Messages from family & friends

Paul was gifted with an innate ability to see the whimsical side of life. And that talent traversed through the camera’s lens, onto the paper, and into our senses like cool water from a Carolina stream. A part of our creative community has made his transition...and we are happy to have had the experience of him. Peace and everlasting love to the family, friends, and to all of those wearing a heavy heart.
— Jay Anthony Terry
To best express my admiration for this amazing man, I am reposting a quote from Paul’s Instagram account. He truly embodied this way of life and made the world a better place.

”In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” —Buddha
— Josie Duncan
Paul first inspired me with an M&M. He came to show his portfolio to one of my advanced photo classes at UNF in the mid 90s. The one piece that stuck with me was a poster of a magnified M&M. He talked about mounting multiple sets of bellows on his Hasselblad to achieve the proper magnification and focus. I went on to assist for my adjunct professor, Stuart Findley, but if it wasn’t for Stu, I probably would have worked with Paul. He and I had good relations in the photo world and a mutual respect. I really enjoyed his lifestyle photos and grasp of technology. I wish nothing but the best for his family and look forward to celebrating his life at the paddle out.
— Daniel Barley
Paul, will miss your infectious smile and sense of humor. Rest in peace my friend.
— Hilda Case
I never had the opportunity to meet Paul. It was through instagram, however, I was lucky enough to connect with him. He has been a huge inspiration for my own photography and he seemed like an incredible person. I wish it was under better circumstances, but I am so glad there is a site to commemorate him. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Robert Mathews
For Nic and Taylor, I am sending each of you a hug and prayers at this time. I know that you always enjoyed your dad’s visits when he volunteered in your Kindergarten classrooms. My husband, Jerry, remembers and shared your dad’s passion for photoshop in the beginning of your dad’s career, when he was a client.
Sending prayers for your dad and the entire family. Your dad was a wonderfully creative, giving and adventurous person and will be greatly missed.
— Vicki and JP "Jerry" VanGundy
Paul is one of the most genuinely happy and pleasant persons I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Always a blast to work with a joyful soul to call a friend. You will be greatly missed bud!
— Ben Marchio
There are no words that could express the sadness of this tramatic event. Judy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Our Lord bless you all and keep you under his divine light. Love to you and yours,
Your friend,
— Linda and family
i heard paul died today and i started to cry because i only saw him at moxie for about 2 hours. i also made a lego minifigure to remember him. i was in tears for a long time because he was so nice.
— quinn gray
Words are inadequate to express my condolences. I had not known until this morning that Paul had been ill, so I am in shock and lost for words. I am heartbroken for the family.

I first met Paul around 15 years or so ago when he gave a presentation to professional photographers and saw him again a few weeks ago when he gave a presentation at a local photo club. When I heard he was going to be there, I came out specially that night a few weeks ago to see him, as I so admire his work. He was such an inspiration to all.

He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he has touched. I am praying that God will give strength, comfort and peace to the family and that He will keep them in the palm of His hand in the days ahead.
— Diane Macdonald
I am devastated and heartbroken over the news. Such a sad day to lose a man so full of life and so kind and generous. Paul was “one of a kind” and I feel blessed to have had a chance to work with him and to have called him a friend. I just feel speechless... Truly heartbroken.

Love and prayers to his family and friends. I know that Paul knew how loved he was by all.
— Tammy Britton
I am an employee of OptaComp. While I did not know Judy personally, I have met her. Judy, my prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time in your life. Remember all of the good times and keep talking about funny stories, as this helped me when my twin brother passed.

Bless you and your family.
— Alexis Van Cort
I was hopeful Paul would make it. So sad to hear of his passing. We’ll miss his positive attitude in the community he served so well. This is a loss for the First Coast. May God bless his family and close friends.
— Eddie Pitts
Paul was one of the kindest and most compassionate people that I have had the good fortune to meet. As I look back at the too little time spent with him I most vividly recall how inspirational and supportive he was.
I will miss that easy smile and giving spirit.
My love and prayers to his family and friends
— Robert Clark
Paul - our hearts are broken. This just cannot be true. Your heart was so kind. Your soul so genuine. I can still remember a hot, blistering July summer day sitting in the back of your truck and watching you roll around in dirt, bushes, bugs and some of the most disgusting “questionable” items while on location trying to get the perfect SWAT shot for us. I remember thinking, “God this guy’s good.” Your legacy lives on in the memories you created through the lens and in the stories told by your friends and family. You were truly amazing.
— Heather Fraser
I am so saddened to discover Paul’s illness and death. I never met him personally, just through Instagram interaction. As a fellow photographer I enjoyed and admired his work. As a fellow human I admired his spirit and obvious love of life and the people he shared it with. I am planning on moving to coastal Florida soon and had him on my list of people to connect with and get to know better. Not to be.
My heart breaks for his much loved friends, family and partners.
— Greg Wostrel
Fig, next week I’ll be riding up for Bike Week. Was hoping we would get together as we’ve done in the past. So this time I’ll have a beer for you and watch the crowd without you. If any of you are going to be there as well call me and we can share a toast to our riding buddy.
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— Stephen Grasso
Paul, It’s with a heavy heart the memories come rushing in after hearing of your illness and then you were gone. You always had a moment for me if I dropped in unannounced at the Studio.
Thanks for leaving us some great work to remember your creativity. My thoughts go out to your children and family during this sad and hard time. It’s all simply unbelievable.
Long live the creative Spirit!
— Chas Dodge
It took me awhile to form words for this blog... I am deeply sadden for the lost of such a great person. Paul had a great personality, skilled photographer, and such a friendly character. He is truly gone to soon. I just want to thank Paul for giving me my first modeling opportunity with the Roar, and that will allow me to keep striving for greatness in your name!
— Kristen Smith
We have lost a great one today. Paul and his work has touched many of us. Not just Jacksonville, but around the world. I had the pleasure of working with him and have to say he was the consummate artist and a delight to work with. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family and all who knew him. It is extremely difficult when someone leaves us so soon. And while we can not understand why he had to go, we are all blessed for having known him.
— Linda Hawkins
I met Paul in Gainesville. He was a fun, kind. talented and beautiful person. He loved taking pictures and loved riding his motor cycle. He will be truly missed. He will always be in my heart and may he rest in peace.
— Pat Milikin
Dear Figura family, my sincerest sympathy and heartfelt love is with you now and in the days ahead. Paul was a bright light in this world illuminating so many beautiful and lasting moments. I will always remember fondly the joy of working with him and honor of knowing him. May God’s grace and peace be with you.
— Theresa Makrush
I am shocked and saddened at the news of Paul’s untimely passing. Paul and I have been friends for 30 years since our days in Gainesville. He was a kind soul, a good friend and a talented professional. God bless his family and watch over the children that made him so proud. May you rest in peace my friend.
— Lawrence Najem
To all of Paul’s Family & Friends, God Bless Us All, we now have another advocate for us in Heaven!
A picture of Paul, we can keep in our hearts.....
— Tricia and Bryan Cox
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Paul long but in the time I did spend with him I felt as if I had encountered a truly wonderful person and consummate professional. Please allow me to add my condolences to those expressed by his many friends and admirers here and elsewhere throughout our community.
— Jim Walker
We are both so saddened by this news. We feel honored to have known him and will remember him fondly for years to come. All our love to his family through this difficult time.
— Deborah and Rex Howe
I was privileged to have known Paul. I was fortunate to have worked with him. He saw the world in a unique way and the world is a lesser place without him. I’m sending up thoughts and prayers for Paul’s family.
— Dan Schroeter
Judie, my heart breaks for you and your family. Paul was not only a wonderful man, but a wonderful son and father. My thoughts and prayers and love are with you.
— Kenna Freiberg
My heart broke this morning when I heard the news. We lost a wonderful, passionate, and talented person today. Please know, Paul, that you will be missed every day and that you were well loved. My deepest sympathy and condolences.
— Lauren Trump
This morning we lost a great talent who touched all of our lives in amazing ways. Paul is gone from us now, but his creative passion and zest for life will remain with us forever. My deepest sympathies go out to Paul’s family during this difficult time and may your memories of him give you strength in the days ahead.
— Tom Schifanella
Dear Miss Judie and family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult sorrowful time. My sincere condolences to all.
— Theresa Britt
I am so, so sad this morning with the news of the loss of Paul. He was a kind, fun, creative soul and someone who has left us too young. He does leave a remarkable legacy of friends, family and a remarkable body of images that will outlast us all. Much love to his family and all that will miss him.
— Hope McMath
I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathy to Judie, Nick, Taylor, Nia and the rest of the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
— Gary Smith
You have always been an inspiration to all! Your kindness and your work shows your love for photography and for the ocean. May God bless you and your family! Aloha Nui Loa my friend!
— Albe Merza
Caring, kind, gentle and giving. A friend to everyone he met and a man with a huge heart and a kind soul. May God bless you and your family. Rest in peace my dear friend.
— Doug Gabos

Hi Paul, you don’t know me and I don’t know you. But I heard your sad story from my daughter-in-law who is your cousin. I dearly hope you are getting better, God has to listen to all the pleas from your friends and relatives. You must be a wonderful person to be loved by so many. My best wishes for a speedy recovery,
— Sieglinde Sessa
Wishing you the very best. I am a friend of your wonderful Mother Judy. She spoke of you often at work and is so proud of you. May God heal you completely in Jesus Name I pray.
— Linda Leach
We’re sending loving/healing thoughts your way, Paul!! So wish we were there in person but thinking about you every day and delivering you a continuous supply of virtual big bear hugs xoxoxo
— Holli Tony and Wiggles
Just stopping by to say hi, Paul. Been thinking about you and checking for updates every day; sending you all sorts of good vibes, prayers, thoughts and virtual hugs. You got this!
— Bonnie Upright
Paul - I wish you a fast & strong recovery! You’re an incredible person and I was shocked by this news. You are patient working with me anytime and that takes a lot so I know you’re strong. :) I wonder what it’s like to see the world through you camera lens, your work is always so fascinating. Your impact on this world from one frame to the next is far from complete. You’re in great hands, surrounded by a great circle of loved ones and I’m thinking of you & your family every day.
— Casey Walters
You make the world better with your work and passion. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Can’t wait to work together in a project soon! Get well my friend.
— Angel Ayala
Paul, you have made my designs, and me, look great with your wonderful photography for over 25 years. This news really upset me today. If anyone can pull through this it is you my friend. My family and I are praying for your speedy recovery. All the best to you and your family. Do not hesitate to ask me for anything you need.
— Joe Walter
Paul! Sending you positive, healing vibes for a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
— Jenny Bello
We are all pulling for you! You are in my prayers. I pray that you are back out there shooting soon!
— Tony Haines
When Renee Parenteau sent me the really cool shots you did with the “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word” skateboard sticker, I was surprised that a photographer I didn’t even know would make time on his shoot to include something like this and I loved it. But even better than the beautiful shots you took, was the way we then struck up a friendship on Instagram. It’s amazing to meet someone who reaches out like you do and is so appreciative of everyone around them. You are truly one of a kind. Sending you good thoughts for a speedy recovery! I need you back on Instagram SOON, it’s boring without you!
— Cindy Whitehead

From Cindy Whitehead

Thanks for getting a shot of me Paul. That rarely happens. Please get well soon. This town needs you!
— Eddie Pitts

Surfer Eddie Pitts, by Paul Figura

Paul, I am sending you and your family many happy thoughts and joyous prayers in hopes of your speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing you happy and healthy soon!
— Stockton Eller
Paul, you’re so respected, admired, loved and well known in this community and know there are so many people pulling for you and sending you well wishes! Speedy Recovery for you and prayers for your family.
— Jessie Preza
Sending good vibes from everyone at On Ideas. Stay strong!
— On Ideas
Hey Paul, When I think of you - I think of all the people you have inspired, including myself. I think of all the people who would call the studio and ask if they could come by and pick your brain - and while other photographers would be threatened - you never say no. I think about how every shoot I have ever worked on with you and how comfortable you make the talent or the subject feel. I think about all the things you taught me way back then and how you have always took an interest in everyones success. I think you are definitely as selfless as they come. Your kindness comes through in all that you do.. It’s evident in all the well wishes here and all are true. Cant wait to see you up and around again soon!
— Judi Maher
Blessings of healing, love and comfort during this hard time. Much prayers being sent! Keep it strong!
— Michelle Vance
For a guy who is always in constant motion it’s unusual to see you resting so much! You’ve always been my lifeline to the sort of work I used to do in Los Angeles as a makeup artist and hope you’re up and shooting again soon. I hope you’re surfing again and we can all go on an Art Brewer surf camp somewhere in the world soon!
— Renee Parenteau
Cousin Paul, So sorry to hear you are ill. Olga, Max, and Nikolas are all concerned for you and sending you our most positive thoughts and wishes. Get well soon and please — Aunt Judie and Mark — reach out to us if you need anything.
— Christopher Batio
Dear Paul: The entire team at CROP Creative Media is sending positive thoughts and prayers to you for a full and speedy recovery. We wish you and your family strength and comfort during this difficult time.
— Rejeanne Davis Ashley Hankins
Thanks for always being kind and a pleasure to work with. Get well soon, Paul. Praying for a quick recovery.
— Sean Taylor
Oh, dear dear Paul, I JUST found out, and am just flabbergasted... PLEASE PLEASE know that Lizzie, Marty and I are praying for you and pulling for your speedy recovery. You KNOW how you’ve touched our lives, with your talented eye and warm smile; I will come visit soon. Much much much Love, Mary, Marty and Lizzie
— Mary Baer
Dear Judie, Paul and family.
You are in our thoughts and our prayers at this time.We wish you all the strength and love to support each other.
— Jane Allen
Get well soon Paul! Prayers and positive thoughts with you for a speedy recovery!
— Kenny Salvador
Hey Paul, I know your love for life and positive energy are gonna get you through this difficult time. Please stay strong and keep fighting. Looking forward to having a surf or a ride with you when you’re well enough. We all love you and are pulling for you. Get well Paul!
— Patrick Carter
Hang in there Figuras. Everyone in town (and more) is thinking of you, and pulling for a healthy, speedy recovery.

Thankfully, Paul is in good hands; the Baptist Neuro team is top notch. They have well-trained docs, consistently earn high marks with HealthGrades, and were recently named a regional leader by US News & World Report. I can attest – they’re good people.
— Tom Charde
Paul, the entire community is praying for you and sending healing thoughts. And gosh, you sure do have a lot of friends and fans! Continue to fight the fight. You will make it through…we all know it!
— Mary Fisher
Paul, we are still floored by this unexpected turn of events. I know the community is keeping vigil for your recovery. We will be supportive in any way we can!!
— Didier and Melissa Busnot
Paul, there is so much respect, support and love for you here. I hope you can feel it as you rest and heal. I pray that God holds you in the palm of his hand. Get well soon, my friend.
— Camille Middleton
Love and best wishes for a speedy recovery Paul. Look forward to seeing you shooting again soon!
— Guy Pusheé
Prayers of strength, healing, and a speedy recovery, Paul.
— Jenny Kubicki Henry
Get well and back to surfing soon ... Pomaikaʻi E ola!
— Dale Evans
Paul, Prayers for you and your family. Stay strong. I know you will fight the good fight. God speed.
— Steve O'Brien
Paul, Please know that I am holding you and your family in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Your positive energy and zest for life will be your spirit guide... draw on them even when you think they aren’t there anymore. I can’t begin to tell you what a joy you are in my life.... even when we only see each other fleetingly ! I am here as you need me and please know the Regions family will help as we can. Much love and peace and wishes for a speedy recovery.
— Marty Lanahan
Paul, sending healing prayers your way. The entire Husk Jennings crew is pulling for you!
— Sheri Stoliker Gallagher
Paul and Family, I pray for a complete healing. I keep check your updated from here Thailand. I don’t have a chance to visit you.
You will pass through this hard time and gonna be ok.All loves are sending to you from all friends.You will get well soon.. Paul. All the best.
— Patsima Stopp
Mr. Figura, I was shocked and saddened when Taylor called me. I have peace over this situation though because I know that you are strong and you will pull through this. Taylor and Nick are eager for you to heal, as is the rest of the Jax community. I am praying for you every night.
— Jana Parnell
Paul and family: Love and support from all your friends in Atlanta, Valdosta and places far flung who enjoy your work daily in all the beautiful visuals you have brought to life. Rest and heal and come back even stronger, we know you will. Love from Six Flags & Herschend Family and all of us who respect and love you
— Linda Jensen

From Karen Kurycki

Paul, I have been thinking about you and praying for your recovery since Amy told me what happened on Tuesday. I know you’re going to get through this, especially with all of your friends’ and family’s love and support. It’s clear how many lives you have touched and how many people have the utmost respect for you and the work that you do. I know you will bounce back from this and continue to give back to the world in the same way you always have. Besides, who else is going to help Walter (my dog) on his path to TV stardom!? Much love and support for you, Nia, Amy, Gil and the rest of your family.
— Love, Karen
I wish all the best for you Paul, and I’ll be sending a lot of thoughts to you all the way from Denmark.
— Matias Rona
Paul I have such extreme respect for you. This news is not easy to take, but I have all the faith that you will beat all odds. Keep smiling.
— Jody Dughi
Paul, I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. Through the years I have known you and had the pleasure to work with you, I have always appreciated your knowledge, insight and most importantly your spirit and the balance and grace with which you live your life. Your great strength of character and passion for life will be there for you now when you need them most. So will the warm wishes and prayers of all your family and friends whose lives you have touched and inspired for decades.

Rest, heal and recover - my thoughts are with you for a strong recovery.
— Andrew Kemmerer
Hey Paul, We are so utterly sad to hear about all this and are sincerely hoping, praying and positive vibe sending for your speedy recovery. You’re a strong, good person and I’m sure you’ll pull out of this with the same reflective aplomb you always have.
— Meg and Bruce Cooke
Paul, I will keep you close in my thoughts for healing. If I can do it, I know you can! Please let me know if I can help Amy and Paul.
— Jeanne Theriault
Anything we can do to help!!! Please let us know! In the meantime, Paul, our friend for many years...we are praying for what the Almighty does best. Heal you! Prayers for all the family! Nia, we are here for you too.
— Bryan and Tricia Cox
Paul, you are in my prayers also. You have been such a good friend to so many of us at The Women’s Board. We love you!
— Mary Pietan
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Paul! Hang in there and know that there’s a whole community out there rooting for your recovery.
— Aliera Peterson
Paul, Stay strong, you and your family are in our prayers.
— Jeremy Paterno
Lila and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Hoping all your strength and resiliency bring you a speedy and successful recovery. So happy to see all the love coming your way - it’s a mirror of all you’ve given to so many.
— Todd Lynch
Dear Paul, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerest wishes and prayers for strength and a full recovery.
— Marjorie and Rodnie Marquinez
Paul, I just want you to know you are in my thoughts. I’m so sad this has happened to you, but I have no doubt that you will conquer this and you’re life will be better because of it! Thank you for being such a wonderful supporter of my art and being so frikin’ cool.
— Clair Hartmann
Paul, Prayers to you and your loved ones during this difficult time. You’re an inspiration to many us who work in the creative field. Get well brother.
— Gabriel Laserna
My heart goes out to you, Paul and your family, may you all find solace in God’s grace and may he send angels to heal and comfort you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
— Paul Sluder
Thinking about you and rooting for you every day Paul. You’ve got so many fun things to do, so let’s get on with this and get better ok?
— Steve Mcnutt

From Steve Mcnutt

Devasted to hear about what’s happening and grateful to those who are keeping the community informed about Paul’s condition. Sending lots of thought and prayers to you, Paul, and hoping for a full recovery. You can do this!
— Evin Willman
Thoughts and prayers are with you, Paul. Like your camera lens, you’ve captured the love, admiration and loyalties of many in this community. You’re my friend in the crazy world of advertising, and there’s one thing for certain about us creatives... We don’t give up! Keep your spirit high and you will feel the energy your friends and family are sending you that gives you a boost when you need it. Get well soon.
— Karen Klefman
Paul I have such extreme respect for you. This news is not easy to take, but I have all the faith that you will beat all odds. Keep smiling.
— Jody Dughi
Paul, Brother, I know that God is with you right now, I know that he has probably had you out surfing with him while your body sits there healing. I know that he is only going to keep you out for a few sessions, catching barrel after barrel before he needs you to come in. You still have a lot to do back on the beach. Katie the kids and I have been praying for you keeping all positive thoughts towards you and your family. Love and prayers,
— Katie, Luciana, Leo and Caleb!
I just learned of Paul’s situation. I haven’t seen Paul is quite a few years, but I was so stunned to hear of his condition. We are praying for a steady and complete recovery. It is obvious how many lives Paul as touched, and he continues to do so even in his own personal fight. So many thoughts, prayers, and good vibes are coming your way. Rest and return to your loved ones.
— Michelle Smith Todd
Paul... Your friends at St. Philip Neri Church are praying for you and holding you close in our hearts. The Animal Ministry’s even been praying for you with our four legged family members, since we know that God hears them too.

Peace and blessings to you, your family, Amy & Gil. God is with you. He will give you (and your family) strength to get through this and back to the life that you so love.

You’re a wonderful and special human being and I know that God smiles each time he thinks of you and He’s so very proud of all the good that you do. You’ve touched so many lives, both people and animal. Hurry back to full speed, the world needs you.
— Becky Hamilton
Paul you mean the world to so many people and have touched so many lives. We’re all here thinking about you everyday, sending our prayers and positive vibes!
— Love Heidi and Elle
Paul, Judie and the rest of the gang, praying for a full recovery so you can continue to make everyone you come in contact with realize they need to enjoy life like you do.
— Gary Smith
I’ve been checking in and thinking of you often. Sending lots of healing thoughts and positive energy your way — be strong — you can battle back from this.
— Allison Blackstone
My church still has you & your family in their prayers. The ladies on the prayer board at PV Presbyterian are amazing. I look forward to working with you again soon, & I’m sorry this happened to you. You’re so positive, I’m glad you have so much support:)). Get well soon:))
— Beth Adair

 This shot is my favorite taken by Paul — Beth Adair

Paul, We have been following the updates on you for the two weeks and wish you have a speedy recovery. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and may God bless you in your time of need. A special thank you to Amy for the updates.
— Hunter Robinson
Paul: So sorry to hear you’re down for the count, but our thoughts are with you, and our prayers are going up for you. Get well soon... and back to the people and things you love! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
— Steve & Laurie Miller
Paul, you are not only an amazing photographer and the epitome of are hands down one of the most generous colleagues and humans I have the pleasure of knowing... I always remember your kindness and meeting for lunch in SOHO to discuss work and your efforts to not lose touch since I left Jacksonville. Your humble nature and raw talent exude and your professional grace are an inspiration to me daily. We are all thinking of you and here with you on your road to recovery!
— Katie Wilson
Paul, you’re a standup guy and I know you mean the world to my dad. It’s crazy awesome to see how many people’s lives you’ve touched and I can’t think of anyone who deserves a quick and speedy recovery more than you. Feel better soon!
— Ali MacDonald
Dear Paul, Although we’ve never really met, I’ve known you through some really wonderful friends and colleagues of yours over the years. It’s so obvious what an amazing man you are. I wish you all the best with your recovery....something tells me you are quite a fighter. Prayers for you and your family.
— Cathy Sargent
Positive thoughts and prayers for you Paul. Nothing but well wishes for a quick recovery. May God’s healing hands be upon you and make you well again.
— Jet Belleza
Dear Paul - Sending prayers to you for a speedy recovery and thinking of Nia - many times today.
— Michele Matilla
Paul, I was shocked to hear that you were in the hospital. My prayers are with you and your family and may you have a speedy recovery. Hang in their my friend.
— JJ Currie
We here at Mayo Clinic are thinking of you, Paul, and your family during this time. You are a strong, vibrant man and we believe you will pull through this. We are sending positive thoughts and prayers to you for a speedy recovery and look forward to your seeing your creative expression again soon! Positive thoughts!
— Cynthia Weiss
Praying for you and your family, Paul, every single day.
— Trish Diggins
Hang in there my friend. My wife and I are praying for you and know that you’re so strong to pull through anything. Anything we can do for you we definitely will. Can’t wait to see you again!
— Evan Hampton
Sending positive and healing thoughts your way.
— Jill Mero
We are all thinking about you and sending wishes for a quick recovery. From all of us at Frankel Media Group, get well soon!
— Ryan Frankel
Sending prayers Paul, sending prayers.
— Lee Crum
Paul, all of us in South Jax Beach are sending prayers your way. Please, please get well soon brother!
— Kim Thorpe
Dear Paul, You are in my prayers every night. Much love coming from Chicago.
— Sandra Thayer
Paul, my family and I are praying for you and your family. Love and respect.
— Ryan Ketterman
Paul-you and your family are in our prayers. Keep up the good fight and I know God has you in His hands. You are an amazing guy and have given so much to so many others. Please know we are here for you guys if we can do anything. God’s Peace to you and your family!
— Bill Fannin
Praying and very hopeful...Hang in there Paul!
— Susan Hehman Miller
Paul, I am praying for you everyday and can’t get you out of my head.. you are such an amazing person, full of life and always such a wonderful spirit! I know if anyone can make it through this you can! you had an impact on my life long ago and I am so sad that this has happened to who always make others around you feel capable of achieving their dreams and encourage them to do so!! please pull through this you handsome bastard!!! :) so many people love you.. including me!!
— Allyson Modica
Get Well Soon Paul!
— George Akel
This is quite a shock to hear about. I agree with others’ sentiments in that I have complete faith that you will overcome what you are facing right now.I pray for a complete healing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
— Sunny Hill Bond
Paul and Nia, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Namaste......
— The Jaleel family
Lots of prayers, love & positive vibes emanating your way from us... One day by hook or crook we’ll get you back in the water Paullie!
— Tom Nuijens

From Tom Nuijens

Hi Paul- If there is one person that can get through this it is you! The respect I have had and always will for you is huge. Seems like just yesterday we were at your 40th birthday party. p.s. I would like an invite to your next one :) sending you much love and light.
— Suzi Young-Gaines
Paul, Thanks so much for all the photography work you have done with the American Heart Association-First Coast Market. My family is praying for you and your family.
— Rosiland Bridges
Paul, My thoughts are with you, and I fully expect to resume our semi-regular, chance meetings in San Marco Square or Guitar Center. You WILL master the F major barre chord! Your ever-present smile and kind greetings have always been so welcoming, and the many friends sharing their thoughts here are ample testimony to your unfailing kindness and spirit. I will see you soon.
— Bob Hesson
Paul, you have always been here for our family. It is our turn to give back. We will keep you in our prayers. Keep smiling as always. Thinking of you. Love from the Dughi’s...
— Brian, Alice & Jody
Hello Classmate, I am thinking about you and praying for your complete healing. God’s love for you is greater than your current situation. Here’s to a speedy recovery, Paul.
— Tammy Williams-Kelly
Paul and Nia, thinking and praying for you and your loved ones.
— Jenn Ortega
Hey Paul!! I was so happy to see you lastnight! I am loving the new hairdo :) You could start a whole new fad! I met your dear friend Vanessa Williams last night.... love her!!! I look forward to hanging out again soon. We have a lot of work to catch up on and good laughs and times for sure!! I will make sure that Robin is a part of the next one, remember how much fun that was in Boston?! Stay strong you and fight for that AMAZING life that you share with all of us. I just adore you and always have. Love Ya’!
— Jessica Golder
Thinking of you Paul!
— Robyn Russell
Dear Nia and Paul: I saw a tremendous amount of love in that hospital room.. Love is the strongest force on this planet and with it healing can come.....sending prayers and love.
— Susan Terbrueggen
Paul, wishing you all the very best and a fast recovery.
Stay strong mate and get better soon.
— Bob Hedges
Paul, fight like hell! You’ve captured many of is professionally and personally. We are pulling for you. You can do it!
— Bryan Barker
Paul, You are in our thoughts and prayers and hope you are better soon.
— Lisa Page
Praying for you Paul! Miss chatting at the corner and reminiscing. This will be one of those stories, and it’ll work for good. Love ya man! Here’s a pic of you in Daytona at the Halifax Health shoot.
— Jefferson Rall

From Jefferson Rall

Paul, Rest my friend, allow all of you wonderfulness to gather and present itself to all of us once again. The world will once again revel in your art. Be blessed and heal.
— Eric Peck
Prayers and positive thoughts go out to you, Pauly Figs!!! If anyone has the strength to get through this, it’s you. Your love for living life to the fullest has always inspired many, and in turn, I hope that you are feeling the love and support that we are all sending your way. I wish you the best as you confront the upcoming challenges of recovery, but know that you have an amazing community network of friends and family who will never stop standing by you.
— Ken Panganiban
You have been an amazing friend to the American Heart Association-First Coast. Your work has helped us touch countless lives and I am honored to call you a AHAFirstCoast volunteer. Thinking of you, your family and Amy at this time.
— Katie Seay
Paul, we are thinking about you and praying for you. Am so glad I got to see you Monday at the agency!! I hope someone is reading all of these great comments to you. Much love and good thoughts are coming your way for a quick recovery!
— Celia Weeks
Paul, you and your family have been in my thoughts since I heard the news. I know that everyone who knows you is praying for your recovery. Hang in there, sending you much love.
— Jill Applegate
Keeping you in my thoughts!!

Here is the good news - I suffered not one, but two Ischemic strokes years ago, followed by open heart surgery to repair an Atrial Septal Defect in my heart that caused the two strokes. They occurred within 18 months of each other and both were followed by lots of rehab and hard work on my part to try to get back to normal. It is a fight that you can do - I’m living proof of it!!! I’m now 21 years post strokes and going strong - I suspect your story will be as successful as mine !
— Joey Wilson
Thank you to the loved ones who created this site so we can speak to Paul as friends and family. Paul, I know we are going to see your smiling face and life-filled spirit again soon! Whatever the challenges that lay ahead, it is your grace and courage that will inspire continued love and support from all of us! You will never face the days ahead alone my friend!
— Mike Barnhart
Paul, You’re in my thoughts and in my heart. Words can’t convey how much love and support is coming your way. Here’s to a swift recovery!
— Jessi Bruton
Sending you healing light and prayers for much strength. The acting and surfing communities are behind you on this tough journey! God Bless you.
— Linda Bevilacqua
The entire Void family is funneling ALL our positive energy to you Paul. Void wouldn’t be where it is today without your early insight and guidance. I’ve learned so much from working with you over the years. You are one tough dude...keep fighting Paul!!!
— Tye Wallace
Paul, your love for life is contagious... love, thoughts and prayers from the old city.
— Rob Futrell
Hey Paul, I remember the Dalton days (99-02), where I was supposed to art direct your photo shoots on the field at Alltel for the Jags games back in the glory days (Fred Taylor, Mark Brunnell, Tony Boselli, Keenan and Jimmy and all the greats). I thought it funny that I was to try and direct anything for a master. So you kindly gave me one of your cameras and let me roam the field and shoot whatever I wanted, and you did what you do, make beautiful pictures. I remember your family when your kids were little picking me up at the Agency for the trip to the field. That was epic. I always felt that as a young man in this city of creative talents, that you made me feel as an equal (even though I was just a newbie). Thanks for all of the advice, the encouragement and support. Here’s to making many more memories in the future my friend. Praying for a full recovery, and prayers, love and support for your family and friends. Love you man!
— Louie Preysz
Paul knew about my true devotion to my dad’s eldercare and he was my only aquaintence to up to support me a his funeral.

My relationship with Paul is perfectly captured in a scene from the picture TOMBSTONE and I’ve always felt like Doc Holliday because of it.

Doc Holliday: Wyatt Earp (Paul) is my friend.
Posse Member: Well hell Doc, Wyatt’s (Paul’s) got lots of friends.
Doc Holliday: I don’t.
— Steven Marque
So grateful we talked last Monday, I can still hear your laugh ! As we talked about the old told me a very funny story about when you were on a shoot with friend, Jeff Maher. Paul, I can’t stop thinking about you, praying, keep the faith...I can see your family and friends are providing all the light around. You’re a wonderful, amazing man, father, friend, brother and son. There are not many people like you around. You’ve touched so many you forever......
— Christina, Yuxing and Robin
Paul, all of us at Shepherd have been thinking about you a lot lately and you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We will keep sending you positive vibes everyday and want you to know that you are greatly missed! So keep fighting and return to us soon.
— Tom Schifanella
Paul, I channeled your retouching mastery today as best I could. I can’t recall ever having worked with a photographer with an eye like yours. I can’t wait to see you back at it...and to be able to swap stories and plug you for tips from the master. I hope the rest they say you’re getting is just what you need. Big hug.
— Lara Ortiz
Paul - we only made it half way through the menu at Moxie...get better soon so we can all get together again and finish tasting the rest! Know we are sending you our good vibrations.
P.S. Amy - great job on the hang in there, too!
— SMJ, TG and Q
You are in my prayers Paul everyday! When you get better, lets do an awesome shoot together. :)
— Genevieve Spence
Prayers and blessings being sent your way. We enjoy your photographs everyday. You captured so many special moments in our Missy’s life. Thank you dear friend..we hope you have a complete and speedy recovery and are once again giving Jacksonville those beautiful Paul photos.
— Melinda Gallup
Hey Paul!- What are you doing, we have a documentary to make! Ha
Sending healing light your way, may you recovery swiftly!!
— Elizabeth Olsen
Simply the BEST! Paul, your in our thoughts and prayers!
— Nick Furris
Sending love and light!
— Toni Boudreaux
Paul - we all continue to send prayers and positive thoughts for your recovery and for your family as they support you through the recovery process. We can’t wait for you and your talent to be back doing the great things you do.
— Michael Munz
Hey Fig, Sending some positive energy and healing thoughts your way. Stay strong, heal well! Peace,
— Scot Di Stefano
We’re all pulling for you, Paul! Prayers and virtual hugs headed your way!
— Cathleen Murphy
To one of my oldest and dearest friends...Paul I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. I wish I could be there to pray with you and the family. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers every day. The Cox family is praying for you as well. Hang in there, brother. We all love you!
— Diane Wilson
Thinking of you Paul and sending healing thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
— Nicole DeLoreto
The world needs your spirit and your vision, Paulie. Get that melon right and get back in the game. Thinking about you, and pulling for you every hour of every day. #getwellpaul—its trending, i hear. :)
— Jamie Borders
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I can see your big smile and hear your laugh. You are infectious.
— Sophia Cowley
We haven’t met yet, but I have heard of you through the FOJA family of volunteers. Prayers are being said for your continued full recovery and for comfort for your family and friends.
— Cathie Lambert
Prayers are with you Paul. If I could share in words what I know you would find through visual expression a strength in spirit would shine larger than the First Coast has ever seen. I love you brother.
— Kurtis Loftus
Paul, you are always in my thoughts and prayers!
Get well soon my Friend!
— Bob Hedges
‘Get well Paul’ that says it all! God’s healing, peace and love to you my friend!
— David Parrish
Praying for a speedy recovery.
— Judith Gilde Raiken
You’ve been a true friend to my family from the moment we met. Please know that we are here for you for anything you need. You’re in our prayers, buddy!
— Dan and Kelly Brooks
Paul, all of us just down the block are sending you nothing but love and positive energy. You’ve got spirit and soul in spades man, and I have no doubt we will be doing cool work again sooner rather than later.
— Joash Brunet
Paul we are continuing to pray that you will get stronger, your healing will be steadfast, and that God will be there for you, by your side, holding you up through this difficult journey.
— Josser and Family
Prayers going up for you Paul.
— Teresa Hatten
I don’t know you personally, But seeing the outstanding support from our mutual friends I can already tell you’re one hell of a guy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We are all wishing you a speedy and full recovery!
— Matthew Moses
Sending Prayers from California.
— James Tammy Mason Swank
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending so much love, Paul!
— Jessica Mullis
Rex and I are praying for Paul and he is in our thoughts daily. We will be lighting a candle for him at church for as long as it takes.
— Deborah Howe
My friend - you are the strongest person I know. Praying for your recovery.

’What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson
— Dawn Boston
Paul, I can’t get you out of my head. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Also, know that all of your friends are here for you now and will be here for as long as it takes and every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to call on us...and we will be there. Love to you and your family!! Praying for you to pull through!
— Tammy Britton
Paul, Tonight I am praying and crying my eyes out about a man I have never met. I actually feel a strange kind of connection to him because he has been such a magnificent influence on my son, Sean. His name is Paul Figura and he is struggling for his life right now. It seems like I know him because ever since Sean met him I have followed his work very closely, frequently visiting his blog or FB or looking at his website. I have “on the job” images of him on my phone and computer as if he were a member of our family and videos of him which give me a glimpse into his personality. He is an extremely talented man who has shared those talents with Sean while at the same time guiding him in right directions and exposing him to wonderful new experiences and opportunities. He has been a good mentor and teacher and friend to him in every sense. He has also captured Sean in photos in ways that no one else has and thus provided me with some of my “favorites shots.” I know from Sean that he is very kind and influential to several other of his young aspiring photographer friends as well.
I pray for a miracle. I pray for Paul and his family and all of those who are so close to him. Everyone’s strength and love means so much at a time like this. I pray that those surrounding him will provide support for each other and for him during this difficult and challenging time.

My Mom wrote this when I told her the news the first night you were in the hospital. To keep my words short, I respect and admire you in many ways. You’re man whose accomplished so much that he’s wanted to do in life already. I have so much to thank for you and I know the list hasn’t ended yet. My prayers and positive thoughts are with you and I’m looking forward to the next time we spend together.
— Sean Patrick Murphy

From Sean Patrick Murphy

Today I quietly read to Paul, all of your Guestbook messages and Facebook comments with the empathy and inflection that I perceived from your words. If he could hear me, then he did hear you.
— Stevenmarque
Paul, you are among Jacksonville’s finest and anyone who has met you is praying for you and hopeful you will make a speedy recovery, get well soon!
— Rob Knox
Paul, you already know you’re a great talent. and i’m sure you’d consider yourself (modestly) a really good guy. but if you didn’t know it before, i hope you realize just how loved you are and how many people’s lives you’ve made better just by being you. we’re all praying for you. we all love you. stay strong, my friend.
— Gregg Steward
Paul - thinking about you and the wonderful fun we had photographing Amelia Island so many years ago. Keep fighting and I know that things will work out.
— Amy Rankin
Hey Paul, its been a long time since I’ve seen you and worked with you. But, my greatest work memories still revolve around the photoshoots I was able to work on with you. I have never worked with a photographer that was more talented, kinder, or I respected more than you. Get better! I’m going to move back there in a few years and I know I’ll get to work with you again! I’m praying, but I know you can get through this with your unbelievable strength and all the friends and family that is there around you.
— Eva Day
Your strength of character and loving heart will see you through this. Your friends (and you have many of those) are there for you and your family, use us as you need us. We all will walk this stage of your life with you — one step at a time. Heal quickly and fully, my friend.
— Jorge Brunet
Be strong Paul, and when you can’t in Him.
— Karl
Stunned. Devastated. Heal up Paul. Your zest for life—inspirational. I know you’ve got some miles ahead of you. Fight and rest assured you’re not riding alone.
— Marvin Emerson
Saying prayers for you daily Paul. So many people doing the same - says so much about you. Prayers and hugs to you and all those who keep watch.
— Holly Smith
Paul - you, your family and Amy are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so saddened to learn of this news, especially knowing how much you enjoy this life!! There are many more waves to catch and so many more memories to capture friend!
— Heather Fraser

From Heather Fraser

If friends and prayers alone could heal, we would surely see you at Starbucks in the early a.m. Stay strong, Paul. There are so many pulling for your safe recovery. Thinking of you and your family more than you can know.
— Margaret & Tom Barton
Thinking of you, Paul! Routing for a full recovery. Know that you have a huge community out here to support you. Love and hugs to you and yours.
— Lesley Foster
Prayers flowing, the faith you have invested on all of us is flowing right back to ya buddy! Healing love is all around you!!
— Florence Haridan
Paul, we’re sending constant thoughts and prayers your way. You have a lot of people pulling for you.
— Justin & Marian Lee
Lots of love and prayers for such a wonderful person, my god father and more importantly a loved family friend by all of the Apostolis and Momot households!
— Alexzandra Momot
I worked with Paul on so many projects back in the film day’s, He taught me so much about life happiness and just doing the right thing! I pray for you Paul every second of everyday, Your a incredible soul my brother....Keep fighting
— Jedediah J. Waldo
Paul, we are praying for a quick recovery.
— Mary Fisher
Paul’s injury could happen to any one of us at any time. Anyone could have an unknown weakness in a brain blood vessel that simply bursts and changes life catastrophically in a matter of seconds and it could happen before you finish reading this post. All of the working out, healthy eating, pontificating on clean living and virtuous thinking is absolutely meaningless to a brain hemorrhage onset. Risk factors that don’t help include uncontrolled hypertension, but if you’re genetically predisposed to this sort of injury you’ll never know it until it happens. Knowing that this awful trauma has injured our Paul so profoundly; a robust, integrated and intelligent man, lets us know that the threat is a reality and could just as easily happen as not happen to anyone at anytime.

When I see the avalanche of love for Paul shared in just 48 hours, I am literally moved. How I want to be a person like Paul who creates such joy in people’s lives. How honored I am to have such a man as Paul as my dear friend. How I wish we could all be like Paul and embrace all the lives of all the people with whom we come in contact. What a joyful lesson there is in the overwhelming, and overwhelmingly loving and instantaneous reactions of so many to Paul’s ordeal. Paul’s inspirational point of view and ability to communicate it with his words and his totally aligned actions has never been more evident than right this minute.

In this moment it’s all about Paul’s immediate challange; in this life, it’s all about Paul’s place in the living pantheon of the people that consistantly make the world a better place for everyone in their orbit - people who search for ways to shift the balance of goodness and happiness. The vast majority of my time with Paul for so many years has been time spent laughing! I hope we can all be a lot more like Paul so we can share in his joy for life with him even more completely while we pray for him and when we hopefully, prayerfully have him given back again to us, God willing.
— Stevenmarque