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Brent David Potts

13 June, 197010 April, 2021
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With sadness and broken hearts, we announce that Brent David Potts passed away on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at the age of 50.

Brent was a compassionate, generous, and thoughtful man. He worked for Salama Shield and several other NGO’s in a consulting capacity in Uganda and other African countries for 25 years. Brent enjoyed cooking, fellowship, telling stories, and talking to everybody. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his wife Irene, children Isaac, Aaron, Adrian, and Alexis, parents Jim and Shirley Potts, brothers Brian Potts and Jeff Potts (Nancy), and many more extended family members and friends. Brent was predeceased by his parents-in-law Adrian and Faith Rutaisire. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private Memorial Service will be held at Trillium United Church in Cambridge. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Salama Shield Foundation.

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Eric James

18 April 2021

Brent was a true humanitarian and a great colleague (at ARC). I'm deeply sorry for his passing.

Henk Jonker

17 April 2021

I remember we met often at Harriet's bar; our watering hole in Mengo Kampala...All of us expatriots in the neighbourhood could be found there almost every evening after work between 6 and dinnertime and in the weekends..It was our second living room... Brent would be a permanent fixture on the terrace and an avid backgammon player and often beat me because he played such a tight game even though winning was by and large based on luck....He would inform me of "how great the chances were of throwing doubles" and other things that betray a keen mind and great foresight and whenever he came up with a thought or an idea he would use "the Socratic method" of reasoning whereby his conclusion was posited first and thereafter his solid and logical justification for it...He hated paying too much for something, be it a rolex or a new shirt or anything and when one fine day an unfortunate boda boda driver overcharged him on the usual short ride home he stood his ground and refused to pay the exaggerated fee come hell or high water...When his great friend Dominic was still alive on Banda, a paradise island situated in lake Victoria he would love to spend days there, as did we, and relax and play more backgammon and wax lyrical while looking at the view and listening to the birds and the crickets and forget that he would sometimes worry too much about life...

Peter Sentongo

15 April 2021

I can’t believe it when I hard the news he was my boss when I was still in High school. He was a good man RIP

Julian Mutoni

15 April 2021

Dear Brent,

There is no best eulogy for you.
I could write a book about you and it would never end.
From being a friend, a father , a mother and my personal diary. Thank you for the laughter, the love, and most of all for opening your house to me. Sleep well sleep well.......😢😢😢😢

Jacqueline Peart

15 April 2021

Brent was a new friend and someone who made a deep impression on me. He was thoughtful and a deep thinker. Our conversations were sincere and insightful. He was someone who always strived to keep his word, and he often did. I will miss him and pray for God's comfort for his grieving family and friends. May his good works follow after him and may his soul rest in peace.

Nancy Newton

15 April 2021

Jim , Shirley and family ...we were both so saddened to read of Brent’s passing yesterday. To loose a child at any age is unbearably painful
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers
Don and Nancy Tikkala ( St Paul’s family)

Moses Kayihura

14 April 2021

To say Brent was a brother-in-law would be an understatement. He was a brother, full of constructive ideas in every department of life. We'll miss his jokes, Brent leaves us with fond memories.
My heart bleeds for a Brother, Husband, Father, Son, Uncle, sleep well dear Brent

BRIAN Potts

14 April 2021

On one of Brent's trips back home I picked him up at the airport in Toronto as usual, but instead of going to mom and dad's we headed in the other direction. We went Bellville for an Alan Doyle concert. He was working for Habitat for Humanity at the time and had three Habitat T-Shirts with him that he gave away to people that night. One to a family that admired our safari shoes, one to a a girl at the concert with her parents after he talk to her about the importance of traveling and understanding different cultures. I can't recall who got the third one. That was a great night and I always loved our adventures together.

Alfred (Freddie) Talamantes

14 April 2021

I first met Brent when he was residing at Kampala Back Packers(I think around '99?). We hit it off pretty well right off the bat. I was a regular at that fine establishment so we were able to hook up frequently, I must say. Brent had an ability I longed to acquire. He had mastered the art of operating the computer and I just happened to have a new one that I was kind of lacking in this department....though I did master the ability to turn it on & off. Brent agreed to assist me in grasping the basics. I'm sure he quickly regretted that decision...but we were friends ever since. He was truly a generous, ķind & loving human being. Who would happily give the shirt off his back. I will truley miss his witty humor or too break out into a song(even if was a crappy one that I hated.). I will always reflect on the fun times, great memories. You help make life a little more of a adventure! Love you brother & til we meet again....

Apollo Leeman Becura

13 April 2021

It's my big loss. Brent was my Country Director at American Refugee Committee in Uganda for many years. He was like my brother and so we kept a close relationship with family. God protect Irene and kids.

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