Tribute to Lubo Faisa, who donated his organs, remaining cremated and placed under Odaa Tree

Tribute to Lubo Faisa, who donated his organs for science & research and remaining cremated and placed under Odaa Tree

By The Oromo Christian Church of Toronto (TOCCT)

Lubo Teshome Ebba Faisa
April 26, 1993 – April 25, 2017

Lubo Teshome Ebba Faisa was born on April 26, 1993, in North York, Ontario Canada to his mother, Betenesh Kitila Obsia, and his father, Teshome Faisa. Lubo had one brother Jaalal Faisa born two years later.

Lubo attended kindergarten at North York, Ontario, before moving to the USA, Ohio, and attending Worthington Elementary School. The family moving from state to state was common due to the father’s work. The family moved to Michigan (2003) where Lubo attended Plymouth Canton Community School. The family then moved to their last US state, Indiana (2006). Lubo and Jaalal attended Calvary Lutheran School and Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. After Lubo graduated, the family moved back to Canada (2011). Lubo attended UOttawa for a Bachelor’s Degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, expecting to graduate in 2016.

Lubo was working part-time for Public Health Agency of Canada for Emergency Preparedness and Response. He was employed July 2015 – April 2016. Before that, he volunteered for Myungsung Christian Medical Centre Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a pharmacist assistant (2013).

Lubo was a social butterfly. He actively participated in campus activities like Societies: iGEM (Synthetic Biology), Chinese Student Association, Korean Stu. Association, and Competitive Intramural Soccer as a captain. Lubo had many life-long friends and a loving partner— Quinn Philippe.

Before he was able to graduate his final semester, Lubo was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma Cancer in February, 2016. He was treated at both the Ottawa General Hospital, Canada, and Mayo Clinic Minneapolis, MN where he received chemo therapy and radiation therapy. The cancerous tumors he had rapidly progressed from his thigh to his lung and heart.  After a year of fighting cancer and never giving up hope, Lubo passed away at Ottawa General Hospital on April 25, 2017 at 11:30 PM, which was 30 minutes before his 24th birthday. Lubo’s last wishes- wishes he gave to his family and partner on his deathbed- were to donate his organs for science & research. The remainder of his body is to be cremated and eventually placed under an Odaa Tree by his family and his partner.

“And God Will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21: 4


  1. Very sad and heartbreaking story; It is a tragedy for his family and partner. Let Waaqa help his family. The Oromo family also lost a promising young man.

    • Yes. I spoke to his dad today. He was happy to tell me about the son he lost and the remaining one. My his sol rest under the Oda tree!!

  2. This is very sad, may his soul rest in peace. Waqayoo jajabina issa maatifi firoota issaf haa kenuu.

  3. Waaqayyoo boqonnaa barbaadaa siif haa kennu! Nagaan boqodhu Lubo!
    Hiriyoota, maatiif firoota isaa hundaaf ammoo obsaaf jajjabina isaa isiniif haa kennu!! Jabaadhaa.
    Let him Rest In Peace!!


  4. We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Lubo, a loved family member to us all. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. He is gone from our sights, but never from our hearts and we pray that his story will touch many lives. Rest in Peace ? – The Dinegde family.

  5. Gooftaatti kan jaallatamtan Harmee Luboo Beetee, Abbaa Luboo Tashoomaa fi Oboleessa Luboo Jaalal.
    Waa’ee dadhabuu Luboo jaallatamaa ilma keessaanii fi Obboleessaa, abbaa jaalala kan dhageenye amma. Kuni ammoo hedduu nu naasise, nu gaddisiise, nu boossisees. Keessumaa yeroo darbee dhufee maatiin keenyaan walbaree nu bira bubbulee yaadannoo jaalala cimaa nutti hambise. Utuu umurii hinqufiin waan baayyeen isa fuuldura jiruu karaatti hafuun hedduu nu gaddisiisa. Isini ammoo caalaatti garaa keessan maddeessa. Gaddi isini gadditan nuunis hedduu gaddisiisa. Garuu Waan goonuu hin qabnuu waan ta’eef jechatu nutti hirrata.
    Garuu egaa Waaqayyoo gaafa nama uumuu hammam akka inni lafa kana irraa jiraatee garaa isaa dhufu murteessa. Kun harka namaa hin jiru. Maaliif kun akka ta’ees kan beekuu Waaqa uumaa qofaa dha. Kanaaf waa gochuun hin danda’amu. Waaqayyoo immimmaan gaddaa isinittii ha haqau. Garaa keessan gaddaan mada’aae hafayyisu. Hafuura Qulqulluu isa hundumaa caalaa nama jajjabeessu isiniif ha ergu. Jabaadhaa
    Maatii Luba Bantii Ujuluu hundaa irraa

  6. I knew some of his relatives. Since they didn’t know much about organ donation and creamation, the shock was harder on them. Let God comfort them

  7. We the (Oromo Christian Ministry Room) family, at are so heart broken at the sad news of the loss of our dearest sister Betenesh, who is known to us by the nickname (aadde roobbaa). We have been praying for the healing of Lubo ever since we knew. But sadly, the Lord chose to call this young brilliant man home so early. This is one of the saddest moments in human life. Our deepest sympathy and prayer to you our sister Bete and the Lubo family and friends. The Bible says “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalms 55:22. We pray that the Lord sustain you and see you through this time of sorrow, in the name our Lord Jesus. Amen. Our love to ever more ad roobbaa.

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