Busoga philanthropist Father Gerald Picavet has died aged 82.
The renowned Catholic priest succumbed to cardiac complications at Nile International Hospital in Jinja City on Wednesday.
He was on life support for the past four months.
He is expected to be buried in Buyala Village, Budondo Sub-county in Jinja District on Saturday.
Daudi Migereko, the chairperson Uganda Tourism Board, described Fr Picavet’s death as ‘a great loss to the country and catholic community’.
Fr Picavet has already been immortalized after a road in Jinja City that was named in his honour.
During the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency in Northern Uganda, Fr Picavet mobilised items, including clothes among others, to support victims, mainly widows and HIV/AIDS patients.
Some of Fr Picavet’s key accomplishments in Buyala Village include the construction of Enkabi church/centre, a forestry centre, vocational institute, Lubaga Students’ Centre, Lilian Foundation, an NGO focusing on the well-being of children and donating wheelchairs to People With Disabilities (PWDs) among others.
He was born in the Netherlands in 1938 but came to Uganda as a missionary in 1974 and until his death, he was staying in Buyala Village, Budondo Sub-county in Jinja district.