Sosamma Joyan (Thomas) Mathew Passed away

Dr. Sosamma Joyan (née Thomas) Mathew passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 9th, 2023 at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

She will be lovingly remembered by her soul mate, Rev. Dr. John Mathew and by our cherished son, Bram Thomas Mathew.

Joyan was the eldest beloved daughter of Kalayanasseril C.T. & Lucy Thomas (Ayroor) of Singapore, treasured sister of Shirley (late Rajan), Singapore, Latha (Priantha), Sri Lanka, Laly (Kunju), Reggie (Ruby) and Biju (Reni) of Singapore.

Joyan and John met at a national ecumenical conference during her studies at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. In 1974, they were married at the Singapore Mar Thoma Church and moved to Canada.

Following her postgraduate studies at Queen’s University, she served Kingston and Sudbury hospitals. She was a caring friend to many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed her travels around the globe. Kind, gentle, loving and held dear to many, she was known for her sweet nature. She lavished affection and deep friendship.

Joyan sang in the church choir for decades; she was president of Place IV Ladies Club, enjoyed music, gardening, loved entertaining guests, liked watching movies and home improvement as well as cooking shows. She demonstrated a deep desire to serve others with her undaunted spirit, generous compassion, ethical integrity, spiritual maturity and self-effacing wisdom. She inspired her colleagues by her faithful sense of calling and example to give always their best.

Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to Joyan’s lifelong friends. As well, we would like to thank the wonderful nurses and physicians at the Credit Valley Hospital Renal Care Centre for their kindness, empathy, and excellent care.

Cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Joyan’s life, led by the Rev. Canon Susan Climo, will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit of Peace, 1170 Tynegrove Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4W 3B2 at 11:00am on Saturday, October 28, 2023 with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to food banks in your community.

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