Ian Achira Ochola

1993 ~ 2021

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Ian Achira Ochola.

Ian passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ian was a peaceful, hardworking, incredibly resilient, strong and determined young man who was great at playing chess and enjoying classical music. He was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and completed his high school education at the prestigious Starehe Boys Center. Afterwards, through hard work and determination, he achieved his greatest dream by graduating from Cornell University, Class of 2021 and recently joined Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City.

We were incredibly blessed to have Ian as a son, brother, cousin, nephew, and a friend. Ian is survived by his family in Kenya – mother Anne Ochola, sisters Kate & Barbara Omao and in America – Ginny Grayden, Doug Keefe, Marie Richardson, Charllie & Nancy Trautmann, Reba McCutcheon and the greater Cornell Community that he considered his family. He was cheerful and always strived to be happy! He was truly our shooting star. He brought so much light and joy into our lives, but he left us too soon. He will surely live forever in our hearts, and we will miss his ever-contagious smile.

His funeral service and burial will be held in Kenya at a later date. The celebration of Ian’s life will also be held in Ithaca on November 6, 2021. Further information will be announced.

To celebrate Ian’s life and support his family members, we invite well-wishers to donate through any of the platforms below. We greatly appreciate your help and generosity.

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May Ian's soul rest in eternal peace. He is greatly missed and my heartfelt sympathy extends to his family. Fly with the angels, my friend.

Love Eternally,

Theresa Alando

- Theresa A