MUSCAT: Fr Balsoom Ambabishoy, aged 66, Vicar of the St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, passed away in Muscat on May 24, 2011, Tuesday.
A long-time resident of Muscat, Fr Balsoom completed 29 years of pastoral service in the Sultanate of Oman.
He had served as a Vicar of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Oman since 1983.
Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka, Muscat, Vicar-in-Charge Fr C S Mathew, Trustee Abraham Mathew, Co-Trustee Cherian P Thomas, Secretary Biju Parumala attended the funeral service and conveyed condolences from the Maha Edavaka.
A wreath was also placed on behalf of the members of the Maha Edavaka.
A statement issued says: His (Fr Balsoom’s) sad passing away demise will be an irreparable loss to the Christian community in Oman as a whole. We sincerely convey our heartfelt condolences to the parish members of the Coptic Church and pray that the departed soul rest in peace.
A large gathering of the Coptic Orthodox members paid their last respects to the departed soul. The last rites were performed in Egypt.