State funeral held for former Yona mayor Ken Joe Ada

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A state funeral was held Thursday morning at the Guam Congress Building for former Yona mayor Ken Joe Ada.

A state funeral was held Thursday morning at the Guam Congress Building for former Yona mayor Ken Joe Ada.

Ada was the mayor of Yona from 2013 to 2017. He ran unsuccessfully for senator under the Republican ticket in 2018.

It’s well known that he had been struggling with personal issues since he left office, including an incident in January when he had to be restrained by police while sitting in the middle of the Ylig Bay Bridge in Yona.

The former mayor died the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Naval Hospital. The cause of his death has not been released. He was 37 years old.

Island leaders, family and friends paid their respects this morning at the legislature.

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Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares, president of the Mayors Council of Guam, gave the eulogy.

“Mayor Ken Joe Ada is an example of love. He was the best expression of time and service. When things went wrong or didn’t go the way we were planning, he was always telling us it’s okay. Just keep praying. It’s God’s plan,” Savares said.

Ada is survived by his wife and two young children. He will be laid to rest tomorrow.

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