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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Paul Candler, 48, artist, son, teacher, brother, thinker, friend, dreamer, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.


Paul, a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, was an explosive bundle of dichotomies; intense and mild, compassionate and harsh, obsessive and cool, free and compulsive, selfish and caring, destructive and creative. His uniqueness will be forever missed and never forgotten by his friends and family.


Paul, an accomplished artist working in the field of digital design, was an arts educator who taught in university and community-based settings, and was the curator of three exhibitions of comics art. A lifelong fan of underground comics and graphic artists, in 2002 he curated the exhibition Raw, Boiled, and Cooked: Comics on the Verge for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. It was a dream come true for him to gather and exhibit the works of some of his artistic heroes.


Paul was an avid collector of art, music, books, games, comics, and much more. He has taught drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and origami in community-based workshops, private schools, Ringling School of Art and Design, and has taught comics history at the San Francisco Art Institute.


He has volunteered his time leading children’s tours of art exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He enjoyed reading and volunteered to read at the Lighthouse Center for the Blind.


He is survived by his parents, Larry and Margie Greene Candler of Greenville, S.C., and his sister, Susan, and her partner, Laura Stanton, and their daughter, Eliza Rain Stanton-Candler, of Greenville, S.C.


He was predeceased by his younger brother, Davis Candler, of Philadelphia, PA, his maternal grandparents, Allen and Hazel Greene of Union, S.C.; his paternal grandparents, Bea and Paul Candler of Greenville, S.C., and his beloved black Labrador, Xerox.


A Memorial Service celebrating Paul’s life will be held in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, 639 North Main Street, Greenville, S.C. at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.


A memorial service will be held in San Francisco, CA at a later date.


Paul was a non-traditional person, and in honor of him the family request casual dress for the memorial service, rather than business or Sunday attire.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to AID Upstate, P.O. Box 105, Greenville, S.C. 29602.


Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com


Announcement courtesy of the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.


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