2 John 1 - And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there.
We were blessed with our most beloved Cana, affectionately called Canaye, in the afternoon of July 16, 1997. Canaye was welcomed by his mom, Beza, his dad Sudan, and his new big sister Leila (Galeila). From the beginning the siblings were a part of one another - just as in scripture: 2 John 1 - And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there.
Cana grew up in the Washington, D.C., metro area, attending Sandy Springs Friends School, and the Primary Day School, before graduating from Sidwell Friends in 2015, where he played soccer for the 2013 championship team. Cana completed his bachelor’s degree in economics at Villanova University in 2019 while serving on multiple Finance/Entrepreneurship societies. Cana was especially proud to serve as the Villanova Equity Team Lead.
After a successful summer internship, Cana joined Maximus as an associate. He was named the "COVID-Hero" recipient from the CEO for developing and managing a health-tracking app for essential workers, and served as the youngest panelist helping design and implement company-wide changes after the murder of George Floyd. This work shaped Cana’s drive to bring financial and operational benefits in financial institutions to marginalized communities. In 2022, Cana became an MBA Dean's Fellow at MIT Sloan school of Management, focusing on Investment Banking, Asset Management, and Business Analytics. As a member of Sloan’s Investment Banking Club and Quantitative Financial Markets Club, he was in his program’s finance track and a member of the Atlantic cohort. Cana was close with his core team, the Gulls.
Since childhood - Cana was intellectually curious, bold and fearless, teasingly mischievous, and had an incredibly deep, mature capacity to love. Those who knew Cana describe him as kind, warm and curious. Cana was very funny and took great pleasure in making his family and those around him laugh. And he was always looking toward the future, constantly planning, and strategizing to make a better way for his family, especially his mom, and those coming up after him. Cana spent a significant amount of his time, talent, and treasure volunteering and coaching underserved communities and youth. Cana was always confident that hard work and determination would help him achieve the high goals he set for himself.
Our family and the greater community mourns Canaye’s loss deeply. Cana’s impact and spirit is felt across his family of cousins, aunts, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and friends. Everyone who knew Cana - loved Cana.
And he loved us all