Lwanga E. Lwanga: Longtime Edmonds resident was passionate about life, learning and teaching

Lwanga E. Lwanga

LWANGA E. LWANGA, (88), of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Edmonds, WA), passed away peacefully on January 8th, 2023.

Lwanga was born approximately on October 30th in 1934, to Michael (Mickaeli) Kibuka and Elizabeth Lubewa in Masaka, Uganda, and was the last surviving sibling out of ten children. After graduating from secondary school in Uganda, he became a teacher in a local village. Eventually he would go on to study mathematics at the Universities of Michigan and Washington, immigrating to the United States in 1963.

An avid mathematician, he began to teach after graduation for the next forty years in both Michigan and Washington states in primary, secondary, and collegiate grade levels. Many of those years were spent teaching in the Northshore School District in Bothell, WA, primarily at Canyon Park Junior High.

Soon after launching his teaching career, Lwanga wed the former Martha Nsobya in 1971. They went on to raise four children: Michael Thomas (Mukasa, married to Maria), Mugagga Andrew (Kibuka, married to Monica), Mulumba Anthony (Mathias), and Anna Marie Nakyajja (married to Matt). He was also a grandfather to six children: Marianna Ariel, Alea Marie Eva, Mya Nicole, Micaela Elizabeth, Grant Michael, and Lila Mae. Additionally, he would mentor and influence, support and coach many, many other young children across the world throughout his life.

Lwanga was passionate about life, learning, and teaching. He enjoyed playing and coaching both soccer and tennis. Lwanga also enjoyed long road trips and sightseeing. He especially loved classical music and playing the piano (or organ) anywhere he had the chance: at church, in a mall, or at the local community center. Lwanga also made sure to extend a hand to those in need.

Lwanga and his wife Martha were long-time residents of the Edmonds & Lynnwood area from the 1980s until 2021, when they made the move to Arizona to spend the rest of their retirement. Their children all attended Meadowdale Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Lwanga was very much a fan of the small beachside town, and could often be found having an “Edmonds kind of day,” whether it be at the Senior Center, the beach, or one of the various downtown shops.

Anyone who knew Lwanga knew that he believed in God. He lived a life of faith, and he had an unwavering commitment to prayer.  He was preceded by his parents and siblings, but is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as “adopted” children.

The family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to 8354 E. Pueblo Ave, Mesa AZ 85208.

There will be a celebration of life officiated by his nephew Father Aloysius Ssensamba at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023, followed by a reception, at St. Thomas More Church in Lynnwood, WA.

  1. Llwanga Llwanga was the most delightful of men. It was always a pleasure and a treasure when I had a chance to spend some time with him.

    1. Jaajja Lwanga, Lwanga as you are well known and loved by so many of us from Uganda in particular from Narozari Parish in Masaka, you will be missed so much! You will always be at our hearts! We love you so much.
      Sincere condolences to Auntie Martha and the whole family.
      As we celebrate Jaaja Lwanga’s life, we THANK God for the Gift of his wonderful life and all what he shared with the poor.
      We thank God for the wonderful family, Auntie Martha, Michael, Andrew, Anthony and Anna Marie and all the grand children, for the great care and Love you shared with Jaajja Lwanga Lwanga. We will always Pray for you. Rest in Peace dear Jaajja Lwanga Lwanga.

    2. Lwanga was a member of our Knights of Columbus Council 5816 here in Lynnwood, WA, next door to Edmonds. He and I were both parishioners at St Thomas More, Lynnwood during my contacts with him. I found him to be a devoted Catholic, a decent human being, and a caring person. He will be missed

  2. Llwanga Llwanga was a beloved member of The Rotary Club of Edmonds. We had not seen him for some time after his move to Arizona, but he will be remembered as a kind and loving man who cared deeply about his family and community. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

    1. Llwanga was well known to the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers as well. He frequently made up at our club when his schedule interfered with his own club’s meetings. He was a good friend and big supporter of then Daybreakers Carol Schillios’ ‘Fabric of Life’ shop on 5th ave, which my wife Linda managed for Carol for several years.

  3. Llwanga was such a kind soul, passionate and intelligent man and so witty. He spent a lot of time at the old Edmonds Senior Center and was beloved by many. He always had a smile and the cutest soft chuckle when talking sports like tennis or football. He always commanded the room with his colorful clothing and walking stick. My condolences to his family and friends.

  4. We give thanks to the Almighty God, for the gift of life he gave his servant Lwanga. Jjaja Lwanga was a great figure in our community and we are lucky that we had a chance to talk to him and hear his voice, he was a man full of wisdom.

    His generous contributions to the causes of our alma mater Narozari Parish, are indelible marks for generations to come and very inspiring to all of us. God grant his soul a safe repose in heaven

    1. Mr. Lwanga was my math teacher years ago at Canyon Park Junior High. I remember how hard he worked to help me understand math and not give up. He believed that I could learn it and would patiently sit and re-explain a problem, several times if needed! He was an amazing teacher and will be greatly missed.

      1. Mr Lwanga Lwanga had been such a wonderful and caring man to his family and that of her wife, Martha Lwanga not forgetting everyone though family, workplace or not…
        We all continue thanking the Almighty God for his life mercy and all life fruitful doings that will continue lighting till the last generations. Our condolences to family, friends, workmates and everyone.
        May his soul rest in eternal peace.
        From Annet, Uganda-Gomba on behalf of the my sister’s family (Martha lwanga). God bless…

  5. I will always remember you my beloved uncle lwanga lwanga ,love and care really you were so so kind,my his soul rest in peace bye bye my uncle

  6. I will alway remeber you Uncle Lwanga Lwanga I cannot forget the last moment we had with you when I visited you in Arizona in November 2022.

    You were so kind and loving Uncle . Rest in peace uncle .

    1. I thank God for your life uncle Lwanga Lwanga, and for the many lives of widows. Children and youth that you touched through your charity. Your untiring service and support to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish commonly known as Narozari Parish will forever be remembered and cherished. My last encounter with you at Prism Hospice in Arizona will forever remain in my memory. Rest in peace Uncle Lwanga Lwanga.

  7. Jajja Lwanga Lwanga always I will remember you in my prayers for the time we spent with you at Narozali Parish. You have our hearts and thoughts.

  8. Uncle lwanga lwanga … the right hand in the family .. you supported everyone en your legacy shall remain forever.. May you rest in heaven en peace .. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.. Auntie Martha en family

  9. Will always be at heart dear dad,your love and compassion will always flow in my heart.
    May you rest in peace

  10. When the Lwanga family moved in next door, we enjoyed talking to Martha and Lwanga and their sense of humor.
    Their three sons played with our three. When Anna Marie was born Martha came over to show her to us and let our daughter (around 3 yrs. old) hold her. We loved having the best neighbors. My love and prayers go out to Martha and their children and grandchildren. God bless all of you.

  11. What a wonderful legacy. Lwanga Lwanga was my math teacher during one of his first years at Canyon Park Jr High. One of my favorite teachers there. I won’t always remember the Algebra, but I will always remember him. I never knew him outside the class or school soccer field, but send my best wishes to his family.

  12. Lwanga Lwanga was my math teacher at Canyon Park Jr High. He was one of my favorites and the most passionate math teacher I ever had! Such a kind and patient person. My condolences to his family.

  13. Mr. Lwanga, you were a teacher of mine back at Canyon Park Jr. High many years ago. To this day I still remember you and tell my children about the stories you would tell the students in class. Thank you for sharing your gift with so many. You left a smile on my heart over all of these years. RIP. You will be truly missed.

  14. Rest in peace Mr. Lwanga ❤️. Lwanga taught with my dad ( Lee Merrill) at Canyon Park Jr. High and would come to our house for lunch. When I became a student at CPJH dad was thrilled to make sure I was a student of Lwanga. While certainly not his star student I still remember much from that class and over the years as I’ve helped my boys with their Algebra I find myself quoting Lwanga Lwanga and often mimic his “blowing chalk of his fingers” His love was deeply evident for his students. My dad once said at the dinner table “Lwanga has a deep faith that is moving mountains” . Yes indeed- one student at a time….. To Mr. Lwanga’s family thank you for sharing your husband and father with so many students. He has left behind a legacy in every student and colleague that entered his classroom.

  15. I was a student of Lwanga at Canyon Park Junior High. For some reason, math at that time eluded me, but not for Lwanga’s lack of patience or trying. I too remember his blowing of the chalk fingers. I wish I knew then of his strong faith and some of these wonderful things I am reading now! Having spent so many years working in education I am so much more thankful for those who taught me and my peers looking back. I will be keeping his wife and family in my prayers as they move forward navigating without him. Thank you for sharing him with us all! Rest in Peace (and paradise) Lwanga!

  16. I had the good fortune to teach with Lawanga at Canyon Park for several years. He was a kind, somewhat shy intelligent man with an soft and engaging sense of humor. He founded at least one school back in Kenya and I remember gathering school supplies to help find a shipping container he was taking back to school. He was one of many exemplars I worked with at Canyon Park during those years.

  17. In the late Jjajja Lwanga Lwanga’s life, we saw what it means to receive the gift of life we have been given by God and through a selfless spirit he shared it to others in different ways.
    He lived the life of the beatitudes, his love should be a tale to generations and he is worth a crown. May the good Lord receive him in his heavenly kingdom

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