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Former Senator Kumoi passes away

FORMER Sen. Ramon Kumoi Santos Deleon Guerrero passed away in Guam on Tuesday at the age of 71. His remains will be brought to Saipan for a memorial service.

On Thursday, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres said “as a mark of respect for the life and service of the late [former senator], I hereby order that the flag of the commonwealth, together with the flag of the United States, shall be flown at half-staff at the Juan Atalig Sablan Memorial Building and upon all public buildings, instrumentalities, and grounds until the day of his interment.”

Kumoi was born on Sept. 19, 1946 and his parents were Josepha Santos and Jesus Diaz Deleon Guerrero.

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He is survived by his wife Ramona Villagomez Deleon Guerrero, and sisters Isabel Deleon Guerrero, Angelina Deleon Guerrero and Cathy Deleon Guerrero.

Kumoi, who served as senator from 2000 to 2004, was the executive director of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. during the administration of Gov. Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero (1990-1994).

In 2009, he unsuccessfully ran for governor.

His former colleagues in the Senate, Paul A. Manglona and Pete P. Reyes, remember him as “a man of principles.”

“I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Senator Deleon Guerrero’s family, relatives, and friends,” Senator Manglona said. “I will always remember Senator Kumoi as an eloquent debater and a strong leader. His term in the Senate reflected his passion for fighting injustice and addressing our islands’ infrastructure needs.”

Former Senator Reyes said Kumoi “left us with a many colorful memories…. He was very outspoken. He was a good leader, and the kind of person who didn’t care what other people might think of him as long as he believed that what he was doing was right and for the benefit of the people.”

Reyes said he and Kumoi “believed in the same principles. He was a man of principles. Sometimes, we disagreed on things, but he always had my respect. He was my friend, my uncle and colleague.”

The responso and viewing service will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at Borja Funeral Home, Divine Mercy Chapel from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mount Carmel Cathedral at 3 p.m. Interment service will follow immediately at the Chalan Kanoa Cemetery.