State funeral services for the late Honorable Feliciano Materne Perman were held, on October 3, 2022, at the Pohnpei State Legislature chamber.
A sincere and profound eulogy was delivered by Senator Francisco Ioanis who called the late Lt. Governor Perman a Statesman, his mentor, and teacher. As the most senior legislator, he shared fond memories of working with the late Lt. Governor who was also Speaker of the Pohnpei State Legislature. Speaker Marvin T. Yamaguchi spoke of the Lt. Governor’s legacy of service to the people of Pohnpei, dedicating his whole life to making our lives, in Pohnpei, better. On behalf of the 10th Pohnpei State Legislature, Speaker Yamaguchi presented a legislative resolution that was passed in honor of the late Lt. Governor to the Second Lady and family.
Governor Oliver on behalf of the people and state of Pohnpei conveyed deep condolences and sympathies to the Second Lady, Mrs. Maurine Perman, and the family of the late Hon. Feliciano Perman. He spoke of his time with Lt. Governor Perman when they both served as delegates to the second Pohnpei Constitutional Convention. Governor Oliver served as Vice Chairman on the committee of Finance under Lt. Governor Perman who was the Chairman. Governor Oliver spoke of his integrity, honesty, and attention to detail not only during their time as delegates but also as the Lt. Governor of Pohnpei when he meticulously oversaw the Executive Budget Review Committee (EBRC). He expressed his deep gratitude to the Lt. Governor for his wisdom, patience, and guidance during this eventful administration.
Governor Oliver also recognized and expressed gratitude on behalf of the people and State of Pohnpei to the many dignitaries present that included Wasalapalap Nan Pwutak Pikiniap, Nahnwarki of Sokehs, IsoNahnken of Madolenihmw, Rohsa Kitti, Vice President Aren Palik, Vice Speaker Esmond Moses, Senator Dion Neth, Secretary of Finance and Administration, Eugene Amor, Secretary of Health and Social Affairs, Marcus Samo, President’s Chief of Staff Jane Jimmy Chigiyal, former Governor of Pohnpei, Johnny P. David, Chief Justice of Pohnpei, Hon. Nelson Joseph, H.E. Huang Zheng, Chinese Ambassador to the FSM, H.E. Hisashi Michigami, Japanese Ambassador to the FSM, U.S. Charge’ d’affaires Alissa M. Bibb, Australian Charge d’affaires Matthew Holloway,
The Governor’s representative, Mrs. Daisy Nanpei-Cantero, read out Executive Proclamation 22-09 declaring a period of mourning over the untimely passing of the late Hon. Feliciano M. Perman. Among the many achievements and accomplishments that included being the Lieutenant Governor of Pohnpei, he was also one of the framers of the Sokehs constitution, Delegate to the 2nd Pohnpei Constitutional Convention, General Manager of the Pohnpei Utilities Corporation, Director of the Department of Treasury and Administration, Planning and Budget Advisor, State Program and Budget Officer, Tax Collector and Administrative Clerk.
Vice President Aren Palik, delivered a proclamation signed by H.E. David W. Panuelo to the family of the late Lieutenant Governor during the service. The proclamation was read out by Master of Ceremonies, Peteriko L. Hairens, along with letters of sympathy and condolences from the Japanese Embassy, U.S. Embassy, and Australian Embassy.
After the State Funeral, the body of the late Hon. Feliciano Materne Perman departed by motorcade, escorted by Pohnpei State Police Officers, to Cupid’s in Nan Pohn Mal. The remains of the late Lt. Governor Perman were buried the following day, on October 4, 2022.
The full video of the State Funeral Service can be found here: https://youtu.be/b_8Yk5yvbWw