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(Marianas Variety) —  On early Saturday morning, family members will make one last stop with the late Abed E. Younis by his former office in Garapan as a way to say a final farewell before heading to the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center for his memorial services.

Passing away peacefully from natural causes last week surrounded by loved ones, Younis would have been 84 years old on Wednesday, marking 50 years since he arrived on Saipan from Israel.

He spent most of that time building Marianas Variety News & Views to what it is today, giving the Marianas a reliable source of local, regional and international news for the past 48 years.

Starting as a graphic artist and an animator, Younis took the opportunity he had in taking over the islands’ only weekly, Marianas Star, changed the name to Marianas Variety, and printed his first issue on March 16,1972.

He was also an active community volunteer serving many years at the Saipan Rotary Club, Saipan Chamber of Commerce and as a Board Member at Karidat Social Services.  He was honored with the NMI Humanities Council Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios are presenting a plaque to the family during the memorial services and the CNMI Legislature will also present a resolution later to acknowledge the work and contributions Younis made to the pioneering development of local and regional media.

“We are humbled and honored by the amount of love, support and acknowledgements our leadership, community, families and friends have shared with us during these past difficult days and we know, after all his hard work, he would have been so happy to see it,” said his eldest daughter, Laila Boyer.

“We extend our deepest appreciation to all of you who have shared kind words and assisted us in every way, especially during this terrible time of a pandemic, it has not been easy and we are forever in gratitude,” she said.

The memorial services will be held from 9  a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center on Saturday, May 2, 2020 for both in person and online viewing at www.facebook.com/mvariety.

“We understand that safety is first and foremost, and therefore, we are limiting viewing to 10 persons at a time in safe distances and keeping it only to an hour.  If you are not able to come in person, please join us online at our Marianas Variety Facebook page.  We are so appreciative for the support,” said company president Amier Younis.

The family would also like to extend their “deepest appreciation to Governor Ralph Torres and Lt. Governor Palacios, the Office of the Governor, the CNMI Legislature, the Department of Public Safety, J.C. Tenorio Enterprises and family, Ricky Delgado and IT&E, Shaun Christian of Star Marianas, Jojo Alepuyo of Island Image & Motion, Frances Borja of Borja Funeral Home, Dr. John Doyle, Marianas Visiting Nurses, Carlene Hofschneider of Blossoms Floral, our father’s caregivers Lani Undajare, Conrad Pulido, Benida Rosario, and most especially Ligaya Davenport for helping to take wonderful care of our father, and to all of our business partners, families, relatives and friends for lifting our spirits and our hearts in this most difficult time. Thank you.”

 

 

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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