Hundreds of mourners thronged St John’s Cathedral, Kabarole, to pay their last respects to the proprietor of Kalita Bus Company, Patrick Lucky.
The casket arrived at Kitumba, four kilometres to Fort Portal town and was received by hundreds of mourners. They started marching from Kitumba up to St John’s Cathedral. The mourners were accompanied by a brass band and several boda boda cyclists.
The casket which was in the Uganda Funeral Service vehicle was led by a traffic police vehicle.
When the casket reached St John’s Cathedral, it was received at the entrance of the cathedral by the Ruwenzori Diocese Sub Dean Rev Ezra Busobozi and the retired Bishop Ruwenzori Diocese, Eustace Kamanyiire.
The casket was then ushered into the cathedral and members of the public paid their last respects, which lasted close to two hours.
After the public viewing, the widow Loy Kaganda, the children, Tooro Kingdom regents, Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and the clergy laid wreaths on the casket.
The cathedral was packed to capacity. Three large tents were erected outside the compound of the cathedral to accommodate the large number of mourners.
In a speech read by Tooro Kingdom regent, Rev. Richard Baguma, the King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru said that the Tooro region has lost an entrepreneur who had put the Tooro region on the map through the transport sector.
King Oyo said that his widow and children should emulate the legacy of Lucky and ensure that the business is well managed and doesn’t collapse.
Lucky aged 44 years died on Monday at the Heart Institute, Mulago Hospital after battling Cancer since 2009.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday at his ancestral home in Muhangi village, Butiti Sub County, Kyejonjo District.
Lucky was one of the first businessmen in Tooro to introduce bus transport services, linking Tooro region to some parts of the country.
In 2009, he introduced buses that ply the Kampala-Nairobi road.