Port also mourns its first COVID-19 death

San Nicolas’ family members were present at the Port for one final farewell.

The Port Authority of Guam held a tribute to one of its own who died from COVID-19.

Out of 20 port employees positive for the virus, Henry I. San Nicolas was the first COVID-related death.

He was just 49 years old when he succumbed to the virus. San Nicolas served as a cargo checker at the port.

Prior to the viewing, a hearse carrying San Nicolas was brought to the port for a tribute involving his “Port Strong” family, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio, Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, and the port’s legislative oversight chair Sen. Clynt Ridgell.

His family members were also present at the tribute ceremony, saying one final goodbye.

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Port Authority general manager Rory Respicio said Henry will always be remembered for his smile, kindness, and dedication to his family, friends, and the Port Strong family.

In an interview with PNC, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said this is a very sad event and the community should continue doing its part in the war against COVID-19.

“I am pleading to the people of Guam to stay safe. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask. Henry’s family is grieving now because of the coronavirus. Our only agenda and only purpose are to save lives and to prevent this virus from continuing to spread in the community,” the governor said.

She added: “The only way we can prevent the spread of the virus is with your help.”