Family mourns young cancer victim

PAUL Marin will be remembered as a creative soul, whose bright spirit and love of life inspired. 

The former Griffith man passed away last Saturday at the age of 31 after losing a brave five-month battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

At the time he was living in Brisbane and was working in his dream job as a stage show and lighting designer for entertainment development group Katarzyna.

Paul was born and grew up in Griffith, where he attended St Mary’s School Yoogali and Griffith Public School.

He then completed his secondary schooling at St Francis De Sales College, Leeton.

It was here Paul developed his love and skill for media and stage production, particularly lighting.

He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts, TV production, at Charles Sturt University.

Paul’s career in lighting started in Sydney, eventually taking him all over the world, designing lighting for stage shows, dance parties, night clubs and corporate events. The ups and downs of the industry took him and his work to the USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland and Montreal to name a few. Paul’s design flair gained international recognition with his design for New York Pride being awarded the best design for 2010.

Moving from Sydney, Paul found his niche in Brisbane working for a conglomerate of the city’s nightclubs and hotspots redesigning the lighting in their nightclubs, designing lighting rigs, and event operations.

In late August 2013 Paul was diagnosed with Gliobastoma multiforme grade 4, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

His sister Liana paid tribute to a brother, who never ceased to inspire.

“His determined attitude and spirit resulted in him fighting his condition and pursuing any means to combat the disease,” she said.

“Paul was no stranger to difficulties in his life dealing with medical adversaries from a young age.

“His positive attitude and demeanour never wavered or denied him from achieving his goals and living his dream. On hearing of his medical condition his main focus was to return to work and continue to do the job he loved. Paul’s creativity, attitude and dry sense of humour were well appreciated by friends and family alike.”

Paul passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, after a difficult struggle over the Christmas and holiday season.

He will be sorely missed and forever remembered by parents Patricia and Lou and siblings Andrew and Liana.

Paul’s funeral will be held tomorrow, Saturday, February 22 at 10am at Our Lady of Pompeii Church Yoogali.

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