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James “Jim” Appel

  • On July 25, 2019
  • 15 Comments

James “Jim” Appel, age 60, of Bethel Park passed away suddenly on July 23, 2019.

Devoted son of the late Robert and Eileen Appel.  Beloved brother of Kathy Allison, Bobbie (Jim) Boyd and Jeanne Appel. Dear uncle of Megan Boyd (fiancé Dan), Emily (Josh) Rorick, and Brian Boyd (fiancée Liz).

Jim was a graduate of Bethel Park High School and Penn State University.  He was a longtime active member of St. Thomas More Church where he was an usher.  Jim will be remembered for his great faith, volunteerism, kindness and helpfulness to his family, many friends, and neighbors.  He was an organ donor and will live on through the many lives he saved.

A gathering will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9 am until the time of Mass at 10 am at St. Thomas More Church, 126 Fort Couch Rd., Bethel Park, PA.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Park Meals on Wheels, 2999 Bethel Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA 15102.  Jim was a driver for Meals on Wheels.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at PittsburghCremation.com.

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15 Comments

Mark Martin
  • Jul 26 2019
My deepest sympathies for the loss of Jim. He always showed the way in everything he did. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
Jack
  • Jul 26 2019
James was easily recognized throughout the neighborhood for his evening walks. Always a “hello”; always a kind word, always both for our dog Sara. May God Bless his eternal soul.
Ken Rosenzweig
  • Jul 27 2019
I sat across from Jim at Fedex for over a decade until he retired a few years back. We talked at length about work, sports, history, politics, and many other topics. I don't think Jim ever had an unkind word to say about anyone, although he did have a healthy cynicism about all politicians. He had a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at himself. He deserved a lot more happy years away from the daily grind of work, and the people around him deserved a lot more time with him. Rest in peace Jimmy.
Dave Knesovich
  • Jul 27 2019
A quiet man, always ready to help. May his soul find happiness for eternity.
Wendy Spratt
  • Jul 27 2019
All of Jim's former FedEx co-workers will miss him greatly. He truly cared for us and even though he has been retired for several years was sure to do little things for each of us, knowing what we like, and was eager to join us for group or individual lunches. I'm glad he was able to spend the past few years doing what he enjoyed and I'm very glad that I can say we were friends. My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.
Dorothy Vandruff
  • Jul 28 2019
Jim was one of the drivers for the Bethel-St. Clair Meals on Wheels. Dedicated and always ready to "sub". He will be missed dearly. Almost every week, he would bring in condiment packets that the clients didn't want or use. Can't throw them away! "They're still good." he would tell me. May our prayers comfort his family and friends at this difficult time.
Ray Miller
  • Jul 28 2019
I had the good fortune to work with Jim at both Consol Inc. and FedEx. He was always the one remembering birthdays, getting coworkers and friends together for lunches or dinners, keeping everybody in touch. Jim used to encourage us less conscientious coworkers to go on walks at lunchtime. One time while walking around Gilfillan Trail near Consol Plaza, Jim took a notion to swing on a woody vine hanging from a tree. This was back in the shirt and tie days. While jumping off the vine, Jim ripped the seam out of his pants. When our friend Jeff and I finished laughing, I went into the building and retrieved my spring jacket for Jim to tie around his waist. Jim good naturedly endured the retelling of the story many times. Jim was a kind and thoughtful person, and above all a good friend. I'll miss him dearly. Jim had a strong faith and we'll take solace knowing he is with the Lord and with his Mom and Dad. See you on the other side Jim.
Lisa Warnick
  • Jul 28 2019
I was lucky enough to go to PSU McKeesport with Jim and he was one of the sweetest, kindest men I have ever known. I simply cannot believe he is gone. I am so very sorry. To his family and many, many friends - please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I feel lucky to have been part of his life, even if it was for a short time. He was one of a kind, and he will be greatly missed.
Diane (Balzarini) Radack
  • Jul 29 2019
I was so sorry to hear this sad news. Jim and I graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1977. When my mother died in 1991, I was pleasantly surprised when Jim came to the funeral home to pay his respects. It reminded me again, what a kind, gentle, and thoughtful person he was. My deepest sympathies to Jim's family and friends. May your heart find peace and comfort.
Carol (Klein) Bishop
  • Jul 29 2019
Jim was a dear friend in high school and I so much enjoyed reconnecting with him at our 40th reunion in 2016. He will be greatly missed.
Karl Evans
  • Jul 30 2019
Way too soon. I have fond memories of working with Jim 30 years ago at Consol. He was always so kind, especially under pressure. God bless him
Don
  • Jul 31 2019
My condolences. I was friend of Jims from FedEx. He was a wonderful guy who was always happy and had a good sense of humor.
Kim
  • Aug 7 2019
Jim was a good friend of mine through the years at Fedex as well as Consol Inc going back to 1988. We shared similar interests and even though I have been telecommuting for Fedex the last 20+ years, Jim would often call and keep me informed on the latest happenings with various people that touched our lives along the way. I shared many laughs with Jim, many conversations and he will stay close in my daily prayers. God bless you my friend!
Alma Cristofano
  • Aug 15 2019
Jim was an acquaintance of mine from St. Thomas More Church. I sat in the pew in front of Jim for many years. He always had a very friendly greeting for all of us who sat in the same section every Sunday for the 8 am Mass. It is not the same since Jim's passing. We all miss him dearly. Our dear Lord now has another angel as we all thought Jim was. Rest in peace my friend, till we meet again. Alma Cristofano.
Carol Koepke
  • Sep 5 2019
Rest In Peace Jim. We were neighbors as kids. Prayers to your family. Thanks for wonderful memories. Aloha...
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