Abraham Abraham was born on July 13, 1929 in Ranni, Kerala, India as the son of the late Mathai and Annamma Abraham. His mother died when he was two years old, and he was raised by his loving father, along with his four brothers and three sisters in the Muruppel Kuzhikalayil family. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at a young age. While growing up in India, he was a member of the Indian Pentecostal Nellickamon Church.
After completing his education in Kerala and graduating from M.S. High School in Ranni, he emigrated to Southeast Asia in 1950. Starting in Singapore and then moving on to Malaysia and Brunei, he worked abroad in order to provide financial support for his father and his siblings in India. He started his career in Singapore with Harrisons & Crossfield (H&C) and rose through the ranks, eventually serving as a branch administrator for H&C until he left Brunei for the United States. While at H&C, he gained expertise as a marine claims adjuster and represented the globally-renowned Lloyds of London as their local agent. Concurrently, he was one of the founding members of the India Pentecostal Church (IPC) in Kuala Lumpur, in collaboration with the late Pastor M.V. Chacko Mundiyappally during his stay in Malaysia.
During a trip back to India to visit family, Abraham met his future wife, Aleyamma Grace Philip (Grace), daughter of Late Rev. A. G. Philip & Mrs. Mariamma Philip, Ayathil, Punalur, Kerala in a divinely-guided, life-changing encounter at the Bombay airport in 1972. After continued mail correspondence, they agreed to marry and were married on April 12, 1973. After the wedding, Grace joined him in Brunei where their son Akash was born in February 1974. The young family immigrated to the USA in January 1975 and their daughter Anita was born in December 1976 in New York.
Abraham lived in Queens, NY and Tappan, NY from 1975 through 2016. He worked as a marine claims adjuster with the insurance firms: AIG, Continental Insurance Company, and Toplis & Harding, Inc. (later known as McLarens Toplis). Throughout his career, he would lend a helping hand to all that needed one, by providing entry-level jobs in his industry whenever possible. Additionally, he was a founding member of India Christian Assembly, first located in the United Nations building in Manhattan, and then planted in Hollis, NY (now located in Levittown, NY). He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sunday school during the early days of this church.
He retired in 1996 and spent the majority of his retired life in Queens, NY. In January 2017, he and Grace moved to Laurel, MD to be near his daughter, Anita and family. His son, Akash, moved to Maryland soon after to ensure that he and Grace had all the care they required.
Abraham finished his race on November 18, 2019 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD due to natural causes, surrounded by his loving wife, children and other family members. He is survived by his wife Grace, son Akash, daughter Anita, son-in-law Edward, and granddaughter Elizabeth (Elsie).
Abraham was a compassionate and caring man and attended to his immediate and extended family in every way possible. His philosophy in life was that all of us are here for the purpose of helping each other. His helping hand has touched so many lives with remarkable, life-changing, long-lasting results. He believed that it was better to give than to receive, and his generosity will stand as a part of his legacy.
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