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John Vadakkedath John

November 5, 1947November 20, 2020
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John Vadakkedath John, known to his loved ones as Johny, was born on November 5th, 1947 in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India. Born to the late V.E. and Aleyamma John, he was the second oldest of their four sons, including the late John V. Yesudas (Kunjumon). Johny completed his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Mar Thoma College in Thiruvalla, Kerala. He worked as a chemist at Travancore Sugars & Chemicals. Shortly after, he decided to pursue law, obtaining his L.L.B. from Kerala Law Academy in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. From here, Johny worked in the Kerala State government in the Town Planning Department. He eventually transitioned into the state’s Law Department and retired as a Senior Legal Advisor. Throughout his time working in the Kerala State government, Johny was an Election Returning Officer in various cities within the state.

He married Elizabeth John (Lizy) from Mavelikara, Kerala on January 6th, 1985. Shortly after, they were blessed with a son, Lijo. After moving to the United States in 1988, they settled in Baltimore, MD and were blessed again with their daughter, Liny. In 2010, Lizy was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Unwilling to accept fate, Johny cared for Lizy for almost 10 years, where her treatment included two lung transplants, until her death in 2019 - surpassing the expectation of any doctor.

Johny was very active in the Malankara Indian Orthodox Church throughout his life. He was extremely involved during his college years in the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement. Johny served as a Sunday School teacher and headmaster at his family home parish, St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church, Valanjavattom. During his tenure as a headmaster and teacher, Johny taught various students who eventually became priests and one who became a bishop – His Grace Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan. Upon coming to America, Johny remained committed to the Church and served as treasurer and a committee member for several years at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Baltimore, where he was a member for over 30 years.

Johny always showed concern and compassion for those less fortunate. While in Kerala, Johny was the founder of an organization, under the supervision of his home parish, that provided support to needy children when local schools could not provide assistance. He continued to show this passion for the less fortunate and for the importance of education throughout the remainder of his life and instilled these values into his children.

His family and friends remember Johny as someone who loved to garden. He would love to show visitors the flowers and vegetables he would grow in the backyard and would always have produce to share with others. He was also known for his passion for politics. He could strike a conversation for hours, to anyone he knew, about the latest current events.

Johny passed away unexpectedly on November 20th, 2020. He is survived by his son Lijo John and daughter Liny John, along with his two brothers John V. Mathew (Aniyan) and John V. Rajan (Rajan), and several nieces and nephews. While we mourn his passing and will miss him dearly, we rejoice that he is now resting in peace with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that he is reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Lizy.

The family received friends for the viewing on Monday, November 23, 2020. Video of that gathering may be viewed by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/160118960675658/videos/388226229189459

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Videos of the services may be viewed by following this link: https://youtu.be/n4si6U9wUDc

A committal service was held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Video of that service may be viewed by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/160118960675658/videos/303592867470824/

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Mary Abraham

November 26, 2020

Sorry about Johnny uncle’s loss. He and my dad were similar in being abrasive about church issues. He is in a good place with aunty.
Jasmine, Please give my condolences to the kids. My heart goes out to them losing both parents at an young age.
Take care and Happy Thanksgiving.

Joseph Kappil

November 26, 2020

Hello Lini and Lijo,
Our deepest condolences and prayers to you. God will strengthen you at this very difficult time.
Joseph Kappil & family

Justin Mathew

November 24, 2020

We were very shocked to hear about the sudden death of our beloved church member John V. John (Johnny Uncle). He was a very kind and caring person. He had so much love and compassion towards everybody. When it came to church related events, he was always very involved. Any latest current news, he could go on talking for hours with a lot of enthusiasm. He will always be remembered and will greatly be missed. May the departed soul rest in peace in the name of our God. May the Almighty God give peace and strength to the grieving, Lijo, Liny and the family. We will keep them in our prayers.

Justin Mathew & Nissi

Jamie, Aimee, Gina, Josh and Naomi Joshua and Wrights

November 23, 2020

Dearest Liny and Lijo,
We love you all! We have such wonderful memories growing up together in church. Watching the resilience of your family in fighting Lizy's aunty health battle has been a testament to your family's love, faith, and strength, especially how you all cared for her through her medical treatments. Losing Johnny uncle so suddenly and soon after losing Lizy Aunty is a pain we cannot understand. The one comfort you have mentioned before is that he is reunited with Lizy Aunty. We know that both of them are now looking down and watching over both of you. Their prayers will be protecting you every day. We will always remember Johnny Uncle's commitment to the church and his strong faith in God. They are both so proud of you and everything you are doing. We are here for you both if you need anything from us. May God's grace and mercy continue to be with you and give you strength at this difficult time.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Love and prayers, Jamie, Aimee, Gina, Josh and Naomi

Abraham Joshua

November 23, 2020

We ( Ammini and I), Jamie, Aimee, Gina, Joshua are heartbroken to have lost Johny. Johny was a quintessential Christian. We had the privilege of knowing Johny, Lizy, Liny, and Lijo since their arrival in our church. Johny was a staunch supporter of our church and showed his love for the church during his terms as an office-bearer. Ammini remembers Johny as a loving husband who did not miss any steps in taking care of Lizy. Whenever Lizy was at the University Hospital Ammini met Johny and always felt the love he had for Lizy. Both Liny and Lijo are blessed to have their uncle Aniyan and the loving families around them. Liny and Lijo will maintain the legacy of their parents through their life and work. We lost a friend. Liny, Lijo may you be strengthened during this period of extreme pain through the love of Jesus and the support of your family members and loving friends. Bejoy Uncle, Ammini Aunty, Jamie, Aimee, Joshua, Gina, and Naomi.

Shery Thomas

November 23, 2020

During the short time that I have known Johnychayan, his conviction to the church, family, and friends within the community are truly remarkable. As one of the earlier members within the Baltimore community and the development and progression of the church, he gave me a lot of perspective and open-mindedness. I have learned tremendously from Johnychayan and hope to continue to give back with the path that he has laid for us. The one solace is that Johnychayan is united with Lizyammamma and will continue to look down upon us as the STIOC community flourishes according to their intentions.

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Biography

John Vadakkedath John, known to his loved ones as Johny, was born on November 5th, 1947 in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India. Born to the late V.E. and Aleyamma John, he was the second oldest of their four sons, including the late John V. Yesudas (Kunjumon). Johny completed his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Mar Thoma College in Thiruvalla, Kerala. He worked as a chemist at Travancore Sugars & Chemicals. Shortly after, he decided to pursue law, obtaining his L.L.B. from Kerala Law Academy in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. From here, Johny worked in the Kerala State government in the Town Planning Department. He eventually transitioned into the state’s Law Department and retired as a Senior Legal Advisor. Throughout his time working in the Kerala State government, Johny was an Election Returning Officer in various cities within the state.


He married Elizabeth John (Lizy) from Mavelikara, Kerala on January 6th, 1985. Shortly after, they were blessed with a son, Lijo. After moving to the United States in 1988, they settled in Baltimore, MD and were blessed again with their daughter, Liny. In 2010, Lizy was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Unwilling to accept fate, Johny cared for Lizy for almost 10 years, where her treatment included two lung transplants, until her death in 2019 - surpassing the expectation of any doctor.


Johny was very active in the Malankara Indian Orthodox Church throughout his life. He was extremely involved during his college years in the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement. Johny served as a Sunday School teacher and headmaster at his family home parish, St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church, Valanjavattom. During his tenure as a headmaster and teacher, Johny taught various students who eventually became priests and one who became a bishop – His Grace Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan. Upon coming to America, Johny remained committed to the Church and served as treasurer and a committee member for several years at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Baltimore, where he was a member for over 30 years.


Johny always showed concern and compassion for those less fortunate. While in Kerala, Johny was the founder of an organization, under the supervision of his home parish, that provided support to needy children when local schools could not provide assistance. He continued to show this passion for the less fortunate and for the importance of education throughout the remainder of his life and instilled these values into his children.


His family and friends remember Johny as someone who loved to garden. He would love to show visitors the flowers and vegetables he would grow in the backyard and would always have produce to share with others. He was also known for his passion for politics. He could strike a conversation for hours, to anyone he knew, about the latest current events.


Johny passed away unexpectedly on November 20th, 2020. He is survived by his son Lijo John and daughter Liny John, along with his two brothers John V. Mathew (Aniyan) and John V. Rajan (Rajan), and several nieces and nephews. While we mourn his passing and will miss him dearly, we rejoice that he is now resting in peace with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that he is reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Lizy.

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