Paul David Tople

Died: Fri., May 11, 2018


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., May 16, 2018
Location: Fairlawn

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., May 17, 2018
Location: St. Hilary Catholic Church

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“Be Prepared”

Paul  , 70 years old, went to be with his Lord and Savior after his battle with cancer May 11, 2018 surrounded by his family.  

Paul was born in Barberton and was a life-long resident of the Akron area.  He graduated from Norton High School and Kent State University with a degree in Photo Journalism.  

When Paul’s parents gave him a photograph processing kit for Christmas when he was 14 years old, he thought that was the “dumbest gift” ever.  His mother and father weren’t photographers, and he had never taken a picture in his life.  He had no idea at the time that the kit would serve as a symbol of his destiny.  

After working his way through college by photographing weddings and working part-time at the Barberton Herald, Paul graduated from Kent State University in 1970.  While at Kent State, he worked for the School of Journalism, Mass Communication’s Chestnut Burr magazine and yearbook, as well as the Daily Kent Stater.  

After graduation, be began a notable career as a photographer at the Akron Beacon Journal.  During his 42 years at the newspaper, he was a member of distinguished news teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes.  During his career he photographed the May 4th Kent State Shooting, was awarded the William Taylor Distinguished Alumni Award, the Kent State Man of the Year and Friends of JMC Photographer Award.  

Paul was awarded the Eagle Scout in 1965.  He continued scouting throughout his entire life and was awarded the Silver Beaver award.  

Paul was preceded in death by his first wife Teresa and his grandson Michael.  He is survived by his beloved wife Sally; his two sons, Edward (Jennifer) and Michael (Jamie); his sisters, Susan (Steve) Flener, Pat (Ron) Greenbank; his brothers, John (Julie), Tom (Patty) Tople, his sister-in-law, Connie Kyttler and grandchildren.

Calling Hours will be 2:00pm - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home. (39 S. Miller Rd. Fairlawn, OH 44333)  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday May 17, 2018 at St. Hilary Catholic Church.  (2750 W. Market Street Fairlawn, OH 44333)
Private Inurnment Greenlawn Cemetery

In Lieu of other remembrances donations can be made to Sharon Township Last Alarm Foundation or your favorite charity.  (C/O 39 S. Miller Road Fairlawn, OH 443333)

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Chelcee Honabarger
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018

INDOOR GARDEN BASKET was sent by Akron Children's Transport Team.

"When you speak of him, speak not with tears, for thoughts of him should not be sad. Let the memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for his life was rich because of you." Sending lots of love and prayers your way. -Akron Children's Transport Team

Angela Zalamea
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
I am saddened to hear of your father's passing. He sounded like such a wonderful man. Hugs and prayers to you and all your family. My heart goes out to you all. Angie Zalamea

Carolyn Hartman
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Michael, Q .

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you! Michael, Q & Zack

Jane Greenbank Hodges
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
Paul & I were H.S. classmates and we were in touch occasionally over the years. His sister, Pat, married my brother, Ron. I loved seeing him at our 50yr reunion in 2016, meeting Sally, & catching up on our lives. Thankful for his faith in our Lord and hope to meet him in heaven again someday. Very happy for him, but grieving with all the family. My sincere sympathy to all of you. May the Lord God comfort your hearts with many wonderful memories.

David & Merilyn Wilding
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
So sorry to hear about Paul. You have our sympathies.

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