In July 2016 Fr. George Arimpoor was taken to MMH (Aluva) for better care and attention because of his age and sickness. Still Don Bosco Bhavan community considered him as its own member and used to pay him frequent visits and used to be in constant touch with him. The news of his sudden demise was a shock to one and all.
Everyone in this community was on his feet to get the house ready to give a fitting farewell to Fr. George. Under the careful supervision of Fr. Rector (Fr. Palithottathil John) Fr. Biju (Dean of Studies) and Fr. Tony (The Administrator) the cemetery, the procession route, the church, the dining hall, the house and the premises were got ready. Everything was looked into and nothing was left to chance. As a special homage to the dearly departed the presence of some Samaritan sisters in the choir added poignancy to the singing during the Mass and the funeral rites. For the first time, the Aspirants’ Band under Fr. Biju Kalappurackal led the funeral procession to the cemetery.
The mortal remains of Fr. Arimpoor were brought to Mannuthy around 11. 45 am on Wednesday (2nd August). The body was laid out in the chapel soberly decorated for the occasion. Incessant prayers followed led by Salesian and diocesan priests and priests from various religious congregations in Thrissur. Fr. George, hailing from Thrissur District and being a close relation of the late Arch Bishop Joseph Kundukulam, was widely known in the Arch Diocese and the presence of two Bishops (Arch Bishop Andrews Thazath and Arch Bishop Emeritus Jacob Thoomkuzhy) and numerous priests and religious (men and women) was a proof of it.
The second part of the funeral service began at 2 pm presided over by Fr. Jose Koyikkal, (Vice Provincial of Bangalore Province). The Holy Mass was then celebrated; it was presided over by Fr. Joyce Mathew, the Salesian Provincial and concelebrated by over eighty priests. Fr. Joe Arimpoor (A relative of Fr. George) and Fr. PP George (A class mate of Fr. George as well as the representative of Chennai Province) were allotted special places at the altar. The funeral homily was preached by Fr. Paulson (Rector of Don Bosco Vaduthala). He took as his text for his sermon the parable “the servants and talents”. Arch Bishop Emeritus Jacob Thoomkuzhy presided over the fourth part of the funeral service. After the farewell liturgy several persons paid tribute to Fr. George Arimpoor. Fr. Francis Vattukulathil, Rector of Don Bosco Aluva spoke on behalf of the house where Fr. Arimpoor spent his last year of life spreading an odor of sanctity and serenity in the house. Fr. Joe Arimpoor spoke on behalf of his relations. Fr. PP George paid him tribute as a representative of the province of Chennai where Fr. George had worked before the division of the Madras province. He was, besides a close friend and classmate of his. Fr. KD Joseph spoke a few words of farewell on behalf of senior Salesians. Arch Bishop Andrews Thazath who had come in at that moment thanked Fr. George on behalf of all the clergy of the Arch Diocese where he had rented significant services and had worked as parish priest for two years. Fr. Joyce Mathew, the provincial, bade him farewell on behalf of the province and he remarked that the memory of Fr. George Arimpoor would remain in the province for a long time to come through his numerous works in the various houses were he had rented selfless service.
Then the procession to the cemetery took place. At the main door of the church the body was received by Fr. George’s relations who carried it to the cemetery preceded by a long procession of priests, Salesians, religious, aspirants, relations and friends and admirers from far and near. At the cemetery the concluding prayers were said; the tomb was blessed; kisses were imprinted on the body; incense was spread in the coffin; tears were shed; the coffin was closed; it was placed in the cell; all stood thoughtful and pensive; Fr. George Arimpoor had reached home.
The words of gratitude was pronounced by Fr. John PK, the rector of Don Bosco Bhavan and his invitation to one and all to partake in the refreshments prepared for them in the school premises ended a long ceremony at 5.45 pm.

  1. August 5, 2017

    The late Fr. Arimpoor was my rector from 1980 to 1982 at Vaduthala when I was an aspirant. I admire his sincerety and hard work. As a rector he was with us always and we affectionately called him Appachan. It was always fun chatting with him . May he rest in peace!

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