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Life & Work with Paul Carroll

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Carroll. 

Hi Paul, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I grew in Dublin Ireland and emigrated to Australia when I was Twenty, I worked in the Process Piping industry which allowed me to travel extensively around the world…I always had a love for the music of Ireland and have performed in many countries …it was during a performance in Melbourne Australia where I met my wife Cecelia, who is from Boston. We moved back to the USA and settled in New Hampshire and raised our family…I had a 25-year career with the Gillette Company as Facilities Manager…after I retired my eldest daughter Melissa was diagnosed with a terminal cancer (Ewings Sarcoma) she was an artist living in Brooklyn at the time 

When she passed, we decided to move west as my daughter Amy had attended law school in San Diego. 

After I retired, I was part of the Golf and Music Tours to Ireland and Scotland as an entertainer performing in the pubs etc. it was on one of these trips in Ireland and Scotland that I met Debbie and Jack Waitkus and they invited us out to Arizona where they live…we are still settled in Arizona. 

I perform in Dementia centers and independent living and clubs etc in the valley ….my wife started a charitable fund in our daughter’s name 

we raise funds to support cancer survivors. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life has many hurdles and obstacles, losing my daughter was the lowest part of my life… but I always turn to my music and when I pick up the guitar it is the best therapy I know…I have found no equal. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am most proud of the work we do for the Melissa Carroll foundation…raising funds for cancer survivors with the many events like Golf Tournaments and music events…these events have become more of a challenge especially during these Covid times so we have to think outside the box with our fundraising to present a fun and safe environment The music events have become more of a challenge especially here in the valley over the past two years with most of my gigs canceled due to the pandemic. 

What sets me apart and what I’m known for is my passion for the things that I firmly believe in that have been proven over time to be the right thing to do for your community and humanity. 

As an artist you don’t get to do it from 9 to 5…music is always part of you and I am so blessed to be able to perform it as it is part of my soul. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I have always sought out people that have lived their own experience and have been successful in whatever profession you want to excel in… There is no substitute for experience!

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