Services

Visitation One

Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
10:30 am

St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land)

115 7th Street
Sugar Land , TX 77478.

Rosary

Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
11:00 am

St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land)

115 7th Street
Sugar Land , TX 77478.

Funeral Mass

Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
11:30 am

St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land)

115 7th Street
Sugar Land , TX 77478.

Graveside Service

Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
1:00 pm

Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery

12800 Westheimer
Houston , TX 77077.
Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
10:30 am
St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land)
115 7th Street
Sugar Land , TX 77478.
Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
11:00 am
St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land)
115 7th Street
Sugar Land , TX 77478.
Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
11:30 am
St. Theresa Catholic Church (Sugar Land)
115 7th Street
Sugar Land , TX 77478.
Mon. Jan. 4, 2021
1:00 pm
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
12800 Westheimer
Houston , TX 77077.
In Memory of
Sebastian J. Maliakkal
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Sebastian Maliakkal of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully at the age of eighty on December 28th, 2020 in his home in Sugar Land, Texas. He was born on December 16th, 1940 in Kerala, India to the late Professor Joseph Devassy Maliakkal and late Mary Vavoo Maliakkal. 

Sebastian Maliakkal grew up in the Trichur District of Kerala, India, and also in Mangalore, India. At the age of 19, he moved to Mumbai, India and began working as an accountant to help his mother and father support his younger brothers and sisters.  He was married to Elsie Mammen on September 16th, 1970. Sebastian and Elsie had two sons, Joseph and Mammen.  In 1978, Sebastian immigrated with his family to the United States and settled in Houston, Texas. Sebastian continued his work in accounting until his retirement in 2005. After retirement, Sebastian began his second career as a real estate agent, a job that he engaged in with great passion and was extremely successful in this endeavor to the benefit of his many clients.  Sebastian took great pride in the fact that every house that he put on the market he was able to sell, often with multiple offers.  As anyone who has met Sebastian knows, he was someone who loved people. He loved talking to, listening to, and being engaged in the lives of everyone he met. He was very active in the Malayalee community in Houston and will be greatly missed by his friends in this community.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Elsie Maliakkal; his two sons, Joseph and Mammen; daughter-in-law, Sonia, wife of Joseph; granddaughter Meghan; brothers and sisters, Raphael, George, Christina, Rev. Sr. Angeline, John, Nirmala, Dominic, Benedict, and Roy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Rose and Teresa.

Services will be held on Monday, January 4th, 2021 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugarland, Texas. Viewing will be at the church from 10:30am to 11am, followed by the recitation of the rosary. The funeral mass will begin at 11:30am. Burial will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Sebastian’s name be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (gifts.mdanderson.org).

The family would like to thank the caregivers who looked after Sebastian in the final months, and to everyone who has been so supportive and helpful. 

Charitable Donations may be made to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210. Website Link

Tributes

Message from
Nikhil (Son of Mini and Roy)
Sun, 01/03/2021

Uni Uncle was always a kind, welcoming presence to me as a child growing up in Texas. Unlike many elders in the family, he didn't take himself too seriously and was relaxed about the lines between generations. As a young kid I was a jokester, and he took it in good humor when I would poke his big belly or grab onto his mustache. Clearly, he was at peace with himself. His warmth and sense of humor was never put on, always relaxing. As a young man, I remember he and Elsi Aunty visiting New York and taking me to the New York Philharmonic. It was fun to see him dressed up in a tuxedo, participating in one of the wonders of global art. He came a long way from being a young man, sent north by his family, to provide for himself and those younger than him. His hard work in life created opportunities for his siblings that have redounded down to my generation. I am sure I would not be where I am today without his sacrifices. Thank you for everything, Uncle.

Message from
Mini Joseph
Mon, 01/04/2021

I first met Unnichettan & Elsichechi 29 years ago when I got engaged to Roy his youngest brother. Both of them were very welcoming and kind as I was trying to get used to living in the US and getting to know people in the large extended family. My favorite memory looking back is Unnichettan patiently teaching me how to drive and parallel park. I was terrified of going on the highway and would only drive in the neighborhood. One day Unnichettan told me to turn right and I did not realize that I was already on the highway, even though I was nervous, the very fact that I could drive on the highway, gave me the confidence that I could be able to drive here. Unnichettan and Elciechechi hosted our wedding in their house and the entire family was able to get together for the first time, He was a jolly person who was always smiling and always well dressed and happy. We have heard stories about him taking his youngest siblings to the movies, to buy new clothes and show them a good time when he visited them in Mangalore. He was generous and lived a good life. Praying that the family is comforted by all the good memories of him. May his soul rest in peace.

Message from
Liji Nellikkattil
Mon, 01/04/2021

We last met Sebastian uncle in summer 2019 when he enthusiastically took us around looking for houses even in the COVID pandemic. From the time we met him, thirteen years ago, he has always been the only realtor we have preferred to go with. I believe that would make us his clients but there was more to that relationship, I was always struck by his humility, pleasant and friendly behavior to everyone.
We did not know that he was sick so this notice has been a complete shock. His smiling face is all I remember since I read about him yesterday.
I offer my condolences to his wife and children and surely he will rest in peace conscious that he has indeed lived a good life. He is in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be an example of humility.