PALIKIR, Pohnpei—Federated States of Micronesia vice president Yosiwo Palikkun George passed away yesterday. He was 81 years old.
The Federated States of Micronesia government announced George’s passing in a news release yesterday. It did not specify the cause of his death but an earlier news release the FSM government had issued on July 24, 2022, stated that George was hospitalized in the state of Pohnpei due to COVID-19.
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres issued the following statement yesterday: “On behalf of the [CNMI], I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Vice President Yosiwo P. George. We also extend our thoughts and prayers to the Kosraean and FSM community in the CNMI, as we join our Micronesian brothers and sisters in mourning during this difficult time.
“Of the times that I had the opportunity to meet with Vice President George, including at the Micronesian Islands Forum, we were able to discuss matters of policy important to the people of Micronesia. He also welcomed me to Kosrae, his home island, during my first visit there, and for that I am still thankful. We shared in commitment to serving our people, and his life of public service and leadership will not be forgotten.”
Born in Kosrae on July 24, 1941, George served as the first lieutenant governor of Kosrae from 1979 to 1980.For a time, George was the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands’ Social Security manager on Saipan.
The FSM news release said that FSM President David W. Panuelo will soon be declaring a national mourning period in FSM. (Saipan Tribune)