Honoring the Life and Service of Jose San Nicolasby Representative Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Posted on 2013-01-14
in the house of representatives
Monday, January 14, 2013
Ms. BORDALLO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and service
of Jose Salucnamnam San Nicolas, former Commissioner of the village of
Agat, Guam; he was fondly known as ``Joe Pineda'' by his family and
closest friends. Born on December 15, 1945, Joe dedicated more than 40
years of his life as a public servant to the people of Guam, beginning
as a youth and church leader in Agat, Guam's largest southern village.
His desire to serve and his spirit of community paved the way for his
election in 1970. He became one of Guam's youngest public officials at
the age of 25. In 1974, after serving only one term as Assistant
Commissioner, Joe was elected as the Commissioner of Agat. He passed
away on December 27, 2012, at the age of 67.
As Commissioner of Agat, Joe paid particular attention to helping young people find constructive and productive activities, such as village clean-up and beautification projects. He also encouraged participation in the celebration of Guam's Liberation Day festivities, intramural sports, and involvement in church functions and religious education.
As a devout Catholic, Joe served as a ``Techa'', or traditional prayer leader, of rosaries and novenas. He volunteered his skills in leading prayers for families throughout Guam, as well as in California, Hawaii, Washington state and Germany. After his term as Commissioner of Agat, Joe continued to serve his community as a techa; he also held several different government posts, working for the Guam Legislature and Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez as a Special Assistant for community outreach.
Joe will be missed by all who knew and loved him. I extend my condolences to his family and loved ones, including his children, Dwayne and Charmaine.