OBITUARY

Dr. Libni Joseph Eapen

February 8, 1954September 14, 2020

Beloved husband of Juno Eapen, father of Tamina and Taran Eapen, father-in-law of Jasna Mehmedovic, son of Painadath and Sosamma Eapen, brother of Lisbi Eapen, brother-in-law of Maya Eapen, uncle of Amira Eapen, and physician and friend to many. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, part of the tightly knit Jacobite Syrian Orthodox diaspora that moved from Kerala to Ethiopia and then onward to North America, Libni grew up in Halifax and remained a proud maritimer til the end. A radiation oncologist at the Ottawa Cancer Centre for the entirety of his career, he dedicated his 66 years to learning, teaching, humour and healing. Tennis player, hook shot aficionado, pool shark, late-blooming modern art enthusiast and perpetual seeker of les bons mots. Aside from beating his best friend in straight sets or making cappuccinos for his kids, there’s nothing he enjoyed more than a glass of red wine and rollicking conversation. He loved teaching, research and academic pursuits in addition to his clinical responsibilities. He took great pleasure in wrestling with ideas and constantly challenged himself and his peers to reimagine their approach to the often-times abstract nexus of cancer and medicine. That being said, nothing was more important in his career than caring for his patients. He fully embraced and understood an oncologist’s role as healer and confidant to people in crisis. A Bobby Orr fan from childhood, he learned to love the Ottawa Senators and eventually adopted their colours. His passion for basketball evolved from playing on his high school team, to playing daily one-on-one matches on the driveway, to heartily cheering the Raptors onward to the title. It must be said that his low-post moves and set shot were things of beauty. He could reel off twenty swishes in a row, humming Paul Simon tunes, fresh from the hospital, still wearing his lab coat and work shoes. We could go on describing his athletic accomplishments from ranking second in the Nova Scotian table tennis standings to learning to ski in his early-30s and that’s exactly what he’d love to read, but this is for us, not you, Dad! Libni loved to laugh at the world and at himself. The more absurd and the weirder the humour, the better. From Monty Python to Armando Iannucci, he never missed a chance to laugh loudly and from the belly. He loved life and was fascinated by people, ideas and the ties that bind. It was only later in life that he finally and begrudgingly admitted Rushdie’s superiority to Naipaul, but curiously he always complained that Salman ended his novels too suddenly and without an appropriate deference to denouement. Together, Libni and Juno shared a life of travel, theatre, art, and music and they strove to nurture this love in their children. His family will always remember his undying love and commitment to us. We will miss him forever. He leaves behind an outsized legacy for a 5’8” Malayali. We love you Dad. Forever forever forever forever. All the golden heart emojis. We promise to minimize our wasting of pockets; we endeavour to not use up the brakes. See you next time. We’ll be waving good bye til the car is out of sight. TA-DA! In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. A virtual memorial gathering will be organized in the weeks to come, with an in-person gathering to follow when possible.

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Maurice Coyle

September 30, 2020

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Eapen's passing. He has been my oncologist since October 2016. He had such a wonderful way of putting you at ease and comforting in his approach and manner.

He liked to talk about travel and where we had been since the last appointment. I always felt that he had my well being in hand and I trusted him fully.

He is dearly missed.

Rest in peace.

Maurice and Grace Coyle.

Bhavani Nair

September 28, 2020

Libni's untimely demise was received with so much shock that I couldn't write this for weeks. If Dev and I feel this way, I can only imagine how painful it is for you Juno, Tamina and Taran. I even don't feel strong enough to call and talk to you in case I transfer my pain to you. We knew you from when Taran was 3-4 months old. Libni was more than just a colleague to me. He was part of our extended family. My brother at work who looked out for the welfare of all his colleagues as well as his patients. He was my junior resident, at PMH, then my colleague at Ottawa till I retired early and left Ottawa. He was always there to help whenever we asked for his opinion re management of illnesses in our family or among friends and went out of his way to help. He will be sorely missed. May the Lord grant him eternal peace.
Bhavani and Devadathan Nair
Mississauga, Ontario.

Lucy Goveas

September 26, 2020

Dear Juno, Tamina and Taran,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad and difficult time. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his sudden demise and find it hard to describe my feelings on his untimely passing. Be consoled in the knowledge that Libni lived and loved his life to the fullest. My sincere condolences for your loss.
May God give you the strength and support to fill this void with peace and courage.
May his soul Rest In Peace.

Bill Edwards

September 26, 2020

I was so saddened to learn from his office nurse. I was one of his many patients who gives thanks to him for his kind attention to my issues. He will remain in my thoughts. To his famiIy, please accept my sincere condolences
Bill and Bev Edwards

Brian Hallahan

September 26, 2020

Dear Juno, Tamina, and Taran

I met Dr. Eapen, who I describe as my personal angel, June 7th, 2018. My wife and I entered the examination room expecting to hear I had months to live as my cancer had metastasized; he asked me to describe my illness and tears welled in my eyes as related that I understood my cancer would have been curable if caught earlier – I saw him instantly react as his tremendous empathy informed him of exactly how I felt and he immediately moved in on his wheeled stool, our knees overlapping, as he stared into my eyes and said “and so is this”.

In that instant, he provided hope where a moment before there had been none and he amazed me every step of the way with his willingness to reassure me that I was going to be ok. And so I am; I, like so many of his patients, am in remission and likely cured but feeling lost trying to come to terms with his death; I actually looked forward to going back to the Cancer Center every few months and seeing my doctor. I miss him so, I miss his awesome personality and his familiar ways. I was expecting him to be a part of my future, the future he gave me as he did with so many others; as I fight back tears yet again, I have to be grateful that I had the privilege to have him as my doctor and that I had such a great man in my life. I will miss him beyond words – he meant so much to me and I know he did just as much to so many other patients.

To you and to his friends and colleagues; my sincerest condolences on your loss. Truly a great loss. Thank you for sharing him with us and for writing such a tremendous obituary; it provides some comfort to know that he lived such a rich life, full of laughter and love.

Brian Hallahan & Family

Isabelle McIntosh

September 24, 2020

I worked with Dr. Eapen many years ago when I worked in the clinics at the cancer centre as a receptionist and a clerk. He was always so patient and always had a bright demeanor. I later work with his wonderful daughter Tamina and immediately it was apparent what a wonderful father and family man he was. He was so proud of his children and his legacy will live on through them.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. There's never a good time to lose someone you love. I personally will always remember him fondly.

Isabelle McIntosh

Joanna Cygler

September 24, 2020

Dear Juno, Tamina, Taran and Jasna,
My heart goes out to you at these sorrowful times. I lack proper words to describe my feelings on his untimely passing.
Libni was a good colleague of mine and a real pleasure to work with.
I will miss him very much.
With my deepest sympathy,
Joanna Cygler

Delan De Silva

September 23, 2020

Whenever you needed help, Uncle Libni was there. Composed and serious when he needed to be. Huge smile, postivity & humour at other times. Growing up as neighbours and family friends, one thing that stood out to me was that Uncle Libni was this beacon of wisdom. When I needed his support a couple years ago, he did not hesitate to step up and come to my rescue. My kids and I are indebted to him for his support during that difficult time in my life. When countless friends needed advice, he would go out of his way to help. Such a wise and selfless man, he will truly be missed.

My prayers and condolences to the whole family especially Aunty Juno, Tamina & Taran.

With love,
Delan, Arianna, Nathan & Carter De Silva

Sue & Tom Baker

September 23, 2020

To the Dr. Libni Eapen Family;
We were so surprised and saddened to hear of your loss. Dr. Eapen was my husbands Dr. during a portion of his cancer treatment and Radiation Therapy. I think his outcome would not have been so successful if it wasn't for Dr. Eapen. We were treated like family from the very start and Dr Eapen took extra time to make sure the second time around for lots of radiation and surgery was successful. We are forever grateful. We cannot thank him enough for his commitment. Truly saddened for your loss.
Sincerely Tom and Sue Baker

CHRISTINA ADDISON

September 23, 2020

I am shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Dr. Eapen always had a smile and a hello for me and no matter what was going on in his life he was always kind enough to ask how I was doing. I will miss seeing his smiles in the hallway at work. I am glad you have cherished memories to hold on to during this time.

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