NEW DELHI, (C.M. Paul) – Salesian Brother Isaac Puthumana of Don Bosco Alaknanda died, Wednesday 13th March at 5.15 am in Holy Family Hospital New Delhi. He was 86 years old. His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon, 15 March.
Br Isaac was commonly remembered as a master builder because of some 30 buildings he put up in the Salesian provinces of Kolkata and New Delhi. Many of them he personally supervised, others he planned and directed by frequent visits and guidance as province Administrator.
“No one can gauge the enormous finance he has thus saved for the Congregation,” says former Salesian provincial of both Kolkata and New Delhi Fr Joseph Kizhekkekara.
Fr Kizhkekkara recalls, “huge sums of money have passed through his hands, but he always maintained a simple and austere way of life.”
Apart from being a builder, Br. Isaac has also been a great administrator. He served 15 years as Province Administrator, 9 years in Kolkata and 6 in Delhi and has also been administrator of several communities in the Provinces of Guwahati, Calcutta and Delhi.
But, those who know Br. Isaac closely marvel more at the “Wonderful Salesian” he has built up within.
He would demand quality work from his workers, but he always remained close to them as a caring person, even going to the point of building homes for the poorest among them.
Busy as he was throughout the day with the worries of administration and building works, he would take time off to be before the Eucharistic Lord in the quiet of the evening.
Br. Isaac was born in a family of 8 siblings, 4 of them became religious offering their lives and services to God. He left home at the age of 22 to join the Salesian novitiate in Shillong and professed on May 8th, 1952.