Geevarghese Zachariah, “Thankachen”, was born on February 28, 1942 to the late E.K. and Saramma Zachariah in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. Thankachen lost his mother at a young age. As the eldest, he became a protector to his younger sisters. He was an exceptionally loving and caring brother and maintained a fostered a close relationship with his siblings. No father could have wished for a better son than Thankachen. He loved his father dearly and was ever present and a constant companion for him.
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He lived and worked in Bombay for many years. Prior to coming to the America, Thankachen lived in Dubai for ten years with his wife and children. Thankachen was a God-fearing man who was strong in his Orthodox faith. He derived a great sense of pride in his active role within the community in Oklahoma. He served in numerous administrative positions for his home parish throughout the years.
His larger than life presence and his ready smile could light up any room. His magnetic personality and his natural charisma put everyone at ease and made the people around him feel special. He was a natural in social settings and was loved by everyone because of his ability to connect on an individual level. Family and friends always looked up to him and adored him.
He was a passionate man who loved his wife, Rajamma, above all else and would do anything for her. The love between them is the kind of love that serves as the inspiration for poets and musicians. He met his wife on a train when he was going back to Bombay and she was going to college in Rajasthan. At a time when love marriages were frowned upon, they fell in love and married in 1968. They were inseparable during their 51 years of marriage.
He loved his kids immensely. He brought them up in the Indian Orthodox faith and instilled in them Christian values from a young age. He was always there for them no matter what. He was their strength, support, and rock when it came to facing the struggles of life. They always knew that no matter what happened, Dad had their back. His children knew he would never abandon them because he loved them more than himself. He loved his family with a fierce passion that was only rivaled by their love for him.
Thankachen had an amazing sense of understanding of life. He wasn’t afraid to step outside of societal norms. He was gentle but fierce and stood up for what he believed was right regardless of what anyone thought. He truly enjoyed life and as he always said, he has no regrets because he lived life fully, ate everything he wanted, did things he loved and had a good time while he was in this world. He loved greatly and he was loved beyond measure.
Geevarghese Zachariah is preceded in death by his parents E.K. and Saramma Zachariah. He is survived by his wife, Rajamma Zachariah; children, Sujith Zachariah, Sajani Zachariah, Sandhya and Jason Varughese; grandchildren, Olivia and Mikayla Varughese; siblings, Kunjunjamma and Thampi Mathew and Ammini and Kunjumon Gabriel; numerous nephews and nieces, alongside a large community of family and friends who are saddened by his departure, but are all better people for the indelible impact he had on them. We thank God every day for him.