Yirdaw Gebre Selassie

Yirdaw Gebre Selassie passed away unexpectedly at Brigham & Women’s Hospital on October 3, 2018 in Boston, MA at the age of 58.

Yirdaw is survived by his children Betty and Leah; wife, Lydia; sisters, Almaz, Amsale, Aster, Zelekash, Kelemow; brothers, Alemu, Hiwot, and Bizuneh; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Yirdaw was born on January 23, 1960 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Leke and Gebre Selassie. He graduated from Tafari Makonnen High School. In the 1970’s, he became a political activist during The Revolution in Addis Ababa. As a result, he endured political persecution and torture before arriving in America in 1981 seeking asylum. After his arrival in Massachusetts, he sought to further his education while also helping to manage a family-owned business with his sister. He worked in biomedical engineering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA for more than 30 years. He lived in Holbrook, Massachusetts for 29 years. During this time, he and his wife welcomed 2 beautiful daughters into their home whom he loves deeply and dearly.

Yirdaw was accomplished as a biomedical equipment technician. He was a kind, generous and dedicated person who always found a way to bring joy to those around him. He was passionate about many things including family, friends, social justice, and his Ethiopian heritage. His ability to exude a gentle and humble nature while being a pillar of strength to support so many others was extraordinary. His light-hearted jokes, playful smile, and cheerful laughter will be sorely missed though never forgotten.

A wake is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Hurley Funeral Home, 134 S Main St in Randolph, MA. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, October 8th, also at Hurley Funeral Home in Randolph, MA. Following the service, he will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 245 North St in Randolph, MA. A reception will follow at St. Mary’s Church, 211 N Main St, in Randolph, MA.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Yirdaw's life.


First Name: KerrieAnn
Last Name: Jack
City: Boston
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 10/07/2018

Yirdaw, I’m sorry I can’t say goodbye to you in person but you will never be forgotten. Your smile, your gentle nature and most importantly the love you had for your daughters will never be forgotten. Every time we crossed paths you would ask me for my son and I would ask you for your girls. You loved talking about them.
Sleep in eternal peace.

First Name: EMILY
Last Name: M.
City: Peabody
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/08/2018

Zele and family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Hope that the all the good memories of Yirdaw help you during this difficult time.

My condolences,

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