(Founder and CEO of Lee Funeral home Mr John S Lee. Photo courtesy)
The Lee Funeral home was founded in 1987 by ex cop John S Lee.
According to John Lee, white settlers and rich Indian businessmen approached him complaining that the only funeral home in the city, City Mortuary, did not meet their expectations and thus did not want to use it.
Lee was approached out of fact he had expressed interest in building a funeral home. Then came Sir Charles Njonjo who endorsed the idea, alongside an agreement to make it a funeral home for Nairobi Hospital, an hospital that had been associated with Kenya’s elite class since independence.
Lee proceeded to set up Lee Funeral Home that opened its doors in 1987. Since then, the funeral home has continued to enjoy the monopoly of preserving the remains of Kenya’s elite class. Notable figures who have been preserved there include Lucy Kibaki, Gen. Nkaissery, Prof. Saitoti, many others and now former President Daniel Moi who passed away this week.
Other than these elites, Lee Funeral Home is a busy place particularly when it comes to preservation and expatriation of the remains of diplomats and other wealthy individuals whose life end in Kenya. The facility’s costs remain highly secretive, but those in the know say it’s very very expensive.
(Additional reporting by Nyamwange Ombuna)