Joe Appiah-Kusi
1942 - 2018
Harvey Family Funeral Home
508 N. 36th St
Seattle, WA
In Loving Memory of Joe Appiah-Kusi who passed away on August 3, 2018.
Published by The Seattle Times on Aug. 3, 2019.
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Celebration of Life
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)
2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA
Funeral services provided by:
Harvey Family Funeral Home
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It´s been three years since the passing of Dr. Joe and his voice on the phone from calling to see how my family and I are is still in my mind. I first met Dr. Joe in 1968 when he stayed with our family in Meadville, Pa. I was just seven years old and he left a big impression on me which I remembered throughout my life. Friendships were very important to him. Im thankful to Dr. Joe for his kind friendship.
Jennie Oleen
August 19, 2021
Thank you Dr. Joe! It was a pleasure meeting you on the street in Wallingford and ending up having tea in your house! It was a pleasure visiting and hearing from you and sharing in your spirit. You will be remembered.
Stewart Matthiesen
November 26, 2018
Veronika Hladikova
November 4, 2018
I'm so sorry and very sad to hear of Joe's passing. I met and knew Joe during my time living in Seattle in the late 1990s. He invited me many times to his house for tea and/or a fine meal and always compelling conversation. He was a truly unique, classy and kind-hearted gentleman. While I hadn't seen or been in touch with him for some time now, I don't know if I will ever meet a more friendly or gentle person than Joe. Rest in peace, my friend.
Tom Pilla
October 30, 2018
My family and I were happy to know Dr. Joe. We met in the book aisle at Costco when our kids were in grade school. (They're now 32 and 35). Throughout the years, we became friends. He was amazing about staying in touch with people who mattered to him. Dr. Joe and I spoke late this summer and we vowed to get together. I'm sorry it never came to pass. He touched so many lives and will be missed.
Terri Nakamura
October 27, 2018
Veronika Hladikova
October 21, 2018
Dr. Doe we didn't meet after having family gathering when you came to Ghana,kumasi golden tulip hotel,you gave us future of hope and a promise but Hhhmmm death have made us speechless but also there's one thing we Really proud of that you are a living saint in August and we the KUSI Appiah family will remember you in our lives and our children children will recognized you that they had a saint of August who was a legend.
Appiah kubi,Mary Kusi,Nhyira KUSI Appiah,Alvin Kusi
October 7, 2018
We met Dr.Joe at Costco while we were browsing through the books.
It was clear to us that he was a very special person, and we looked forward to talking with him any time our paths crossed. The last time we spoke, he said we should come to tea, and his invitation stays with us as a reminder of his warmth, gentlemanliness and graciousness. We would love to have had more time to enjoy your company, Dr. Joe. Thank you for bringing so much light into the world. May you rest in peace.
Meg, Jake anad Annie.
October 5, 2018
Dr. Joe was neighbor to my son and his wife Laura. They were so excited to have him as a neighbor because he was so interesting to talk to. When we came to visit Jeff and his family my husband and I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Joe. He invited us for coffee and pie. He was a delightful host. He will be missed by many.
Gayle Gustafson
October 1, 2018
We lived next door to Dr. Joe for 11 years in Wallingford. I will always remember his kind offers of tea, how happy he was to see the children as they grew (and overfill their Halloween buckets), and his amazing stories of work he'd done and people he'd met. I am thankful for how much he shared of himself, how I always felt like there was a neighborhood elder looking out for us. How I wish I could stop and chat under the trees one more time. Thank you, dear sweet Dr. Joe.
Laura Feola
September 30, 2018
I met Joe in 2005 when he briefed students and adults about Ghana and its culture before we left to work with Ghanaian students and teachers on installing computers in schools. From that point on, he always called me on my birthday and I so enjoyed our conversations.

I will always think of his energy and goodness to celebrate his parting to the Great Beyond.
Karin Engstrom
September 12, 2018
Karin Engstrom
September 12, 2018
I will still anticipate you singing happy birthday to me each and every birthday
Dr Joe and I met when campaigning for Govenor Gary Locke.
Priscilla Thurber
September 11, 2018
My first meeting with Joe was to interview him for a now defunct publication on seniors. His was/is a rich story of boundless curiosity and deep caring. I always enjoyed his intelligence and stories of Ghana. I know he will be missed by many. So happy he passed peacefully. Susan McCabe
Susan McCabeF
September 10, 2018
Had many a meal with Joe...what a caring friend he was....

Elizabeth Loftus
September 10, 2018
First met Joe at an international medical student meeting in Finland in 1967 while in medical school. Have stayed in touch ever since. We loved talking to him each year during his Happy Birthday calls as well as visits at his Seattle home for a lovely meal and conversation. We will miss him and his shared love of life, Ghana and long-term friendships. Drs. Marilyn & Paul Duncan
Marilyn Duncan
September 8, 2018
First met Joe at an international medical student meeting in Finland in 1968. We have stayed in touch ever since. Always amazing to talk to him on his Happy Birthday calls & to meet up for a meal at his Seattle home over the years. Will miss him! Marilyn & Paul Duncan, Los Ranchos, NM
September 8, 2018
Dr. Joe and I met while employees at the UW in the 1970s. We had many discussions about the world and our cultures. I heard from him each year on my birthday and will never forget his kindness.

Louise Chiprut
September 8, 2018
I worked with Dr. Joe on projects to bring computers to schools in Ghana through Global Technology Academy at Garfield High School in Seattle. He was such an inspiration for my students to see an adult with such passion for doing good in this world. The times I spent with him in Ghana will always remain cherished memories.
Kjell Rye
September 7, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Joe. I met him in 2006 when I opened a shop in Wallingford and he stopped by before it was even open to find out what was happening. That was the beginning of many visits, talks, and tea. My condolences to his family and all of his friends.
Kathy Riley
September 7, 2018
Rest in peace, Joe, after a life of spreading positivity and joy.
Jane Bow
September 6, 2018
Uncle, may your life be to the future generation, a source of inspiration and contentment.

May the Lord bless and keep you till we meet again.
September 4, 2018
Dr. Joe and I were seated next to one another in a U of W class and that chance occurrence led to a friendship of nearly 45 years. Joe's gift for sustaining connections with people for decades was unique and a fine example to all.
Lynn Whipple
September 4, 2018
Met Dr Joe at Costco...always had a big smile on his face and such kind words for everyone that passed though his life. Seeing Dr Joe at the door at Costco I'd try to be the last in line so I could talk a few minutes with him. I was so lucky to know Dr Joe. Rest in Peace my friend Rest in Peace....
Deborah Bartos
September 3, 2018
So sad to hear of Dr. Joe's death. My friend of over 40 years. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Debbie Falk
September 3, 2018
My heart aches, as I know with so many others, with the passing of dear, sweet Dr. Joe. He was a compassionate, kind person with enormous love and caring for all. I couldn't even begin to express the gratitude and love I have for the caring and concern he gave to me. During a visit with him, I saw the wonderful interaction he had with everyone, children and old alike. Through conversations, I saw how proud he was of his family and love he had for them and for all of his extended family. I will miss Dr. Joe greatly and all his sweet calls and emails, just to see how I'm doing and to send his love and encouragement. A truly dear friend I have lost but he will always remain in my heart, and his example of friendship will always resonate within. I love you Dr. Joe. ❤Jennie Oleen
Jennie Oleen
September 2, 2018
Sad to hear of Dr. Joe's death. He was a kind and generous man.
Judith Wood
September 2, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a dear loved one is a grief I wish upon no one. May family and friends during this time of mourning find comfort with one another. Proverbs 17:17 - A true friend shows love at all times. And is a brother who is born for times of distress.
Olivia E.
September 1, 2018
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