GUAM MOURNS FORMER SENATOR, CHAMORRO ADVOCATE

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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 24) – Hundreds of people yesterday paid tribute to a former Guam leader known for his efforts to protect the Chamorro culture.

A state memorial service was held at the Legislature yesterday, to honor former two-term Sen. Paul Bordallo, who died May 12 at the age of 76.

He served in the 11th and 12th Guam Legislatures, was a businessman for more than 30 years and owned several businesses, Pacific Daily News files state.

While Bordallo's Guam flag-draped casket was situated front-and-center of the legislative hall, people spoke about his private and public accomplishments and his many civic contributions.

Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, his sister-in-law, strengthened those points and detailed his entrepreneurial success and public service.

Her remarks were entered into U.S. congressional record after she read it before members of the House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously.

"(Paul) leaves an indelible mark in the history of our island, and will be remembered for many years to come," Bordallo remarked. "Paul did not stand in the shadow of his father (Baltazar), or his brother (late Gov. Ricardo Bordallo). He cast a very long shadow of his own."

Paul Bordallo is the author of the Chamorro Land Trust Act, which reserves government land for the use and benefit of the island's indigenous people. He is also remembered for pushing for the rights of Chamorros in determining the future of the island -- he cosponsored the bill that created the Political Status Commission, PDN files state.

He was the younger brother of the late Democratic Gov. Ricardo Bordallo.

"Our island has truly lost a great man," said Guam's delegate said.

Bordallo is survived by his wife, Arlene, and their children: Penelope Hofschneider; and Oliver, Renata, Jonathan, Paul, Alethea and Rosa Bordallo, as well as numerous other family and friends.

"His life touched ours and added to the enrichment," Archbishop Anthony Apuron said.

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