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March 7, 1949 - November 23, 2021

Viewing will be held on November 27, 2021 at Nativity Catholic Church, 5220 Johnson St, Hollywood, FL 33021, at 10am. Funeral Mass to follow at 11am at Nativity Catholic Church. Deacon Chandy will be laid to rest at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North. Reception to follow at Nativity Catholic Church Parish Hall. Donations can be made to Respect Life - Hollywood in memory of Deacon Chandy Luka. THE FAMILY HAS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED NO PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS DURING ANY OF THE FUNERAL SERVICES.

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Deacon Chandy Luka passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife, Mariamma Chandy (Lisy), at his home on November 23, 2021.

Deacon Chandy is survived by Lisy, his devoted wife of 49 years; his eldest daughter Dalia Howard, her husband James Howard, and his grandchildren Joshua and Gabrielle; his youngest daughter Annie Akkara, her husband David Akkara, and his grandchildren Aidan and Ava.

He is also survived by his mother, Aleykutty Lukose; his siblings Abraham, Chacko, Joseph, Thomas, Mary, and Tessy; sisters-in-law Flory, Mary, Molly, and Lizzy; brothers-in-law Banarjee and Joseph; his wife’s family Mary and Joseph, Philomina and Thomas, and Jolly and Benny; and many nieces and nephews.

Deacon Chandy was born in Kerala, India, on March 7, 1949. He received his degree from Vikram University and served in the Indian Air Force for 9 years. On September 4, 1972, he married his wife Lisy. He immigrated to the United States in 1975. In 1981, he and Lisy moved into their forever home in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where many cherished memories were made.

Deacon Chandy worked in the airline industry for over 35 years. He received a business management degree from the University of Miami.

Deacon Chandy was a very active member of the South Florida Indian community. As a creative person, he even wrote plays that were performed for the community. In 2013, he retired to focus on his service to the Catholic Church, his grandkids, and volunteer work.

He volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity soup kitchen in Miami with Lisy and continued for over 25 years. He was also a Lay Missionary of Charity. In 2005, he was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Miami and began service at Nativity Catholic Church in Hollywood, Florida.

He and his wife established the Indian community prayer group which continued for 22 years at the Nativity Our Lady of the Smile Shrine. Deacon Chandy also served as a volunteer Chaplain for Memorial Regional Hospital and as a Chaplain for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In addition, he and Lisy went on many pilgrimage trips to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He was a devoted father who had immense pride in his daughters. He celebrated every one of their accomplishments while providing them with guidance, love, and support. He was a world traveler and shared his passion with his daughters as he took them to exciting countries. He appreciated a good joke, and his smile is unforgettable to all of his loved ones. He was an unwavering fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes. He never missed a game.

His four grandkids were a source of great pride, and each one brought him endless joy. His biggest gift to his daughters and grandchildren was his Catholic faith. His biggest gift to his wife was his unwavering devotion.

Deacon Chandy will always be missed with love by his family and friends.

Viewing will be held on November 27, 2021 at Nativity Catholic Church, 5220 Johnson St, Hollywood, FL 33021, at 10am. Funeral Mass to follow at 11am at Nativity Catholic Church. Deacon Chandy will be laid to rest at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North. Reception to follow at Nativity Catholic Church Parish Hall. Donations can be made to Respect Life – Hollywood in memory of Deacon Chandy Luka. THE FAMILY HAS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED NO PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS DURING ANY OF THE FUNERAL SERVICES.