Paul Feuerzeig, whose life served as an inspiration to his family, friends and clients, died Dec. 31, 2022, in Atlanta, GA., of metastatic lung cancer. He was 53.
Paul was born Aug. 14, 1969, in Washington, D.C., but moved to St. Thomas at age 2 and grew up as an island boy.
He graduated from the V.I. Montessori School, and after a colorful adolescence — marked by attendance at Antilles School, Sts. Peter and Paul, and Charlotte Amalie High School — he ultimately got his GED.
He had a successful stint in the U.S. Navy from 1995-97, before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State University in 2002. Soon after he launched Rolling Bones BBQ in Atlanta with lifelong friend Dana Armour of St. Thomas.
Paul’s life was transformed by two life-changing events — first, he stopped drinking, thanks to The Meadows in Wickenberg, AZ, and second, Bill Collins of Texas Pit BBQ in St. Thomas refused to hire him, urging him instead to follow his dreams.
He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in professional counseling in 2010 from Georgia State University, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He worked for five years at the MARR Addiction Treatment Centers in Atlanta before starting his own private practice in 2015, specializing in addiction and trauma therapy. It was in this capacity that Paul blossomed and became a renowned therapist, treating and helping to save the lives of many of his clients.
Along the way, he met and romanced Raquel James of Atlanta and Trinidad. They got married in 2010 in St. Thomas, and had two children, Micah and Kai. This was the happiest, most satisfying time of his too-short life.
Survivors include his wife and children; his parents, Penny and Hank Feuerzeig of St. Thomas; a sister, Darcy Coty of Atlanta; brother-in-law, Aaron Coty of Atlanta; mother-in-law, Heather James of Trinidad; sister-and brother-in-law, Dr. Shari-Ann James and Jason Baldeau of Orlando, FL; nieces, Addison Coty of Atlanta, and Maya and Zara Baldeau of Orlando.
A memorial service in St. Thomas will be held June 10. More information will be available at that point.
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