Outgoing British High Commissioner Nic Hailey was among those paying tribute to the late Bob Collymore at a memorial service in honour of the Safaricom CEO who died on Monday after losing his long battle with Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML).
Representing the Diplmoatic Corps, Mr Hailey said that “It’s NOT the longest lives we remember but the ones that made the biggest impact.”
Illustrating his point, the British High Commissioner recalled Mr Collymore saying he wanted to make Safaricom the best place in Kenya for people with disabilities to work.
Commenting after the service, Mr Hailey said: “I was humbled to pay tribute to Bob today on behalf of the United Kingdom. His life and achievements will keep resonating here and around the world. He brought people together to make a difference.”
In a message to Kenyans the night before, Bob Collymore’s widow Wambui Kamiru had asked those attending not to wear black at the service as she wanted his life to be celebrated, not mourned, and for the Church to be colourful.
On Twitter, she thanked everyone for the overwhelming support she had received.
“I am overwhelmed by all the love and beautiful messages I have been receiving from you all here. It is a true testament to the character of the special man I was lucky to love. I can’t respond to all your messages but know that I have read and received your warmth. Thank you,” she wrote.