Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio issue the following statement on the passing of Guam businessman Paul Shimizu: 

“We join the island of Guam in mourning the passing of Paul Shimizu, a steward of industry growth and Guam excellence, along with his brothers, Frank and Joe, and their father, Ambrosio, who was a pioneer and pillar of our economy,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “As the youngest of the Shimizu brothers, Paul shadowed his dad and worked hard to earn his place as a community leader, generous philanthropist, and loyal supporter of local athletes and musicians. Everybody who calls our island home knows the Shimizu family, and many have been blessed by the generational fruits of their labor and heart. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jeni, their children, and the entire Shimizu family.”

“Paul is one who saw himself as an ambassador of Guam, who devoted much of his life to not only sharing the Håfa Adai spirit with international stars but also bringing them to our island for the benefit of our people,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio. “As a former Team Guam Basketball player and gold medalist, he had a deep love for ensuring others were enjoying their life, and for decades he went to many lengths to create sources of happiness and spread smiles on Guam. It was this character, in addition to his business savviness, that made our administration confident in appointing him to the Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. He believed that hospitality is a team effort, and our island has much to gain from following Paul’s leading light.”


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