Palavila Chacko Philip

Apr 23, 1938 - May 10, 2022

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, California, 95819

Obituary

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  – 1 Peter 1:3-4

Upon completing his work, Palavila Chacko Philip, fondly addressed as “Appa” by his family, was called home to live forever with Jesus on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, after 84 years. Through God’s abounding grace and great mercy, Appa is counted among the Elect, and heard the words “Well done, good and faithful servant.” He was a beloved husband and father, and he served faithfully as a teacher and elder member in the Mar Thoma Church in Mumbai, Chicago, and Sacramento. To many, he was known as Philip Sir, Philip Uncle, Philipochen, or Babychen. He eagerly shared the good news of God’s salvation. He looked for every opportunity to actively seek out and bring together members of the Malayalee community for prayer and fellowship.

Educated as a physicist, he began his career as a teacher. He then transitioned into healthcare, where he remained for over 40 years, starting in the Indian state of Kerala and then at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai. After immigrating to the United States, he continued his career in medical physics in cancer care in the Greater Chicago area for 26 years before retiring in 2003. He opened the door for many young physicists both through his professional network, his skillfulness as a gifted mentor, and his encouragement. His work legacy lives on in the successful careers of his students and colleagues.

“God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good!” Appa often enthusiastically shared this invocation along with a captivating smile at the start of a sermon or prayer. He had many spiritual gifts, including wisdom, teaching, knowledge, faith, mercy, exhortation, leadership, giving and service. He spent hours in the morning reading his Bible and in prayer, uplifting every one of his children and grandchildren and countless others. He often maintained a list of specific prayer requests for those suffering from physical or other ailments and those who sought him out for counsel, and he faithfully prayed for each one. He raised a family whose love for the Lord is evident through the third generation, and is his legacy.

His wife Annamma, his daughter Sindhu, his son Sajeev with his wife Bindu, his son Santosh with his wife Jolly, his six grandchildren Aaron, Shalomi, Rebecca, Charissa, Mikaiya, and Jayden, his two brothers P.C. Varghese and P.C. John, and his two sisters Aleyamma Thomas and Annamma Mathew, and many other members of the extended family, all eagerly look forward to the day when they will be reunited with him in the presence of our Savior.

Guestbook

  • Thadathil Abraham says:

    Dear friend, brother in Christ and mentor.
    We will miss you dearly.
    Until we meet again on that beautiful Shore, rest in peace.

  • Saji Philip says:

    Will miss you tons, dad.

  • Jatin and Jyoti Pandya says:

    Dear PC Philip
    Jyoti and I will miss your smile and cool presence during our more than 25 years of professional and personal affiliation in Chicago
    May god bless and Rest In Peace
    Jatin and Jyoti Pandya

  • Jacob Ninan says:

    Had all great memories with P C Philip and his family growing up with Santhosh and Sajeev. Philipsar encouraged everyone’s spiritual life with gentle leadership and a wonderful smile.

  • Ponnachen & Annie Thekanal says:

    We will miss you Babychayen. May God Rest your Soul In Peace.

  • Juliet and Prince says:

    May his soul Rest In Peace. Have fond memories of his visits to San Diego. Our condolences and prayers to all the family members

  • John and Mariamma Kurien says:

    We will miss you Philip sir. May God rest your Soul in Peace. We will meet you one day in Eternity.

  • Saleena Kuruvilla says:

    Our condolences and prayers for the family and friends. Will always cherish the first time he approached me in the city of Chicago while I was walking to college and he was working there. Very honored to have known him, to see that smile through out my adult years was a great privilege. He encouraged my family and pointed Christ to us at our lowest point in life. Meet you at the other shore. Yes indeed God is good all the time.
    Saleena Kuruvilla

  • Jose Abraham says:

    We are very saddened by the news of Dear P C Philip Uncle’s departure, but rejoice that he lived a full life, smiling always like Jesus, His Master n our Lord, spreading the fragrance of Jesus’ love and salvation in Anushakthinagar, BARC, Chembur MT Church, ACF, VBS , Sunday School and whereever he lived and worked. We were always amazed by his touch of love, concern n friendship, mentoring. We remember the days of fellowship in his house at Anushakthinagar n in Chembur. We would really miss him, but the Lord pleased to call HOME and His name be glorified.

  • Monish John says:

    Dear Philip uncle,
    Though we have not met personally during our earthly sojourn, I’m fortunate to know the work you have done Uncle for the extension of God’s kingdom in Chicago land. I praise God for using you as your vessel.

  • Chacko Itticheria says:

    Goodbye dear Philip sir. We will dearly miss you until we meet again on that beautiful shore. Memories will never die!.RIP

  • Joyce Thomas says:

    Condolences to aunty, Santhosh, Sanjeev, and Sindhu. My memories of uncle are so vivid in my mind. He was my Sunday school teacher, he was an integral part of the prayer meetings every Saturday evening. Always present at church with a smile greeting us in church. He was a leader and a godly man. We will miss him. Praying for peace during this difficult time.

  • Roy & Suma George says:

    When we arrived in Chicago 24 years ago, Philip uncle sincerely helped us in so many ways to settle down. He was a fatherly figure for us providing the right advice and guidance and invited us several times to his home during Christmas and thanksgiving celebrations with his family. He was a great man of God and we are so blessed, privileged and honored to have known uncle and aunty. Also, we and our children enjoyed a good friendship with Santosh, Jolly, Sajeev, Bindu and their children. We were saddened when they moved away from Chicago to Sacramento, but we were fortunate to visit him and spend some time with him in Sacramento a few years ago. Philip uncle and his family will always have a special place in our hearts. May God Almighty grant the family divine peace and comfort during this painful time.
    With lots of love and prayers,
    Roy, Suma, Vimal & Emily – from Chicago

  • Mrs Mary Oommen says:

    Mrs Mary Oommen recollections of Late Mr P C Philip

    🙏 Where do I begin…I’ve known PC Philip pretty much my entire life. Growing up, my parents referred to him as ‘PC Philip’, and I somehow ended up referring to him as such. As a respected and highly qualified member of our Dadar church, I immensely appreciated and looked forward to his sermons and messages on various occasions. There was an intense and deep sincerity in everything that he said and did. His Biblical knowledge was vast and through practical experiences and examples he was clearly able to impart the real meaning of living a life pleasing to our living God and Saviour Jesus Christ. He was my Sunday school teacher for a short time and needless to say us students had some serious learning to do! After we came to the US, we were able to meet PC Philip and Kunjumol at our Los Angeles MTC some years ago, then at their son’s place in San Diego, & and at other occasions as well. He had not changed in any way! He’s now ìn heaven with all the saints who have gone ahead of him. He will be greatly missed!!
    Praying for strength and peace to Kunjumol and all near and dear ones at this difficult time. ✝️

  • Abraham & Annamma Koshy says:

    Our deep condolences to dear Kunjumol,Santhosh,Sanjeev,Sindhu and the whole family members on the loss of dear Philipsir.But our hope is to meet him on that Beautiful Shore.Also we pray the Good Lord will comfort you all.Joy/Omana.

  • Philip & Sharon Alex says:

    Our deepest condolences for your great loss. Philip Uncle loved God with a passion and this was evident by how he conducted life. Our late father, John Mathew, and uncle Philip were close friends and they spent a lot of time together in prayer. This part of their relationship was missing for a while due to earthly limitations, but now there are no more limitations for either of them! No more suffering or pain and their hope has been realized! How wonderful it is to know they are united again in heaven and worshiping Jesus together.

  • Oommen, Easow Sam says:

    P C Philip uncle has run his race successfully and he has been called to receive his reward from his Heavenly Father.
    A believer in God and in truth and spirit. He has made his life illustrious.
    My recollections goes to Mumbai Dadar Mar Thoma Parish. Uncle was one among the few who started the Yuvajan Sakhyan in Mumbai. He was also instrumental in starting the Western India Youth Conference and conducting the three day conference for Mar Thoma Youths every year.
    Professionally he was a Scientific Officer in Babha Atomic Research Center. He was a youth leader in his time. His spirit filled messages were soulful and to remember. Uncle and his family moved to Chicago in the 70s. A very active member of the Chicago Mar Thoma Parish. He visited various Parishes of the Mar Thoma Church and invited to give sermon at the Sunday Service.
    We pray for the comfort, peace from the Almighty to the members of the family

  • Sabu &Sally Chacko says:

    We have known P. C Philip sir since early 90s as a prominent figure and a spiritual leader at our Chicago Marthoma Church. He always had a smile on his face and was a mentor to many. May God reward him for all the good work he has done for the kingdom of God. May the almighty comfort and strengthen Kunjumol Ammamma, kids and their families. Heartfelt condolences and prayers !

  • George Varghese says:

    Appa was a great man of God who served the Lord. He and Amma were incredibly kind to us starting from the time we first visited them in Chicago to the many times we interacted with them in Chicago, San Diego, and Sacramento. We will miss him! Our sincere condolences to Amma and the family on the loss. We look forward to meeting him again when Jesus gathers us all together — Sunny, Aju, Tim and Andrew

  • Bino Priya Ian and Isaiah Varghese says:

    Dearest Philip uncle,
    You were always an inspiration in my spiritual journey. In all our interactions you helped guide me closer to the Lord and gaining a deeper and meaningful relationship. You were a true leader and you instilled that in everyone you met. Do you part and the Lord will do his you said. You will be very dearly missed and fondly cherished. May the Lord guide you home and may you fiind everlasting peace.

  • Virginia says:

    Dear Uncle Philip, You planted the seed for missions in my heart when I first met you. It was a joy and blessing to have spent time with you the last few months before the Lord called you home. I will miss you. Love and prayers to Auntie Anna and family.

  • Raju Cherian says:

    We are grieved to learn of the departure of Philip uncle from the earth to his heavenly abode. But rejoice in the fact that he was called to the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ whom he loved dearly and served eagerly all his life.
    I came to know him in the 70’s when I stayed in Anushakti Nagar and attended the fellowship in his home, for different meetings of ACF, Marthoma church – youth league And Sunday school, choir practice, & Taftee Bible study. His love and affection for all attracted all age groups. We kept the relationship even after his leaving for US.
    His eagerness to the Evangelisation of unreached people groups was evident as he supported many Missions in India. In the 80’s when I left my secular job to join the Asia Evangelistic Fellowship as full time worker, he was very happy. This is in part due to his mentoring. And he was a faithful supporter and prayer partner of AEF.
    By God’s grace we could keep in touch through his family members, as his younger son Sajeev is married to Dr. Bindu from Mumbai, who is our family friend.
    I want to close this with the hope that we will meet him on the other beautiful shore in the presence of our Lord.

    May the good Lord grant His peace and comfort to Aunty, children & all dear ones.

  • Thomas Mathew says:

    Philipsir was my neighbor when we were at Chicago Jefferson park area.I used to give ride to Santhosh and Saji to St.John’s School.Our deepest condolences and prayers for the Family.

    Thampy & Kunjumol

  • Sunu Mathew says:

    Our condolences & prayers for Aunty, Santhosh & family, Sanjeev & Family & Sindhu. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult times.

    Sunu, Reeni, Shreya, Aaron & Abel

  • Vijay & Joshy says:

    Rest In Peace. Our Sincere condolences to Sajeev & Bindus family

  • Sam Alexander (Jerry) says:

    He was a staple at the Chicago Marthoma Church. He reminded us during the early days of the church and throughout its growth the church in the importance of putting God first among everything else. Always had a smile, dedicated a lot for the spiritual nourishment of the Church. Someone I’ve always admired. My condolences to Aunty, Santhosh, Sajeev, Sindhu and all family members that are grieving.

  • John Chandy (Sugu) says:

    P C Philip Sir and auntie were dear to us. We always remember his captivating smiles and tender soft conversations. His passion for missions is always remembered. He always addressed me with my nickname Sugu. We will miss uncle.
    Our prayers are with auntie and the children. May God give you all the peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Elsey Paul says:

    Dear Babychayan and Amamma I have knuhown them from Bombay. Amamma is my senior and her sister Lilly is my classmate at Bombay.
    Babychayan is a very devoted, religious, compassionate, loving, caring man,husband father, grandfather, brother, friend and a social worker to Indian society specially to Marthoma society.
    Babychayan we dearly missed you but we will meet our Father’s home. My Heartfelt condolences to Amamma, children and all the family members. Achayan’s soul RIP. ❤🙏🙏

  • Jacob and Lilly George says:

    From Raju and Lilly
    Our heartfelt condolences to Kunjumol, Santhosh, Sajeev and Sindhu and all the family members. May God comfort you with heavenly peace from above. We remember Mr P C Philip as a member of Chicago Marthoma Church giving leadership in various roles. Remembering him as a man of God who was very much interested in the spiritual growth of the community he belonged to. He presented himself with a smile on his face all the time. His bible studies, messages in church and passing out print out of prayer requests for the sick and needy are all in our memories. He finished his run well in this world. He will be missed.

  • Manoj & Shena V. Mathew says:

    Our deepest condolences to Aunty, Santhosh, Sajeev and Sindhu. Uncle was a great man, a pillar in the community. He had a profound influence over all of us, and, thankfully, we can say we are better because GOD put him in our lives. May GOD’s LOVE and GRACE comfort you as you reconcile with this great earthly loss.

  • Loren and Ann Runsten says:

    Such a legacy of love for Jesus. So loved by family and friends. Rest in the arms of Jesus eternally.

  • Thomas and Mary Idichandy says:

    Dear Philipochan
    You have been a wonderful and successful tool for God in bringing many to a personal relationship with Him.
    I thank God for blessing our time together in the formation of the Chicago Mar Thoma congregation. May your soul rest in peace with Jesus Christ. Our prayers are with Kunjumol and the children.
    Thomachen and Marykutty

  • Daisy Lee says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to you Anna n your family. May the peace n love of God surround you n your family.

  • Gracy Mathew says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Kunjumolammamma and Children. Philip sir was a good Leader of our Area Prayer group. He was always encourage go to the area prayer. I still remember his smile on his face always. Rest in piece PhilipSir.

    Gracy and Babu

  • Reni & Saju Ninan says:

    We know PC Philip Uncle is home with our Heavenly Father, but we are still sad that he is no longer here. PC Philip Uncle was such an integral part of the Chicago Mtc when my brothers and I were growing up. I especially remember his involvement and guidance with Sunday school. He and his family made a lasting impact on our church and on our family. We will remember him with affection and admiration. Kunjumol Aunty, Santhosh, Sajeev, Sindhu and all the family, we are praying for you.
    Reni & Saju Ninan & Family
    Dr. VT John’s Family (Kunjumol, Viju & Aju)

  • Rajan and Kunjamma Phillips says:

    We will really miss you Babychayan. Your smiling face, loving sweet voice and cool presence. We know you are in God’s hands now. You ran your race successfully. We are sure you are going to receive your reward from the Heavenly Father. Our prayers are with Ammamma and Children.

  • Shiju samuel says:

    Heartfelt condolences. May departed soul Rest in Peace

  • Jimgy, Jolly & Children says:

    “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ” Yes, Philip uncle always taught these golden verse . His God given wisdom and spiritual intelligence enabled to touch many lives to transform and translate enlightenment and discernment in to concrete actions . You exemplified your spiritual journey through your relentless ministry and faithful prayers.
    May our good Lord give peace and comfort to Kunjumole Aunty and children.

  • John Kurian (Sony) says:

    PC Philip Uncle was a great blessing and encouragement to our family (Mr. John Kurikesu) since the late 80s. In some ways, he inspired us to start a weekly family prayer in our home for couple of decades. This meeting has now transitioned on-line and my parents looked forward to fellowshipping with PC Uncle and hearing him pray in recent years. I’m personally thankful for PC Uncle’s testimony and the legacy he has left behind through his children. Also thankful for the promise in 1 Cor 15:52 that the “…trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable…” and we will see him once again.

  • Alina (Koshy) Varghese says:

    Dear Aunty, Santhosh, Saji & Sindhu,
    When I think of Phillip Sir Uncle, I am drawn back to my childhood days of sitting in Friday prayer meetings. His different smiles I will never forget. The way he called all us girls “mol” was endearing. The questions he often left unanswered in his messages with the hope that the Spirit would be doing a work in the hearts of his hearers is a testament of how he believed that change was only possible through Christ. I did not understand at the time how someone could live with such assurance of the gospel and radiate genuine joy through such deep valleys, but Uncle was one of the first people in my life that lived that out by more than just words. I thank God for his tender heart and the way he fought and protected his family. I will always remember how he came and prayed for Shaji and I they day before our wedding. I am so sorry for your loss, and even as Uncle is now rejoicing and united with His Savior and there is much comfort in that, I also pray that the Lord would grant you, as a family and individually, safe places and people to rightly grieve the loss of such a beloved man. Sending my love from South Jersey.

  • Korathu & Dolly Thomas says:

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences for dear Kunjumol , Santhosh , Sanjeev and Sindhu and all family members . Philip Sir was the pillar of Chicago MarThoma church . We missed his presence when moved to California .
    May God grant the family with peace and comfort during this time of grief
    With Love
    Poddy , Dolly , Danny , Alex and Annie

  • My deepest sympathy to the family. PC was a faithful, humble leader. He loved God with his whole heart and loved others as himself. I am sure if God would put his story in the Bible, he would also be identified as a man after God’s own heart. I had the privilege to co-labor with PC at Creekside Christian Church. I am a more mature disciple of Jesus because of PC’s influence in my life.

  • We may have lost you, Philip Uncle physically but you live in His presence (2 Cor.5:8). Remembering a life well lived and well lead and all the joy it brought to so many. In memory of a truly amazing person and a spiritual leader.

  • Suresh Mathew says:

    Dear Aunty Philip & Family,
    My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you. May God’s strength, peace and comfort be upon all of you, by the power of the Holy Spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, in this time of grief.

  • Alummoottil John says:

    When I think of P.C.Philip (Philipochen) what comes to my mind is the picture of a man with a sweet and catchy smile. A very appropriate definition for him would be “a man with an unfading smile and an unfailing love for God and man”. This love that is divine, always prompted him into action which resulted in getting involved in various missions activities. He was a great supporter of different mission organizations in India and elsewhere.

    Their home was an open home for God’s people to come and enjoy food and fellowship. Kunjumole, his wife always stood with him and they together showed the others that hospitality is a Christian virtue. Helping people in need in whatever ways possible was another special quality of this couple.

    P.C.Philip loved his church and he was a prominent member of the Mar Thoma Church in Chicago holding different positions. He did whatever possible for its growth and development, more so in its missions activities.

    The Sacramento congregation was actually his dream and vision. God enabled him to fulfill that dream and work for its formation. How happy he must have been to partake in the Holy Communion in that very church, for his last birthday thanksgiving in April,

    Philip had a grateful heart. What is in one’s heart comes out as words. The word ‘sthothram’ (praise the Lord), was always on his tongue. Here I am reminded of what Psalm 34:1 says. “ I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”

    My good and intimate friend is no more. He is gone to be with the Lord whom he loved very dearly, for ever. Well known Bible scholar William Barclay wrote, “when I die I should like to slip out of the room without fuss, for what matters is not what I am leaving, but where I am going”. For a man who walks with the Lord, death is only one more step forward with him. P.C.Philip took that step on May 10, 2022.

    “Do Justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord.” Micah 6:8. This perhaps was the Motto of his life and the legacy he left behind.

    My wife Gracy John joins me in sharing these words and extending our heartfelt condolences, to Kunjumole (Annamma Philip) and her three children as well as their families.

  • Thankamma Mathew says:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family as you go through this time of grief. I will continue to uphold you and your family in my prayers.
    “To be absent in this earthly body is to be present with the Lord in a heavenly body.” 2 Corinthians 5:8

  • Salu and Jolly Thomas says:

    Condolences to Aunty, Santhosh and family.
    I recall Uncle’s smiling face as he reached out and welcomed us when we were new at Chicago Mar Thoma church. It was a privilege to know him.

    May God grant comfort and strength to the family.

  • Very Rev George Mathew Achen, Thiruvalla says:

    Dearly beloved Kunjumole Aunty, Santhosh, Saji, Sindhu and all the family members

    We as a family express our heartfelt condolences and sincere prayers to all of you on the sad demise of our most beloved P.C.Philip sir. I still remember my first meeting with him at the Chicago O’Hare Airport, where he came as the Vice President of Chicago Mar Thoma Church to welcome me and my family to the parish as the New Vicar. His radiant and sparkling smile and cheerful welcoming words and loving hug are imprinted forever in our hearts as ever green memories. He was a humble man of God, a powerful prayer warrior, strong evangelist and was also very loyal to our Mar Thoma Church. He was very helpful to all the Achens of our Church. He was a powerful instrument instrument in the building up of our Chicago Mar Thoma Church both spiritually and physically. He helped a lot people in their needs and difficulties. So we are praising God for the wonderful life and contributions of P.C.Philip sir. Now his soul is enjoying with the Lord in heaven. We are upholding all of you in our sincere prayers especially Kunjumol Aunty. May God give you all peace which passes all our understanding. .

    Very Rev George Mathew Achen,Mini Kochamma, Mebin, Ann and Meril

  • John and Lilly says:

    To our dear Kunjumol, Santosh, Sanjeev, Sindhu & your dear families:
    We are deeply saddened for you at your loss . God has taken dear Babychen home. We will never forget his kindness and yours as a family to us while in Chicago, where you put your words into action and gave us the fellowship we needed in our lonely journey. It was not only prayer & singing but also tangible acts at our times of deepest need and loneliness.
    Babychan lived a purposeful life, fulfilling the task the Master had given him. May God fill you with His comfort and peace at this time and always.
    With Much love and prayers,
    John, Lilly, Susan, Tobin family and Jason.

  • Audrey Mandato says:

    Dear Anna and family,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you during this painful time.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew5:4

  • Alex Samuel and Lilly Alex from Des Plaines says:

    Our deepest condolences to Kunjumol Ammamma, Santosh, Sajeev, Sindhu and families. We have so many fond memories of Babyachayan when he and family were in Chicago, and the many times that we came together during family gatherings. We will miss you dearly. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  • Kuruvilla P. Samuel says:

    My family became acquainted with Mr. P. C Philip since about 1982. He became a close friend to us since then. He demonstrated his Christian love, care, and concern to co believers and everyone around him with his life and actions. He practiced what he preached. My family , especially my children admired him as a real Christian leader, model and a strong bible believer. He was with us when we celebrated happy occasions and when we grieved the passing of our dear ones. Phipil Sir came from Sacramento to comfort us and be with us when our son Binil Mathew Samuel was called in to his eternal home on August, 06,2007. While my parents were staying with our older brother in Lufkin, Philip sir made a point to visit and spend some time with them. We remember and cherish all these kind deeds . We will really miss him and his smile. But we rejoice in Christian assurance that we will meet again Philip Sir and our dear ones who have put their trust in Him. Until then, dear Philip Sir Rest In Peace. Kunjumole, Santhosh, Sajee and Sinthu, may our dear LORD comfort and console each one of you. Raju, Susan, Bijoy, Biji

  • Kunjumon & Kunjumol says:

    Dear Kunjumol, Santhosh, Sajeev, Sindhu and the entire Philip family,

    We as a family extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on the earthly demise of our dear Philip Sir. We cherish the warm memories during our time together in Chicago. All of us who knew Philip Sir were touched by his kindness, humility, love and above all his unshakable faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His warm smile and graciousness is forever etched in our hearts.

    Philip Sir reminded about Ephesians 4:15…
    “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,”

    May God Almighty comfort you all with
    His divine peace with the hope that we will all meet again on that beautiful shore.

    With prayers,
    Kunjumon, Kunjumol, Joe, Sarah & Children, Jess Achen and Teena Kochamma

  • Philip Jacob (Parish Secretary- Horeb MTC,LA) says:

    P.C. Philip Uncle was one of the shining lights of the Malayali Christian community in the United States. He touched many amongst us with his Christ-like manner.

    Uncle was notable for his work in the mission fields of India and raising funds for them.

    Uncle would visit with us at Horeb when he made the trip down to San Diego to see Sajeev, Bindu and the children.

    He would encourage us all to get involved in mission activities.

    We will feel the void he has left behind, but rest assured that he is now in the arms of God where there is no more pain or sorrow.

    On behalf of the Horeb Mar Thoma Church of Los Angeles, please accept our deepest Condolences and Prayers for your great loss.

  • Vini, Sam, Stanley and Steven- New York says:

    Dear Kunjmolammama, Santhosh, Saji and Sindhu- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you families at this time of great sorrow. Remembering uncle from his visits to our house in Goregaon, uncle’s beautiful and genuine smile could light up any heart. Uncle had a deep rooted faith in God and that was evident everytime he spoke or prayed. Our dear departed are all safe in God’s care and we know we will see them one day, until then may God provide you peace and comfort that can only come from Him. Keeping you all in our prayers.

    “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”- John 11:25

  • Jane (Easo) Philip says:

    Dear Auntie, Santhosh, Saji, Sindhu-
    There’s so many words to describe what uncle meant to us, yet it’s hard to form them right now. Philip sir uncle meant so much to us because growing up, he was more than just another uncle from church. He was family. His smile, his tender words, his ability to always point us back to Christ, and his kind heart will never be forgotten. Just as many that have gone before us, we always think we’ll have more time. We now cherish the memories of Friday Prayer meetings even more. Thinking about all the times at your house here in Chicago, it always felt like home and I’m forever grateful for being loved as part of your own family. 14 years ago we asked Uncle to speak at our wedding, a decision Alan and I made without even thinking twice because who else would we ask than someone who made such a strong impact in our upbringing. What a blessing to us he agreed. Philip sir uncle will always be in our hearts and we will continue to share of memories of him with our kids. Until we meet again on that beautiful shore, it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to your Appa, a dear friend to us. We love you all.

  • VARGHESE ADICHITHARA says:

    Our deepest Condolences and Prayers to everyone in the family.
    I had an opportunity to associate with Philip Sir from the early stage of Chicago Mar Thoma Church building committee to the different levels of this Church’s activities. We could see Philip Sir’s enthusiasm, dedication and leadership on all assignments he took during his time with Chicago Mar Thoma Church.
    Surely, we all are missing Philip Sir’s sincere approach and his sweet smile.
    Rest In Peace.

  • Mathew K Lukose says:

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to the grieving family members around the world. I had the privilege to associate with dear Philip Sir as part of our Friday prayerline for the last 13 years. He was an inspiration to all of us and he was a prayer warrior. May the peace of God that transcends all understanding comfort and console the grieving family members.

  • Annie Varghese and Roy Varghese says:

    Our thoughts take us down the memory lane when we first met Philip Sir. He was always known for his humility and simplicity and a caring, compassionate person. When we bought a house in Area 7, Philip Sir came to our new home and prayed before we moved in. He started the Non-Denominational Saturday Prayer Group which still meets once a month. He always identified those in need whether it be financial, medical, family related etc and would support people with his prayer and home visits and would be a helping hand. Yes, Philip Sir lead our Church in the early days in an exemplary way, especially edavaka mission had its best leadership during his time, lot of mission projects were started during that time. Mission was everything to him, He was my spiritual mentor and he encouraged me to take leadership of edavaka mission. Surely we will miss him.
    Roy and Annie

  • Joseph & Jessy Varghese says:

    Dear Santhosh, Jolly and Family,
    May God Almighty give you His peace and comfort during this time. We are saddened yet rejoice with you that Uncle is in a better place. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
    Philippians 1:21

  • Abraham K Abraham says:

    Good memories of our beloved P C Philip Uncle will be remained for ever.
    May the good Lord be with Auntie, Children and all the loved ones.
    Our prayers and condolences!

    Aniyankunju, Ammini, Alwin & Ashley – Chicago

  • Mathew and Grace David says:

    Dear Santosh, Saji and Sindhu ,

    We remember Philip uncle as a man of God who served the church faithfully. He was gentle and kind in his ways and reflected the joy of the Lord in his face. He left an impression on everyone who met him.
    He has left a great legacy for his family to follow. He will be missed.

  • Johnachen ,&Sicily ,Lagos,Nigeria says:

    Dear Ammamma,Santhosh,Sajeev & Bindu
    Our deepest prayers and condolences to everyone in the family.
    I had an opportunity to associate with Achayan through my brother pastor M.Thomas,
    He was an inspiration to all of us,he was gentle and kind his ways
    May the peace of God comfort and console the family members

  • Gigi Mathew & Family says:

    I was saddened to hear of PC Philip Uncle’s passing. Like others whose formative years were spent at Chicago Mar Thoma church, there are many memories of Uncle and the family. PC Philip Uncle was my Sunday School teacher and I remember how passionate and endearing he was in delivering God’s message. He held the Bible close to his heart, always had a radiant smile, and offered insightful thoughts. My family fondly remembers Uncle –sending heartfelt condolences to Aunty, Santhosh, Sajeev, Sindhu and your families during this time. Rest in peace Uncle!

  • Ms. Noble John(was Zachariah) says:

    Philip uncle is and always will be someone I look to emulate. He was so kind to drive into the city to collect and drop me every Sunday only to help me attend lovely Malayalam service those 3 months I was on secondment in Chicago in 2006. Aunty I still remember the parrots you had, the lunch you made me those days. During the long drives, Uncle’s conversations were full of faith, knowledge and passion to serve our Heavenly Father will always remain in my memory. I am very sad you left so early Uncle. Look forward to we meet again in His kingdom.

  • Saji and Biji Ayvelilpurathutta says:

    It’s really hard and very sad to hear Babychayan ( Appachan) passed away, our heartfelt condolences and prayers 🙏🏻I have a very good memories of him always pleasant and very good humorous in talking when on holidays in Kerala, Ayvrlilpurathutta (Adevasahthu), good memories will forever remain alive in our hearts.

  • C. S.Narayanan says:

    I met Philip at one of our Annual Physicists Meetings. He always had a smile and a very friendly attitude. We will miss him. God bless his soul.
    Narayanan, C. S. , Physicist

  • Jesus N. says:

    I found him to be a caring and loving man. Always looking forward to seeing him.

  • Jerry Soen says:

    We were good friends when he worked at NCH. Always enjoyed working with him. I loved his faith in Christ. Looking forward to spending some time with him in eternity. Condolences to his family but you will enjoy him again.

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