February 28, 1979June 7, 2021
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Bennyam Malavazi was born on February 28th 1979 at LaGuardia Hospital in Queens. He lived with his father Fekadu Malavazi and his mother Marta Malavazi in Queens. He attended elementary school at Our Lady of the Angles which he had completed with honors. He spent his childhood summers traveling throughout Africa, Asia and Europe with his father who was an architect. Bennyam attended Regis High in Manhattan and graduated from Carnegie University majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering/Economics in 2000. Ben was 42 years old when he passed away in New York City on Monday, June 7th, 2021. He was a truly special person, a rare and beautiful human being. Many people who knew Ben considered him their best friend, and he was universally respected and loved for his compassion, integrity, and infinite generosity. He always saw the light in people and brought that out of them, oftentimes when they couldn't even see it for themselves. He has been many people's pillar of strength in times of need and darkness, giving his time and resources selflessly and without second thought. Many of his colleagues and friends would attest that he is one of the most uniquely and authentically generous people they have ever met. He gave endlessly. Bennyam was a passionate and gifted software engineer. A man of vision and conviction. He started his career at Hewlett Packard in 2001. Over the last two decades, he provided his exceptional leadership and technical skills at Atheros Communications, Qualcomm, Gravity Mobile, CardFree, Kenzo Digital Media, LLC. and A.R.T. Advisors, LLC., as a Senior Software Engineer, Lead Software Engineer, Senior Android Developer and Software Architect Bennyam is survived by his mother Marta, whom he loved above all. The kindness, generosity, and comradery that he gave to so many people will be an enduring gift to those he touched in his life. It is an absolute privilege to those who knew him best, and they will forever be blessed with the eternal gift of his life. He will be missed deeply and dearly.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021



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Miku Girma

June 18, 2021

I’m still trying to process that you aren’t with us. So many more memories we would have had as we got older will never happen now. I will cherish all the once we had till the end my bro. May you have a peaceful journey.

Hanna Kebbede

June 18, 2021

Im stunned and saddened by the loss of my cousin Bennyam. In the past few years I was lucky enough to see more of him before he was taken too soon. And from what I knew, Ben was a genuine, compassionate, non judgemental, and authentic person. He would always check up on me. Whenever we texted, he offered me his purest advice, guidance, and encouragement. He asked questions, he listened, and he cared. I will never forget it. He was great with the everyone and had a certain sincerity about him that was refreshing and comforting. Which I miss now more than ever. Bennyam was an amazing soul, and that is thanks to aunt Tay Tay for doing such a good job raising him. I’m so sorry to Tay Tay and to everybody who is affected by this tragedy. I love you Bennyam.
May you Rest In Peace ❤️

Maciej Paluch

June 16, 2021

Ben: an incredible mind wrapped in an incredible friend. One day I will be able to process this, but not today. Goodbye, buddy.

Tique Oriol

June 16, 2021

I met Ben in college (1997) through our mutual friend James Martin, whom Ben went to Regis High School with. Ben was a fellow proud native New Yorker, was cool, had swag, and wasn't afraid to discuss insanely nerdy topics with me - no matter the time of day. In addition the the above, Ben loved my Descente Ski Jacket from college and years later he would get a even nicer one that we both loved. I'll miss the times we connected in NYC post school and also our nights out in SF. He would always check in on me to see how I was doing and we had plans to connect more often - sadly we didn't get to do so...I miss my friend.

Jessica Andrews

June 16, 2021

My dearest Ben,

I am deeply saddened by your loss. I miss you so much. I am forever grateful to have had you as my great friend. I will cherish our memories forever. You witnessed my daughter Natalia being born and loved her and I as your own family. I will always keep your memory alive in both are lives. I love you Benny Pooh!

Love your,
Jessy Pooh

Gedeon Bekele

June 15, 2021

Dear Ben,

I'm at a loss for words, you were such a great person who always listened and helped me out so much in life. Whatever problems I had you were always there to hear me out and helped discuss anything with me. You were the closest family member I had being the only guy cousin; and only relative who also grew up around New York. We could bond and talk about anything for hours and I considered you as a great friend/brother. I'm going to miss you so much man and was devastated when I heard what happened. Rest In Peace you were such a wonderful person who had gentle soul.

Tehetena Girma

June 14, 2021

To My Beloved Marta and Family,

I Love You, I Love You, I Love You All...
There are truly no words which can convey the sorrow we are feeling over the loss of your baby boy. Ben, you know the heartbreak and heartache of losing you is too devastating and unbearable for us here, we are praying for Igziabhaer to heal our broken hearts and bind up our wounds.

Bennyam, Bennyam, Bennyam,
What a blessing you are and will forever be. I am blessed to have known you and your loving family since our youth. Ben, you were indeed Mike and I's little brother, we had so much fun every time we got together, we were always learning something new and finding interesting things to do. I just loved being your big sister and looking out for you. We will never forget you Bennyam and all the wonderful memories we've made with our shared families, we will cherish. We will not forget your love and kindness, your sincerity and thoughtfulness. Ben you were truly genuine in heart and mind and you grew up to be a great man who made his mother and family so proud.

Bennyam, our brilliant baby brother, you've gone too soon and left us here to shine a bright light on the beautiful and wonderful memories you left us with, which we will continue to remember until we too meet our Maker.

Ben, you are so loved and missed by us all who are gathering in person and here online to remember and celebrate your life and the great impact you've made in our lives.

May you rest in perfect health in the bosom of Abraham for you are good.

You know I love you little bro,

Your big sister Mim

ራእይ 21 (Revelation)
4፤ እንባዎችንም ሁሉ ከዓይኖቻቸው ያብሳል፥ ሞትም ከእንግዲህ ወዲህ አይሆንም፥ ኀዘንም ቢሆን ወይም ጩኸት ወይም ሥቃይ ከእንግዲህ ወዲህ አይሆንም፥ የቀደመው ሥርዓት አልፎአልና፡ ብሎ ሲናገር ሰማሁ።

Revelation 21 (KJV) - ራእይ
4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Frehiwot Getachew

June 14, 2021

Martha and family,

No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. We pray that your heart and soul will find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

My family’s hearts are with you and your family🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Rest In Peace 🕯🕯🕯

Frehiwot Getachew

Fasika Demeke

June 14, 2021

Dear Marta and family,

There isn’t anything that anybody can say to make the heartache any easier. I just hope that God gives you the strength to get through the storm. I really am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news and I just hope that you can get some solace from the love and support from friends and family! Rest In Peace, Bennyam!

Mulusew Bekele

June 13, 2021

Ben, you will be deeply missed. You were taken too soon. Rest In Peace.