Warren Curtis Appel

Warren Curtis Appel

Oct 19th 1944 — Jan 10th 2023 (78 years)

Biography

It is with great sadness that we announce Curt’s passing. Curt passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly, and we are left in a state of shock and grief. Curt is survived by his loving partner, Susan Thompson, his beloved daughter, Gwen Appel of British Columbia, and cousins Susan and Sandra of Arizona, and Richard Appel of Wyoming. He will also be deeply missed by his extended family in Canada: in-laws Jean (Hideki), Lucy, Thomas, Brian, Wayne (Racil), Emily (Wayne), Garry (Donna), Caroline (Roy), six nieces and nephews, and ten great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be no funeral service. Final visitation has been held with family and cremation has taken place. Please remember Curt as a person with a cheerful, inquisitive, and intelligent scientific mind. He enjoyed practising aikido, playing golf, teaching pharmacovigilance, solving crossword puzzles, discussing world events, cooking delicious meals, working in his garden, and making corny puns. On his way out the door, he would put on his beret and be off with a jaunty, “Cheers!” We will miss and love him forever. Curt believed in supporting charities doing good works and was a regular donor to the Ottawa Food Bank (https://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/). We know he would also be very appreciative of donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (https://alzheimer.ca/en) in honour of his father who suffered with this terrible disease, or to a charity of your choice.

Notes of Condolences about Warren Curtis

Kim and Steve Brorby

14 days ago

We extend our love to Susan and mourn Curt’s passing.

I met Curt back at the University of Wyoming when we were going to school there. Curt and I became good friends and we ended up spending a summer in Europe together hitch hiking and riding cheap trains. In Europe he was great fun and set for any adventure and as matter of fact he was the same at the University of Wyoming. We ran out of money in Germany, luckily, we had round trip tickets and when we arrived in New York City we had $10 left after getting to the railroad station for our trip back to Wyoming. We met a couple on the train and told them stories of Europe and they bought us drinks and food. We had an enjoyable time with Susan and Curt at their home in Arizona and also in New Hampshire at Joe and Maryellen Kirkpatrick’s home. Joe was Curt’s roommate at the University of Wyoming. We will miss Curt but have fond memories of the times we spent together. We appreciated his concern for others kept up with friends and was always so comfortable to spend time with.

Susan. May your loving memories of Curt and the precious time you spent together give you strength now and always.

Love, Kim and Steve Brorby


Jim and Myra Thorkelson

14 days ago

Fun loving, joking and cooking are our memories of Curt! I especially remember him wearing his apron and mixing up pancakes in his home, full of books. Visits to Ottawa will not be the same for us without him.

Ken Michalko

15 days ago

There are few people that kindly introduce you to sides of life that resonate with you but had yet to be explored. Enter Curt! He just shared what he knew with a warm affect and great one-liners. And so cooking landed on my horizon. It was quickly realized that I needed Uncle Curty’s Cookbook. A good idea and a great start. I continue cooking to this day. And, thankfully, am cooking better now. And with food comes wine. And yes, Thank you Curt! And he was always a good read on food, wine and restos - in his regular Column on Restaurant Reviews! Somehow the Aikido did not rub off on me - but the Review of Drug Submissions sure did. Curt was my Acting Chief when I joined and thoughtfully “built the bus” for me. And then there came pharmacovigilance! At times a system-wide view of Pharma and, at others, a cause for wine. In all my post-Health Canada years, I never received a (Negative) Citation from a PV Inspection - Thank you Curt! But, the list continues: unionization, a loan of his house, current events, and jazz - to name just a few more.

I like to think that I added in return with the exception of automotive engineering; Curt steadfastly enjoyed cars only as a mode of transport.

Wisely, of course.

I believe that the good that one does comes back to you in time. And I wish all of his sincere good acts and intentions to grace him now.

Alain Rohan

15 days ago

Like Susan and all others who knew him, Curt will be deeply, deeply missed. And like Susan, it will take me some time to process this devastating news. There are some people (fairly few, I might add) whose impact on me changed my life. Curt was definitely on that list. If we hadn't met in Barcelona (if I recall correctly...Susan was there too), I wouldn't have come to Ottawa to work for a year at Health Canada, and then subsequently emigrate from Australia to the United States. But this note is about him, his deep intellect, his fantastic sense of humour, his human empathy, his commitment to science (and pharmacovigilance in particular). My dear friend Curt, may you rest in peace. Alain

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