalton that Paul was the kind of guy who you knew was cooler than you were but never made you feel like it. He knew exactly what I meant. Summer reminded me that I forwarded her an email I got from Paul congratulating me for a TV appearance a few years ago, so proud I was of his approval that I wanted to share it with her immediately. Summer's friendship with Paul extended to their shared love of watersports, and they wakeboarded together at Jacksonville Beach, less often than I know Summer would have liked. We both are devasted like everyone else by the loss of Paul in our lives, and while we were not as close to Paul as so many of you who are reading this, we felt the need to act in his honor somehow, and that's how "Celebrate Paul" came about. We have participated in Art Walk virtually every month for the past five years, and it seemed like a natural setting to honor Paul because it celebrates both Jacksonville and the creativity it engenders.


Thank you for considering this simple expression of love for Paul and his influence in our lives.After April's Art Walk, whatever the nature of your participation, your lei will be a remembrance of the freedom and fulfillment Paul found along the shores of the oceans whose once unfathomable mysteries are now known to him.


David Durrett

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5:30 PM17:30

FOJA Fundraiser for Paul Figura

For our dear friend Paul Figura who passed away after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. A special fundraiser will be held at 5:30pm on March 12th, at Havana Jax, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL.

RSVP on the FOJA Facebook event page › 

Our History

A few years back, FOJA reached out to the community for help in promoting the shelter animals. One person stepped up, and that person was Paul Figura. Paul and his team spent their time, talent, and money producing three Public Service Announcements for the shelter animals. One of the PSA's aired on local news channels for several weeks. Paul's efforts made the people of Jacksonville more aware that there were shelter animals needing help. Paul was there for us, and the shelter animals when we needed him the most. Now it's time to return the favor. We hope you all will send prayers to Paul and to his family and to his good friends Amy and Gil Samson. We also hope you will be able to attend our special fundraiser as all money collected will go directly to Paul. Here is one of the PSAs that Paul and his team made for Animal Care & Protective Services.

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