Frank Joseph Appel, the much loved husband to Mavis, cherished son of Mother, Dyanne and father Francis (predeceased in 2014) and “best brother ever” to Deb, passed away in hospital on April 25, 2019.
A decade of failing health did nothing to diminish his love of life. Through sheer force of will, he managed to find a bit of joy in every day; and we loved him for it. Frank lived a full life in less years than most of us are given. He earned many achievements both personal and professional. He was active in his community and church. He never shied away from a rousing political discussion and his debating skills were well known among his friends and colleagues. Frank was a wonderful person and loyal friend. We will miss and love him all the days of our lives.
Although Frank was very involved in many aspects of the community, the one he was most passionate about was the Signature Support Service Society. He began volunteering with them in 2007 as a public board member. He contributed through the years as Director at Large, then as Secretary Treasurer until 2011 at which time he was voted in as the Vice Board Chair, a position he held until 2018. Although Frank’s health continued to deteriorate, Darrin, Ryan and Chris would often visit Frank in the hospital to discuss ongoing projects of the Society. He was always eager to find out how things were progressing.
There will be no funeral by request.
If you would like to honor Frank, please consider donating to:
Signature Support Service 8702 113 Street, Grande Prairie AB T8V 6K5 (by cheque)
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at the QE11 ER, Dr. Roder and Dr. Keegan. An extra special thank you to Normie Nichol, Shawna Goulding, Kim Bryson, Sylvia Advent, Tina Chambers, Fr. Remi and Marianne Hartman who all helped ease Frank’s final journey.