On October 5, 2012, Paul O’Neill suffered a heart attack while undergoing cancer surgery and died, leaving behind a loving wife, a son, a daughter, and a grandchild. He was 56 years old.
Paul joined Through Each Others Eyes™ in 2004 when he was working with the Tribune Newspapers in the East Valley. He spent 25 years as a photojournalist, seeking always to capture images which were both true and inspiring. Even though he grew up in the Los Angeles area and received his degree from California State University, Long Beach, most of his professional life was spent in Arizona.
After joining TEOE, Paul traveled to Mexico (2004) and Japan (2005), capturing scenes of daily life in these two countries and then hosting photographers from Mexico and Japan when they traveled to Phoenix to complete the exchange. After these exhibits, he made a strong commitment to the organization and served for three years as chair of the associate photographers.
There were numerous health problems in the last five years of his life. He had surgery for brain cancer in 2011, but within two months he was back at work and active again in our organization. We thought he would come back from the second surgery, and we were shocked and stunned when we learned he had died.
Paul had a special love for helping kids. He developed a project to educate kids against bullying, and he worked hard on all our education programs. He donated his photo skills to help two other non-profit organizations as well: Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and the Center for Humane Living (formerly the Children’s Path to Peace).