George Karl Appel

Appel, George Karl
Jun. 30, 1938 - Dec. 28, 2013
George passed away suddenly after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. He is now at rest. George was born in NYC to German immigrant parents, Elsie and Adolf, who taught George how to love and respect others, work hard, and enjoy life. George was proud to serve in the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Gordon in Augusta during the Cuban Conflict. He came away with confidence to succeed in life, as well as making life long friends to this day. His first career was a successful one, owning four hair salons over the course of 20 years. In the early 70's he met his life partner Carl, who joyfully stood by George for 42 years, and held his hand to the end. In 1978 they moved from NY to LA where George got the real estate bug. In 1982, they moved to Sarasota, took a gas station and turned it into the Bijou Cafe. Sold it, got a real estate license, and loved every minute of his new career. He worked up until his death, because he liked what he did, not because he had to. He and Carl bought and sold over eighty of their own houses, 11 on Bird Key alone. George loved being with, and talking to his friends. You reading this, know who you are. He was loved and respected by many, and probably misunderstood by some. George was a member of the University Club for several years, and a proud recent member of Laurel Oak C.C., where he met some really wonderful people. George, you will be missed by many, for a long time to come. There will be a Celebration of Life in early February. In lieu of flowers, love thy neighbor, rescue a creature, try to make a better world.

Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014