Varkey, George Plamoottil M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.(C), F.A.C.A.

Varkey, George Plamoottil M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.(C), F.A.C.A.

March 22nd, 2021

Dr. George Plamoottil Varkey passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021, at his home in London, Ontario, with his beloved wife and son by his side. A native of Kottayam, South India, George completed his undergraduate medical training at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, and then came to Canada in 1958 to pursue post-graduate training in anesthesia, in Montreal. After obtaining his fellowship, he returned to his alma mater in Vellore in 1962 as Chief of Anesthesia. In the same year, George married his medical school classmate, Mary. In 1971, George returned to Canada with Mary and their two young children, first to the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, and then in 1973, to the University Hospital in London, Ontario, where he worked until retiring in 1996. George had always had a special interest in pain management, so upon leaving University Hospital, he opened the London Pain Management Centre, which he ran until 2011. George loved his profession and took great pride in his work as an anesthesiologist. He was known as a kind, empathetic, skillful colleague and a generous mentor. The one thing George loved more than his profession was his family. His dear wife of 58 years, Mary, his daughter, Renu and son-in-law, Mark, grandchildren, Emily and Liam, and son, Joe. George always looked forward to spending time with his family and was always up for any get-together.  He loved traveling, reading, and meeting friends for conversation and a good meal. George had an unwavering Christian faith which was reflected in every aspect of his life, and it was passed down to his children and grandchildren as his most lasting legacy for his family. A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will be conducted by Reverend Dave Exley at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend the service. A livestream of the service will also be provided for those wishing to view remotely.

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In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of George are asked to consider Riverside United Church Memorial Fund or Doctors Without Borders.

Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory at both indoor and outdoor services.

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Book of Condolences

George Jacob PlamoottilOur heartfelt condolences and Prayers to Mummy, Renju, Renu and family. May God give Appa the place in heaven, Amen!
Sharanne MacDonaldI am so sorry to hear of George's passing. It was always enjoyable to have a conversation with him at Riverside United Church. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Justin M JohnDr. Varkey helped me get one of my first clerkships as a med student. Then taught me some special techniques in anesthesia as a fellow. What a fantastic mentor and friend. He will always be remembered.
Mariane HossfeldAs a scrub nurse at University Hospital in the late 80’s I remember Dr. Varkey well, always as a kind, gentle man. My sincere condolences to his family and friends as his valued legacies live on. Mariane Hossfeld
Melanie McIntyreDr Varkey was a great fellow. I was a patient of his for many years. We always had a laugh, even though he was jabbing me with needles! He was the only doc who really listened and helped me. I think of him often, and I’m so sorry that he’s gone.
Shaila & Deepak NaikWe have known Uncle George since they came to Sherbrook Qc. Our family friendship has grown to a point I am happy to say, they are more like our 2nd family here. We are very sad to have lost dear Uncle George. After my Dad passed away he was a 2nd father figure to me and my sister, and an older brother to my mother. May his soul rest in peace. Deepak, Radha, Shaila
Venki and Bo VenkatesanOur sincere condolences to Leela and the entire family.We will always cherish the fond memories of times spent together.His legacy will continue in his teachings to many young physicians in India and Canada.Love and Peace to all.
Bovas and Annamma AbrahamOur heartfelt condolences to Leela and the rest of the family. We remember his sense of humor, his loving company and his empathy. We cherish them. Departing of a loved one is always painful, we hope that the love of family and friends offer some comfort in healing the wound. We keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Jean CollierI had the pleasure of working with Dr. Varkey for many years & enjoyed every moment. He treated the nurses so well & made the days easy no matter what. Canada & London were blessed by the caring & expertise of Dr. Varkey.
Rev'd Canon Gregory Smith & Marque SmithWe are so sorry to hear about George's passing. He was a kind and lovely man. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family and all others affected.
June McKayMy sincere sympathy to you, Mary, , and your family..George was a strong supporter of Jack's ministry when he was at Riverside.I have many fond memories of times together..tea times, dinners, celebrations, and your faithful attendance at Riverside on Sundatys. May God hold you close, and give you Peace as you travel the Road ahead.
Daniel CuillerierMy sincere condolences to Mary and family. George was a legend in Sherbrooke so I knew about him years before I met him. A lovely delightful man, he will be missed.
Maria GuinnessSo saddened to hear of Dr. Varkey's passing. I worked as his admin assistant at University hospital for a few years. He was a lovely man to work for. Always happy, caring and kind to everyone. Sincere condolences to all his family, colleagues and many friends.
Judith KuttI worked with George for many years he was always a gentle, caring person. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Caroline LiermanJoe, I was so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He sounds like a wonderful father, husband, doctor, and man who accomplished so much in his lifetime. Treasure the special moments and memories you had together. Thinking of you and your family as you deal with the loss💗
Daniel CuillerierMy sincere condolences to Mary and family. George was a legend in Sherbrooke so I knew about him years before I met him. A lovely delightful man, he will be missed.
CI&Lily PetrosOur heart felt condolences to Leelamma Aunty ,Renu ,Mark,Renju, Emily and Liam .He will be remembered for his kindness and Good Humor. He had an infectious smile. He loved God. He loved his fellowmen and did everything to relieve their pain. He will be sadly missed .May his soul rest in peace!
CI&Lily PetrosOur heart felt condolences to Leelamma Aunty ,Renu ,Mark,Renju, Emily and Liam .He will be remembered for his kindness and Good Humor. He had an infectious smile. He loved God. He loved his fellowmen and did everything to relieve their pain. He will be sadly missed .May his soul rest in peace!
Uthuppan Chacko( Thampy / OmanaOur heart felt condolences to the family. He will be remembered for his kindness and friendly talk. Wherever or whenever we see each other, he did always come to us and have a great talk ,always about city we both came from ( Kottayam, south India) . He always had a passion about our city. May his soul rest in peace !
Sivakumar & DhariniWhen we experience a loss, we can get so overcome by our grief. But wonderful memories and legacy of love left behind will heal us. Late Dr. Varkey was a kind and wonderful person. Always smiling and laughing. We remember the surprise gift he and Aunty sent us, 30 years ago, when we started our family life in Canada. We are grateful for that gesture. Our deepest sympathies go to Aunty, Joe, Renu, Mark and Kids. Stay strong and blessed. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our heart” – Gandhi.
Wilson & Sicily PadavanDr. George Varkey as a true family friend for so many years, we miss him a lot. We always enjoyed his company when we got together quite often. We had many memorable & enjoyable days in the past. We pray for his soul. Our thoughts and sincere prayers are with his beloved wife, Leela, his daughter Renu, her husband Mark, his grandchildren, Emily & Liam, and his son Renju. May his soul rest in peace.
Neil and Maureen McKenzieOur sincerest condolences to George's wife and family. I had the good fortune to work with George as a surgeon at University Hospital and subsequently at his instigation to volunteer at the Christian Medical College in Vellore India. He was a great colleague and will be sadly missed.
Adrian GelbGeorge was a lovely, gentle, encouraging person. He was certainly very supportive of me from my residency days through to the end of my chairmanship at Western. In our personal chats I sometimes jokingly and affectionately referred to him as “uncle George”. His lovely smile is warmly embedded in my memory. He was instrumental in getting me engaged in anesthesia for neurosurgery when I started on faculty at UH, a focus that ultimately became my career. He also included me in 2 of his international speaking trips - India and Venezuela which were my first international speaking trips. My condolences to Mary and family; my thoughts are with you at this sad time
Ron WexlerGeorge was a warm and wonderful person who cared for his friends and colleagues. Everyone enjoyed working with him. Denise and I will truly miss him. We send our best wishes to Mary and his family. We shared good times and wonderful support. Denise and Ron Wexler
Santosh & Elsy PaikattA dear and glorious physician and a gentleman. Our condolences to the family.
Jennifer PrinceMy prayers and thoughts are with all of you. I am blessed to have spent some time with your family while George was in hospital last year. He was a lovely man that I know will be missed by many.
Marion LottAs a Recovery Room nurse at University Hospital I had the amazing opportunity to work with Dr Varkey for many years. He was such a wonderful, caring man, always had his patients best interests at heart.
Marion LottAs a Recovery Room nurse at University Hospital I had the amazing opportunity to work with Dr Varkey for many years. He was such a wonderful, caring man, always had his patients best interests at heart.
Mary and Mathew MukkattuDr.Varkey was a good friend of the Malayalee community of London, and I had the pleasure of conversing with him on many occasions. He always had a smile and a very pleasing disposition. My wife Accamma joins me in sending our prayers to his wife Leelamma;and their children, Renu and Renju Mary and Mathew Mukkattu
Georgekutty & Kunjumol ( Joy’s Brother-in-law )Our heartfelt condolences to Leelamma and family. Dr. Varkey swill be remembered for his excellent teaching, good humor, infectious smile, warm caring nature and above all his faith in God! Our thoughts and prayers.
Stephen LownieA gentle soul who epitomized "always be kind" and who took good care of all his patients. My condolences to Dr. Varkey's family at this time.
John and Linda Langford We are very sorry to hear of George’s passing. We will miss his smiling face and gentle, caring manner. Our prayers and thought to all of the family.
Gordon SelleryGeorge was a friend and colleague of mine at University Hospital. He helped me adjust to the neuroanesthesia group when I joined in 1986. He was well regarded by the students and residents as an inspiring teacher. I send my condolences to Mary and the family and we will miss him at our anesthesia group retiree's lunches.
Yasmin & JayUncle's strong faith lead his London Malayalee family with kindness, generosity and laughter. He will be missed. Thinking of Aunty, Renu, Mark, Emily, Liam, and Renju. He will be watching over you surrounded by some happy dogs! 💗
Joe Joseph Our families have been friends for three+ generations and Uncle has had a great influence on my life. I have considered him a mentor and second father. I will miss his booming welcomes when I visit, as well as his thoughtful advice, our discussions on politics and current events, and of course the newest Indian restaurants. In our family, there is only one couple that never needs a name before the suffixes "Uncle" or "Aunty" to know who we are speaking about. While I am sad at his passing, I am comforted by knowing he will be greeted in Heaven by a long line of family and friends, including my parents. Aunty, Renu, Renju, Mark, Emily and Liam - I share your loss.
Wally and Gay ThompsonDearest Leela, Renju, Renu and Family, Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved George. George was a very dear friend, an extraordinarily talented and skillful colleague , plus a wise and generous mentor. George was a gifted and gentle teacher and a wonderful person. He will be truly missed by many, many people. We will always remember his kindness, love and generosity to Gay, I and our family plus the wonderful times that we had together. We will also remember the love and pride that he had in his beloved family and in his professional life. Vale George
Manoj &Anila PunnooseWe will miss George Varkey uncle greatly. He was a very talented, faithful and giving friend who contributed a positive and inspiring presence in our lives. We learned so much from him and his actions. We always looked forward to connecting and enjoyed our conversations and his very hearty genuine laugh. A privilege to have known him for so many years. special thoughts and prayers for the for all the family.
Thampy & Susy - KochiWhen ever we came to Canada we visited George Varkey uncle and Leela aunty . We always got a warm welcome and it was very pleasing and interesting to talk to uncle and listen to his conversation.Praise God for his blessed life.Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Leela aunty and family. .
Pat Morley-ForsterI did not have the chance to work with George Varkey at University Hospital, but got to know him in 2002 , and onwards, when I became interested in chronic pain management. George was always willing to share his knowledge and cared deeply about improving the lives of his patients. A big-hearted man.My sincere sympathy to his family.
Sugantha and GR ganapathy, Roopa RavalDr.Varkey had been instrumental in facilitating my career in Anesthesiology esp regional and pain management. He had been a mentor to me since 1990. He has helped me with everything Coming from Kenya and India, i did not know what is considered acceptable good practice in Canada. I could not have coped with my practice but for him. He guided me through the difficult times in my life and career. We will miss him dearly. There is no one like him that can replace him in this world. Our sincere sympathies to Leela Varkey, Renu, Mark and Renju and the little ones Emily and Liam. May his soul rest in peace
Shanta and Cyrus KapadiaOur heartfelt sympathies to our Dearest Leela, Renju, Renu, Mark, Emily, and Liam. May our Lord give you strength at this time. Our faith tells us that George is safe in the arms of Jesus. We praise the Lord for George's love and ever-present smile which uplifted the lives of those of us who were fortunate to know him as a bother. Love, Shanta and Cyrus
Mappanar(Max) NagalingamDear Leela, Renu, Joe, Mark Emily, and Liam We are saddened to hear about the passing away of your husband and father. Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. As we know, George was a kind-hearted, generous man. It has always been a joy to have a chat with him. We regret our inability to participate in the funeral service and say goodbye to him in person. We are thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. A lifetime together is never enough. Death ends a life, not a relationship. Our love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Thevi and Max Nagalingam
Molly Kurian PlammoottillGeorgechayan, You will never be forgotten .Leelammakochamma, my prayers and condolences. Molly
George and Leela Cherian,BangaloreGeorge & Leela Varkey and I were batchmates at the Christian Medical College,Vellore.Batch of 1950.A lifetime of friendship and fellwship.George made a huge cntribution t the develpment of the Anaesthesia Dept at CMC and the Ida Scudder School which has benefitted generations of staff and townspeple.We have read abut his cntributions in Canada.Generous host and friend.Our deep condolences to Leela,Renu,Renju and family.A race well run my friend.RIP
Sunil George KurianHeartfelt condolences and prayers to Leelakochamma, Renju, Renu and family. May our Almighty console and strengthen you. Sweet memories of our Appappa will always be in our heart. -- Plammoottil Subhavan.
Kanthan FamilyDear Joe and Aunty, Very sorry to hear of Uncles passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our heartfelt condolences.
Christy, Shirley & Priya AbrahamDear Leela Kochamma, Renu & family and Renju, Our heartfelt condolences to you.. May God give you comfort and peace at this difficult moment in your life. Thanking Lord for Uncle's blessed life. Now he us with our Lird... May his soul rest in peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Alex and Valsa KuruvilaDear Leelakochamma, Renju, Renu & family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Dr. Varkey was a very special and close to me. In fact, being my Group Observer, I would not have been a CMCote, but for him and Dr. Milledge. We thank our Lord for Dr. Varkey’s life on this earth and for the innumerable people blessed by knowing him. We pray that God’s guidance and peace be with you all. Love & prayers, Alex & Valsa
Matthew ChandyDear Aunty, Renju, Renu, and family. Our heartfelt condolences to you. Uncle was a great Godfather to me and I will fondly remember him being there for all of the milestones in my life. I'm thankful for him and for all of you. We thank God for his life and all those who have been blessed by knowing him.
Tonio and Daphne ThomasDear Leelakochamma, Renju Achachan, Renu Chechi & family , our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers with everyone. Love and Prayers - Tonio , Daphne , Mon and Lalitha
John and Judy Welbourn George will be remembered as a true gentleman who always had a kind word to say and a gentle inquiry as to how you were feeling. Your Riverside family remembers and you will be missed.
Molly Abraham & FamilyDear Leelamma, You, Renu & family, & Renju are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss George very much. Our heartfelt condolences. Love, Molly & Family
Ponnamma Cheriyan Dear Leelamma, our heart felt condolences and prayers. Love, Ponnamma, Saaji and family.
Muriel and Robert Esteywith heartfelt sympathy for your peace and comfort love, Muriel and Bob
Bimal and Sulabh MasihWe are very sad to know that George is no more. We had known him for almost 60+ years. We too are going to miss him very much. we always enjoyed visiting with the family, whenever we were in Canada and GOTC get togethers. Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with the family. Bimal and Sulabh Masih
Diane & Gary Alan PriceTodays' service for George was so wonderfully moving and emotional. We were particularly touched by the messages from Mary and other members of his family. Please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of a special and gentle man who continually carried himself with immense integrity and dignity. It was a privilege to know him, to learn from him, and to be in his presence. Blessings, Diane and Gary
Rina & Roger ThibaultRoger and I will greatly miss Uncle. When visiting London, it would be one of the highlights of our trip to spend time with Uncle and Leela Aunty. Always a pleasure to listen, talk and just to be around him. For me personally, I will miss the person I saw and respected as my 2nd father. As I reminisce about all the family get togethers, I've been present at, I remember how he loved to fondly talk about family and friends. I especially, remember how he would always take the time to talk to each one of us and find out how we were doing. Uncle was a genuinely, loving & caring person and his presence will be greatly missed. As a Christian, I will not say goodbye but rather, as we say in Kerala, "See you next time/later." Leela Aunty, Renju, Renu, Mark, Emily & Liam, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs.
Ivor & Laura PavamaniIt was a great honor to have known Dr Varkey and the family. "He has faught the good fight" and is now resting in the presence of his "Father" in heaven. Leelaakka,Renu and fly, and Ranju: Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this diffucult time. May god be your strength and comfort.
Judy WelbournJohn and I just attended the virtual memorial service for Dr.George Varkey. What an incredible tribute to a remarkable man. We loved hearing the loving memories about dad and grandpa from his children and grandchildren . Rev. David Exley’s message of comfort and love and Betsy’s and Marque’s and Emma ‘s beautiful music and voices filled the room with hope and love. I remember every time we saw Mary and George at church George would ask me how I was, referring to my chronic pain. He genuinely was interested and showed such empathy and concern for me and sometimes offered me advice to help me deal . I will always remember and treasure these talks and visits. Dr. Varkey was loved by his church family and will always be remembered as a caring, kind and loving man. John and I send hugs and love to Mary and family . May God surround you with His love and strength. Judy and John Welbourn
Paul Dr Varkey, 7 yrs my senior, loved assisting my dad then madras and vellore bishop, in communion at Vellore st johns church whenevet my dad conducted service. I enjoyed company of the Varkeys at reunions, last time 2018 Toronto. Rest in peace Varkey Sir.
Mariamma J Thomas USAGeorge and Leela were one year senior to me in CMC. During these seventy years, we were like family, keeping in touch during good times and bad times. I always addressed him as Varkey Sar, out of respect like for a teacher and he was like a big brother for me. His smile was so sincere. His care and concern for the CMC family and the people at large were remarkable. Thank God for the productive and long life he enjoyed. Leela, Renju, Renu, Mark, Emily, and Liam, may God comfort you with the thought that he is without pain and suffering and that we will get to be with him in the presence of the Lord.
Lorne and Arly MacDonnellWe are saddened to hear of George’s passing. George was a wonderful loving gentle person. We have known George for many years, first meeting and sharing good times at Riverside church. George was a support to Lorne when Lorne had surgery. He was a calming influence. My dear friend Mary, may God comfort you and give you peace, now and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Joe and Renu and Mark and family With our heartfelt sympathy Lorne and Arly
Brent SmithI was so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Joe and I were good friends growing up together at the Riverside United Church Sunday School and were confirmed together. Joe, Renu and Mary I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Joe I pray that you will take comfort in knowing how much your dad loved you and how proud he was of you. Your friend Brent
Patricia Peters Dear Mary, Renu, and Joe, my sincere sympathy at George's passing. Wishing you peace and comfort in your memories and in the support of friends and family.
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