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Former Guam lt. governor passes away

HAGÅTÑA — Gov. Eddie Calvo has declared Guam in a state of mourning in honor of  former Lt. Gov. Edward Diego Reyes, who passed away in Honolulu early Sunday morning. He was 88.

“Today is a sad day for our island. Former Lt. Governor Reyes was a man who answered the call of duty to serve the nation as a member of the Air Force and then his island in public service,” Calvo said. “Christine and I send our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Lupe Reyes and the entire family.”

Born on Jan. 24, 1930, Reyes served as lt. governor from 1983 to 1987 under the late Gov. Ricardo Bordallo. He was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel

 “Lt. Governor Reyes will be missed. In his absence we note his legacy of leadership and public service. Madoka and I share our condolences with the Reyes family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all,” Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said.

Reyes was a Vietnam War veteran with several awards and honors. After 28 years in service, he retired from the U.S. Air Force to run with Bordallo in the 1982 gubernatorial race.

The Bordallo-Reyes team ran on the “People First” campaign slogan, beating the incumbent Gov. Paul McDonald Calvo, who ran with Peter F. Perez Jr.

Bordallo and Reyes sought re-election to a second term in 1986. However, Governor Bordallo was indicted in September 1986 on 11 counts of corruption. Reyes, who continued to support Bordallo as his running mate, was not implicated in the scandal and emerged from it with his reputation unscathed.

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Lt. Governor Eddie Reyes today. I had the pleasure of knowing Eddie for many years and the opportunity to work alongside him as Ricky’s lt. governor,” said Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, widow of Gov. Ricky Bordallo. “Eddie was a true statesman who loved our island of Guam and people dearly.”

Delegate Bordallo said Reyes “always answered the call to serve bravely. Though he was not a politician, Ricky and I saw something special in Eddie, and knew he was the man to serve as Lt. Governor alongside him. And when called to serve as Lt. Governor, Eddie once again answered bravely.”

Bordallo said Reyes embodied “People First” campaign slogan.

 “He always put the people of Guam first. Eddie was not just Ricky’s lt. governor, but our dear friend and mentor to me. I looked to Eddie often for guidance when I followed in his footsteps as lt. governor,” Bordallo said. “His work as lt. governor and throughout his life was an example of selflessness and service that I will always treasure.”

She described Reyes as “a man of compassion and integrity and served the island of Guam faithfully.”

Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz issued a statement on behalf of  34th Guam Legislature and the people of Guam.

 “We mourn the loss of former Lt. Gov. Edward “Eddie” D. Reyes. As a retired United States Air Force colonel, former lieutenant governor to Gov. Ricky Bordallo, and a lawmaker — he committed his life to the service of others and to the work of putting ‘people first.’

  “Though he has been called to his final rest, the light of his life lives on through those he touched with his quiet strength, kindness, and courage. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” Cruz said.