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.
East Lawn Memorial Park
Date: May 20, 2022 Time: 10:00 AM PDT Reception: 11:30 AM Please join us to celebrate the life of Palavila Philip on the beautiful green lawns of Heritage Garden, Row 3, Marker 25. The memorial service will begin at 10am, with a reception in the Greenhou