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Paul C. Apap
Paul C. Apap

September 20, 1965 - December 6, 2019
Born in Southfield, Michigan
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Paul C. Apap, December 6, 2019, age 54.

Paul was raised by his wonderful parents in a house full of love located in Southfield, Michigan. The Apaps were parishioners at St. Bede Parish. Paul and his four siblings attended St. Bede’s elementary school. He went on to Brother Rice High School where he had the privilege of playing on the hockey team with his brother, John. He graduated from Brother Rice in 1983 and joined his siblings at Michigan State University (all five of the Apap children are MSU alum). After completing his undergraduate degree in Accounting at MSU, Paul attended University of Detroit Law School and received his law degree. Finally, he completed his education at Georgetown University, where he got his Masters in Tax Law. He enjoyed practicing law until the final days of his life. Paul loved his job and always wanted to help people, but his true passion was for the game of hockey. He loved playing, watching, discussing and especially coaching hockey. He built an ice rink in his backyard every year and taught his children to skate on it. Many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends enjoyed hours skating on that rink.

In 2009, he began to notice weakness in his arms and that eventually led to a diagnosis of ALS. He battled the disease for ten years with an unbelievable amount of grace and courage and he never let his illness define him. Paul was loved and cherished by his whole family and was a true friend to so many people. He was a wonderful attorney, friend, brother, son, uncle, and coach. His greatest role, however, and the one he was most proud of, was being a father to Tommy, Teddy and Ellie and a husband to Maureen. He touched the lives of each and every person he met and brought so much joy to the world.

Beloved husband of Maureen C. for 25 years. Loving father of Tommy, Teddy, and Ellie. Dear son of Clara and the late Harry Apap. Brother of Rose Marie Fricke (Bill), Mary Anne Napolitano (Mark), John Apap (Bridget), and Becky Grace (Terry).

Family will receive friends Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 2-8pm with a 7:45pm Rosary at A.J. Desmond & Sons, 2600 Crooks Rd. (btwn Maple and Big Beaver), (248) 362-2500.

Funeral Mass Thursday, December 12, 2019, 10am at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon St., Birmingham. Visitation at church begins at 9:30am.

Rite of Committal at Greenwood Cemetery, Birmingham.

Memorial tributes to ALS Therapy Development Institute, 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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Visitation
A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home
2600 Crooks Road (btw Maple & Big Beaver)
Troy, MI US 48084
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Funeral Mass
Holy Name Catholic Church
630 Harmon Street at Woodland
Birmingham, MI US 48009
Thursday, December 12, 2019
10:00 AM
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Burial
Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood & Oak
Birmingham, MI US 48009
Thursday, December 12, 2019

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ALS Therapy Developement Institute
300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is the world's foremost drug discovery lab focused solely on ALS. As a nonprofit biotech we operate without regard to profit or politics.