Former Guam liaison to Washington Margaret Metcalfe dies

Margaret Metcalfe (file photo)

Margaret Metcalfe, former governor Eddie Calvo’s liaison director in the governor’s Washington, D.C. office, has died.

Calvo confirmed Metcalfe’s death in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo this morning.

Metcalfe is the national committeewoman of the Republican Party of Guam. She ran for Congress in 2014 and again in 2016.

“For eight years, she spent some time there in Washington DC as my representative, and as a liaison for the people of Guam, with the Washington government establishment, particularly the executive branch, and the work that she did for our people was tremendous and a lot of the fruits of our hard work in labor and now being enjoyed by this administration and by the people,” Calvo said.

According to Calvo, Metcalfe was instrumental in securing benefits for Guam in the areas of Medicare, veterans services, hospital rebasing, and many more.

“I gotta tell you, it was because of Margaret Metcalf, that we are enjoying a lot of the fruits of hard work and labor but people don’t realize that what she could do when she came into an executive branch office, whether it was the Office of the President or the Secretary of Health and Human Services, or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” Calvo said.

The Republican Party of Guam also issued a statement, saying it in mourning over the loss of a great lady and true advocate for the people of Guam.

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our National Committeewoman, Mrs. Margaret McDonald Glover Metcalfe. Auntie Pudden, as she was affectionately known, was a wife, mother, and businesswoman. She also served as the Director of the Washington Office of the Governor of Guam in the Administration of then-Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. In her time in Washington, DC, she led many initiatives that improved the lives of all of Guam’s people, but especially the most vulnerable: the veterans, the war survivors, the youth, and our precious manamko. We extend our sincerest condolences to her husband, Chris, and their two sons and families. Our island lost a staunch fighter and advocate. She will be deeply missed,” the GOP stated.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas also released the following statement: “As a part of Familian Karabao my family and I wish to extend our prayers to the immediate family of Auntie Margaret McDonald Glover Metcalfe, known throughout the island fondly as “Pudding.” May we always remember the light our departed have brought into the world, and value always the time we have with our loved ones.”

Metcalfe was an RNC delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Guam. She was elected to a four-year term as the Republican Party of Guam’s national committeewoman to the Republican National Committee in March 2016.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.