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Emotional tributes paid to cyclist at funeral
The cyclist killed on Great Cambridge Road last month will be buried in Uganda on Wednesday.
Friends and family paid their respects to Frank Mugisha, 41, in a packed funeral service last Friday at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Nags Head Road, Enfield.
More than 300 people piled into the church to celebrate the life of the cyclist, who died after he was struck by a car in Great Cambridge Road, Tottenham, on March 27.
However, Mr Mugisha, who was originally from Uganda, was repatriated on Saturday to be buried in his home country.
His daughter Kelsey gave an emotional eulogy at the end of the service, remembering her father as a sports enthusiast and a family man.
She said her father always stressed the importance of living an active life, and would often play football and tennis with his children as well as going cycling.
He also shared a secret handshake with his two daughters and would make sure they opted for water instead of fizzy drinks to ensure they kept as healthy as possible.
Kelsey, who is still in shock that her father is no longer with her, said he is “always in my heart, never apart.”
His closest friends and family each wore special RIP t-shirts with a photograph of Mr Mugisha on the front, along with the date of his death, as a mark of respect for their loved one.
Close friend Humphrey Kasule, 31, who helped organise the funeral, remembered Mr Mugisha as a man who has a “love for life.”
Mr Kasule, who met Mr Mugisha five years ago, said his friend was “an angel walking the streets” and will be sorely missed.
Reverend John Shewring, who led the service, was clearly moved and said Mr Mugisha’s sudden death is “very tragic” and “very sad.”
At the end of the funeral, which lasted for an hour-and-a-half, flowers were left in Great Cambridge Road at the junction with White Hart Lane where Mr Mugisha was hit by a car.
After floral tributes were laid, guests moved to the Nile Bar in West Green Road in Tottenham to celebrate Mr Mugisha’s life.
The inquest into Mr Mugisha's death was postponed for six months on Thursday, April 19, to allow police more time to investigate.