Mattappallil Thomas spent 88 years on this earth dedicating his life to his family and to Christ. The youngest of 8 siblings, Mattappallil was born in Kerala, India, and was the first in his family to attend college. After graduating from the University of Kerala he went on to work as a Chartered Accountant at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Madhya Pradesh.
During this time, he was introduced to his future wife, Annamma Mammen. They married in 1963, started their family there and then immigrated in 1976 to Staten Island, NY. Mattappallil worked as an Actuary for 25 years in NYC. He was a founding member of the Staten Island Mar Thoma Church and also worked tirelessly to help establish the North American Diocese. Mattappallil held multiple positions in the Staten Island Mar Thoma Church – he spent many years as the Sunday School Headmaster, and was a favorite of many young adults. Later, he was an active member of the Tabor Mar Thoma Church in Staten Island.
Mattappallil had a real zest for life. Annamma and he loved to travel – they visited many different countries around the world and cherished spending 3 months every year living in Trivandrum, connecting with their Indian roots. Mattappallil was diligent about keeping fit, observing a healthy diet, and exercising frequently. He was also a great sports enthusiast – he loved watching all types of sports, but his treasured sporting event was attending the US Open Tennis tournament every year in NYC.
After Annamma passed away in 2010, Mattappallil moved to Monroe, NJ. Surviving him are his son and daughter-in-law, Saju & Tina Thomas, daughters and sons-in-law, Anju and her husband, Dev Ittycheria, and Niju and her husband, Jacob Samuel, and his 7 wonderful grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 29th from 1 to 5 PM at the St. Stephen Mar Thoma Church, 423 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick. Funeral service to be held on 10 AM Tuesday, March 30th at the church. Burial to follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Bernardsville.
Funeral services are held under the direction of the Gleason Funeral Home, Somerset.