Uncle Adam Senyonga, a man of the People, Abruptly Dies

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The late Uncle Adam Senyonga

By Samuel Muwanguzi

In Summary: His home had become the defacto ‘community center’ of joy for all Ugandans living within the DFW area. He was a man with a big heart; generous, jovial, welcoming, and easy to love and difficult to hate. He was a man of the people; engaged in all community activities and hosted many social functions at his residence, an open and warm dwelling. With his wife Aunt Betty, the couple welcomed, fathered, mothered, and grandparented all; young and old. Africans in the Diaspora living in DFW area and many others across racial, class, color, gender, and generational divides found a welcoming space at 2969 Timber creek Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76118. Uncle Adam Senyonga has gone too soon for the community to comprehend. He simply vanished without warning; no sickness, no goodbye to those he loved and those who dearly loved him. The gap he leaves in the Ugandan community living within DFW area is too huge to fill. To those living, the challenge he has left is to immortalize his legacy, a personable personality that endeared many to him, to his home, and to his family. No amount of words can express the extent to which the Ugandan community is grieving and enduring the demise of Uncle Adam Senyonga, the man of the people.  His sudden death has shocked the entire community into a frantic soul-searching exercise to perfect their own imperfections before their individualized and unknown minute, hour, and day will finally strike. Uncle Adam, you have challenged us, put us on the spot, confused us, beaten us black and blue, and sent us into disarray.  Meanwhile, a daily vigil is ongoing at his residence at 2969 Timber creek Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76118. Plans to raise funds to transport the body of the late Uncle Adam Senyonga to Uganda for burial are also in full swing. An App, Square Cash Send Money for Free has been created to download and send contributions (money) through the phone number of Rita Naiga (817) 986 4221. A go fund me account to cover funeral expenses for Uncle Adam has also been opened at:  https://www.gofundme.com/2tend74y?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=invite_n

Contributors are requested to make donations and help in spreading the word about this humanitarian cause. We will do what is humanly possible to pay our respects to your remains and emulate your good deeds. We wish we could do a little more or somewhat better. But alas, we, like you, were, and still are, woefully inadequate. RIP, our Uncle, father, Jjajja, brother, and mukwano gwa bangi, Adam! 

Fort Worth, Texas—Uncle Adam Senyonga, as he was popularly known, died suddenly Friday October 07 at around 6:00PM. According to a family source, Uncle Adam Senyonga collapsed in the bathroom at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) international airport and was pronounced dead by medical authorities at the neighboring Baylor Hospital in Grapevine where he was rushed by 911. Family sources say he had just dropped a passenger from Lovefield Airport to DFW airport after 5:45PM when he went to the bathroom, threw-up, and collapsed. “This could all have happened within 15 minutes after he had gone through the toll way at DFW International Airport at 5:45PM, dropped the passenger off, went to the bathroom, threw-up, collapsed, and was found at 6:00PM,” a member of the family told mourners who rushed to his residence in Fort Worth Friday night.

The cause of Uncle Adam Senyonga’s sudden death is not yet known as the post mortem report has not yet been released by Baylor Hospital where his body was kept after he was pronounced dead in the emergency room Friday evening. A family member who was contacted by hospital authorities and found the deceased’s body in the hospital emergence room told mourners that although medics tried to resuscitate him, it was too late and their efforts were futile. Uncle Adam Senyonga is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Aunt Betty Senyonga. “His abrupt death has ruined this address of joy,” lamented the wife as she broke into sporadic bouts of grief for her departed friend. Mourners acquiesced in empathy as they consoled and comforted her. Messages of condolences to the bereaved family from relatives and friends continue flowing in from across the United States, Uganda, and elsewhere expressing shock at the abrupt death of Uncle Adam Senyonga.

Meanwhile, a daily vigil is ongoing at his residence at 2969 Timber creek Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76118. Plans to raise funds to transport the body of the late Uncle Adam Senyonga to Uganda for burial are in full swing. An App, Square Cash Send Money for Free has been created to download and send contributions (money) through the phone number of Rita Naiga (817) 986 4221. A go fund me account to cover funeral expenses for Uncle Adam has also been opened at: https://www.gofundme.com/2tend74y?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=invite_n

Contributors are requested to make donations and help in spreading the word about this humanitarian cause.

The home of our fallen friend had become the defacto ‘community center’ for all Ugandans living within the DFW area. He was a man with a big heart; generous, jovial, welcoming, and easy to love and difficult to hate. He was a man of the people; engaged in all community activities and hosted many social functions at his residence, an open and warm dwelling. With his wife Aunt Betty, the couple welcomed, fathered, mothered, mentored, and grandparented all; young and old. Africans in the Diaspora living in DFW area and many others across racial, class, color, gender, and generational divides found a welcome space at 2969 Timber creek Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76118. Uncle Adam Senyonga has gone too soon for the community to comprehend. He simply vanished without warning; no sickness, no goodbye to those he loved and those who dearly loved him.  The gap he leaves in the Ugandan community living within DFW area is too huge to fill. To the living, the challenge he has left is to immortalize his legacy, a personable personality that endeared many to him, to his home, and to his family. No amount of words can express the extent to which the Ugandan community is grieving and enduring the demise of the beloved Uncle Adam Senyonga, the man of the people.

In the group photo, the fallen Uncle Adam Senyonga, a man of the people as seen in the second row, second from right, was always at hand to attend any social function involving members of the Ugandan community living in the DFW area regardless of tribe, religion, gender, age, or class.

His sudden death has shocked the entire community into a frantic soul-searching exercise to perfect their own imperfections before their individualized and unknown minute, hour, and day will strike. Uncle Adam, you have challenged us, put us on the spot, confused us, beaten us black and blue, and sent us into disarray. Your demise has been so untimely and will be too difficult to grasp, let alone come to terms with. But you made your mark on this world. You fought your good fight and while you lived, you accounted for your very existence to your maker towards the betterment of humanity. We commit your soul to the one who created you and the one who has taken you. Neither you nor we had a hand in this untimely timing. It was beyond you and us. We will do what is humanly possible to pay our respects to your remains and emulate your good deeds. We wish we could do a little more or somewhat better. But alas, we, like you, were, and still are, woefully inadequate. RIP, our Uncle, father, Jjajja, brother, and mukwano gwa bangi, Adam!

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