In memory of Bob Collymore: A life well lived

Bob Collymore was celebrated today in the memorial service that took place today at the All Saints Cathedral.

A picture of Bob Collymore during his happier times sat outside the All Saints Cathedral /PIC Samuel Wanjohi

According to a report by Capital News, “Interim Safaricom Chief Executive Officer, Michael Joseph, on Thursday (4.07.2019) described the late Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, as the bravest man he ever met during a memorial service in honor of the corporate leader who succumbed to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia on Monday aged 61.”

His wife  Wambui Kamiru, family and friends remained by his side before his untimely demise. According to an earlier report on The Sauce, he had been undergoing treatment in different hospitals and most recently in Aga Khan University Hospital.

Bob Collymore’s widow Wambui Kamiru surrounded by well-wishers including friend conscious Gospel signer Juliani.

The memorial service was well attended with political leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Party’s Kalonzo Musyoka also present. Kenya’s corporate figureheads including Capital FM’s Chris Kirubi, interim Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph, and Kenya Film Commission boss Chris Foot were also present to condole with mourners.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto shake hands at the memorial service. President Kenyatta gave a moving speech about the corporate titan/ PIC Samuel Wanjohi
President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, DP William Ruto, and former UK PM Tony Blair during the memorial service for the later Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. Pic Charles KimaniDPPS

Described as a ‘corporate titan’ Collymore inspired many through his brand of leadership which often had him reach down to his subordinates and peers to uplift, cultivate confidence and inspire the ability to reach for the stars. Safaricom centers across the country remained closed between 10 am and 2 pm to allow employees to attend the service.

Mourners in prayer at Collymore’s memorial service / PIC Samuel Wanjohi

The memorial was open to all, with mourners showing up in large numbers to remember a man whose life touched thousands. Collymore has a successful career spanning two decades in the telecommunication industry. He is credited for not only improving the local communications industry but also lifted the economy through various technological innovations.

Bob Collymore is survived by his wife Wambui Kamiru and 4 children.

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