Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home

180 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON


Thomas Oommen

January 3, 1936June 29, 2020

Passed away on June 29, 2020 at the age of 84.

Born in Chengannur, Kerala, he was the beloved husband of Mariyamma Oommen. Loving father of Tom, Matthew and Suzanne Oommen. Proud grandfather of Sarita, Anjali, Shyla, Arjun, Marlene, Darius, Karina and Kailyn. Family and friends from his teaching days in Montreal or his retirement in Ottawa will remember him fondly. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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Moni Samuel

July 10, 2020

Dear Susy Ammamma, Tom, Shawn, Suzanne and Family,
In 2 Timothy Ch. 4:7, it reads, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have kept the faith.”
You all may remember that I met you all at the Montreal Airport when I was about to travel to India. I was so worried because I was travelling with two small children. Joychayan, Ammamma, Tom, Shawn, and Suzanne were so nice to me and very helpful on my journey to Trivandrum. Ammamma you were really like a sister to me taking care of me and my little kids. At the end of my journey I came to know that Ammamma is related to me through my first cousin.
Joychayan was very caring, loving, and a kind hearted person. God has blessed him with a good life and a beautiful family. We always remember his gentle nature, hospitality, and pleasant smile. We dearly miss him, but we know that he is with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
May the Lord give you all the heavenly peace and comfort and keep you all under his mighty wings.

Keeping you all in prayers.
With Love and Prayers,
T.D. Samuel, Moni and Family

Reji Mathew

July 3, 2020

Dear Susy Ammachy
So saddened to hear the demise of Joy Appachan. I remember your visit during early ninties to our house. You both were so loving and cheerful during those days. Since we are far away physically we couldnt meet frequently.. but we use to remember you both. May God give you strentgh to to get through this situation

Love and prayers
Reji and family

I am Somon Thekkedathu younger son

Basu Choudhury

July 3, 2020

Dear Suzanne,
I hope the new days brings you some peace from the great loss you and your family have faced in the last few days.

I remember your dad on your wedding day, he looked so happy and proud of his daughter and his new son. He was beaming at the church and during the evening festivities. He seemed in his element, welcoming everyone and making them feel a part of the family celebrations.

I am sure he was proud of everything you and your brothers have accomplished.

I don’t know when the pain will stop but knowing you, you will face it head on and explore your emotions. It’s who you are, it is what your dad and mom instilled in you. In time you will recover, remember, enjoy and embrace the mark he left in his lifetime and all the moments you shared together.

Our deepest condolences to you and the entire Oommen family on your great loss.

Trini Costello

July 2, 2020

When I think of Tom, I picture him seated amidst his children and grandchildren, quietly observing each of them and absorbing the goings on around him. Clearly it gave him great pleasure! Although I didn’t have the opportunity to know him well, we had a strong common bond; my wonderful daughter-in-law is his child, and two of his grandchildren are also mine. The girls are lucky to have had him be a part of their lives, and I’m happy that they’ll always have fond memories of him.

Kailyn Costello

July 2, 2020

I remember when my family and I went to visit Appacha from New York and when he saw us he was so happy. He hugged me and said I missed you to me. In that moment I realized that he loved me so much and cared for me. I love him so much and I will never forget him.

C Ittoop & Lily Petros

July 2, 2020

As fellow Malayalee teachers in Montreal, we have known the Ommens for a long time. After the marriage of our daughter Lynn to Tom, the families bonded even more closely. Over the long years, we have come to like and respect Joy (Thomas Oomen) for his calm, thoughtful and loving ways. After his move to assisted living, our contact became less frequent. Nevertheless, we kept ourselves informed of his health in general and especially his worsening condition over the last month.
Death is always sad. We mourn his loss. May his soul rest in peace.
Our hearty condolences to the grieving family

Bill Costello

July 2, 2020

Appacha accepted me within days of meeting me. He had a way about him that made him different than pretty much anybody- a calm quietness about him that reminded me of a wise Buddhist monk. I began to appreciate our moments together right away. You would have to look for Appacha as he would disappear into a room in the basement or a balcony of a hotel or a lounge chair on a dock of a lake. Then you would sit with him and share a drink mostly in silence, until slowly, stories would be told of days long past. When Appacha learned of my joy of fixing things, we would often set off together to Canadian tire to buy a small tool or a piece of hardware. Oh how we both loved Canadian Tire!

Appacha was always cheerful. His aura of calm cheerfulness had a way of relaxing you no matter how you felt 10 minutes earlier. He treated me like a son and I loved him as a father. It didn’t matter at all that we had different backgrounds or that I didn’t know very much of his long life before I met him 20 years ago. He trusted me because his daughter selected me as her husband, and I loved him because of how fondly Suzanne always talked about him. I will miss our times together and I will never forget them.

Karina Costello

July 2, 2020

I remember when appacha came from the Nursery Home to ammachi’s house and sat there with my family. In that moment I realized how important he was to me. He looked very happy when he saw me and it made me smile. I love and miss him so much!