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In memoriam
August 01, 2022

Dr. Adebusola Onabajo A. Onayemi


It is with great sadness that the family of the Reverend Dr. Adébùsọ́lá (Bùsọ́lá) Ọnǎbàjò Ayọ̌dèjì Olúṣọlá Sunday Ọnǎyẹmí announces his sudden passing on Aug. 1, 2022.

Bùsọ́lá was born on May 6, 1951 to proud parents Joshua Adeyemo and Christiana Adetunji Ọnǎyẹmí at Wusasa Hospital in Zaria, Nigeria. He lived a life of service sharing his many gifts with all who had the pleasure of meeting him along his remarkable journey. Known for his curiosity, intelligence and sense of humour, Bùsọ́lá could fill a room with laughter recanting stories of his past or bring peace and comfort in difficult times with his presence alone.

Bùsọ́lá was a lifelong student. He completed his elementary schooling at St. John’s Primary School Iloro Ilesha (under the guardianship of his aunt and uncle Yeye D.A. Jadesimi and the Rt. Rev. I.G.A. Jadesimi) before attending Christ School Ado Ekiti and Ijebu Ode Grammar School for his secondary school education. He then attended the University of Ibadan and University College Hospital for medical school where he earned a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery. After finishing medical school, Bùsọ́lá completed his Housemanship and National Youth Corps Service.

It was during his time at NYCS when Bùsọ́lá met the love of his life, Mobisola Ohunene Ọnǎyẹmí (née Ajayi) a track athlete for Kwara State. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Toronto, Canada. Mobisola eventually joined him and the couple continued to build their life and family together.

Bùsọ́lá completed his residency at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital before pursuing his specialization in obstetric anesthesiology at the Toronto Women’s College Hospital. While Bùsọ́lá practiced at many hospitals throughout Ontario, he spent much of his career at St. Mary’s Hospital and Plummer Memorial Public Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., as well as at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ont.

Bùsọ́lá was a man of incredible faith, and his faith led him to attend Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto where he completed his master of divinity. Upon completing his master's and subsequent training, Bùsọ́lá became an ordained minister and served as an honorary pastor at Celebration Church Barrie. Over the years, Bùsọ́lá’s sermons and spiritual leadership inspired the congregation at Celebration Church. He was also frequently called upon to preside over and give blessings for milestone events in the lives of so many family and friends, regularly hosting naming ceremonies, house blessings and celebrations of life. Bùsọ́lá approached each of these events with a true sense of duty and pride with every detail accounted for from scripture to music and programs.

When Bùsọ́lá’s health presented challenges to his ability to continue practising anesthesiology, he decided to become a registered psychotherapist. He immersed himself in his new practice, studying tirelessly. Soon his schedule was full of new patients whose lives he quickly touched and changed.

Aside from his medical practice and his ministerial duties, Bùsọ́lá still found the time to get involved in many ventures including, authoring several books teaching the Yoruba language, co-publishing a Yoruba dictionary with professor Pamela Smith, serving as a founding member and former president of the Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists and former chairman of the board of directors of the Yoruba Community Association.

Bùsọ́lá was a brilliant doctor, spiritual leader and humanitarian, language specialist and culture preservationist, patient teacher and a kind and gentle soul with a passion for learning and community service.

Where he was called to share his gifts, he went and brought all of himself to bear on what was asked of him. Now as he is called home, Bùsọ́lá will be missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Mobisola, his mother-in-law Dame Caroline Ajayi, his daughters Adedolapo Magennis (Andrew), Abimbola Kiassati (Artin), his sons Adedoyin Ọnǎyẹmí (Oluwafunmilayo), Oladipo Ọnǎyẹmí (Krista), his grandchildren, Malcolm Àbáyọ̀mí Magennis, Myles Ayọ̌dèjì Magennis, Olúwáṣẹ́gunfúnmi Tolúlọpẹ́ Ọnǎyẹmí, Olúwáṣèyífúnmi Tèmítọ́pẹ́ Ọnǎyẹmí, Olúwáṣeunfúnmi Títílayọ̀ Ọnǎyẹmí, Aniyah Caroline Olúwádámilọ́lá Ọnǎyẹmí and Àlàní Atinúkẹ́ Kiassati. He will also be missed by his siblings, Abayomi Ọnǎyẹmí (Valerie), the late Abisola Rowaiye, Adejumoke Bako (George), Oluwagbemiga Ọnǎyẹmí (Oye), Adepeju Ọnǎyẹmí, and Adekunle Ọnǎyẹmí (Kathy) and his many nieces and nephews. His in-laws Opeyemi Leramoh (late Musa), Bolarin Ajayi (late Nike), Tokunbo Ajayi, Felix Ajayi (Andrea), Anuoluwapo Ajayi, Akundayo Sunni (Oluwayfemi), Joy Mojisola Fasoranti (Olumuyiwa) and Abosede Salis. Bùsọ́lá will be fondly remembered by his friends and family in Canada, Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and around the world.

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View a recording of his funeral service.