Thomas Antony Chennadu passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2023 at the age of 60. He leaves behind his wife Jessy Joseph Thomas, sons Jefrin Antony Thomas and Jayden Joseph Thomas, 2 sisters and 4 brothers as well as 31 nephews and nieces.
He was the beloved son of the late Mary Chennadu and the late Antony Chennadu. He was born in Champakulam, Kerala in India on July 17, 1963.
He studied at S.B. College Changanassery and then received his Engineering degree from N.S.S. College of Engineering in 1987 where he received a full merit scholarship. Throughout his college career he won multiple awards in debate and elocution competitions.
He married his wife of 31 years on February 17, 1992. He came to the United States in August 1995 where they began their life together.
He was employed at Pratt and Whitney as an aviation mechanical engineer for 4 years before he moved to Manhattan to work for the NYCT MTA where he worked for 24 years up until his passing. He was a beloved colleague to many and was promoted to Associate Project Manager of Operations Planning in 2017 where he was an integral part of Title IX and Title VI policy.
He received his MBA from Dowling College on May 21, 2006.
He has been a proud resident of West Hartford, Connecticut for 24 years and was a leader among his church community at St. Thomas Church. Thomas, lovingly called Jimmichen by his friends and family, was an avid gardener, talented fisherman and ardent supporter of the Indian cricket team. He was well known in his workplace and community for his unyielding work ethic, infectious smile, and endless compassion for his fellow man.
He began his life in a big family that was lacking in richness of wealth but overflowing with richness of love. He achieved success that no one from his background thought was possible through his confidence and persistence. He was a man of faith who lived out his faith everyday, providing a shining example of just how one man can do so much for so many. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 8th with calling hours between 9 and 11 AM at St. Thomas Church, 30 Echo Lane, West Hartford CT followed by a mass at 11 A.M. Burial will be at West Meadow Cemetery, 679 Willard Ave, Newington CT. There will also be a memorial service led by Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt at St. Thomas Church on September 7, 2023 at 7 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the Thomas family requests contributions made to the American Brain Foundation (https://www.americanbrainfoundation.org/donation/?c_src=wtg) or to the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church where he was a beloved parishioner for 20 years. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com