Kottayam Feb 7 2006: A touching and poignant condolence meeting was held in Kottayam today, Sunday Feb.5, 2006 condoling the passing away of our beloved Bava Thirumeni. In a well attended meeting held at Baselius College, Speaker after speaker brought alive their unfaded memories of association with the departed. In the Presidential address, H.H. Didimos Bava Thirumeni highlighted the warmth of affection received from Mathews II Bava . Almost like a pet student, Bava Thirumeni attended on him and it was at the height of that concern that the departed Bava Thirumeni adorned his successor with the staff and chains on the day of enthronement.
Mar Thoma Metropolitan Mar Chrisostam who inaugurated the meeting, in his inimitable way narrated a dream he had on the evening of January 27. God announced in heaven that He had called to rest Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews 11 and would be reaching heaven soon. As everybody waited, Bava Thirumeni reached and the first two persons with whom Bava shook hands was Yoohanon Marthoma Metropolitan and Alexander Marthoma Metropolitan. So much was Bava’s relation ship with Mar Thoma Church. He also confessed that Mar Thoma Church lost an eloquent speaker for all their functions who was invited without a second thought and now with the demise of Bava they have to sruggle to find the right person.
Bishop Mar Powathil, higlighted the good human being in Bava Thirumeni and unfolded his association for the last 25 years. Bishop Sam Mathew drew the big picture of an Ecumenical stalwart in Mar Thomas Mathews II who played a big role in settling the Nilackel issue.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the Health and Irrigation Minister of Kerala pictured Bava Thirumeni as a big humanist. Suresh Kurup, Member of Parliament of Kottayam, recalled with gratitude when His Grace Mathews Mar Coorilos went to the bedside of his father who was admiited in the Madras Medical Mission Hospital for Heart Surgery and prayed and thereafter, the hospital authorities treated them with extra love and concern. Sri. Narendranath Kurup, the N.S.S. General Secretary, recalled that occasion when Bava Thirumeni was the Chief Guest for the Mannam Birth Day Celebration and how Bava captivated the gathering with his eloquent speech.
Almost choked with emotion Thomas Mar Makarios Thirumeni recalled how Bava compelled him to conduct the Thailabhishekam for patients before Bava was taken to the Operation Theatre for Heart Surgery in the U.S.A. Thirumeni also recalled how Bava Thirumeni when he was Angel Achan asked him to join Othera Dayara on frugal food. K.M. Mathew, Chief Editor , Malayala Manorama and Dr. Alexander Karakkal also spoke on the occasion. Fr.Dr.O.Thomas moved the condolence resolution and Sri P.C. Abraham Padinjarekara, the Lay Trustee offered floral tributes, Pushparchana , on the photograph of the Bava Thirumeni . The dedication song by Fr. M.P. George added to the solemnity of the occasion which certainly must be cherished by our Bava in the Heavenly Abode.