Jorge Pierluisi Díaz is remembered as an example of public service done right
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and his siblings gathered at the National Cemetery in Bayamón on Wednesday to say their last goodbyes to their father, Jorge Pierluisi Díaz, who passed away last Friday.
Pierluisi Díaz was an engineer and former Housing secretary.
The governor received a U.S. flag during the ceremony, which he held on his lap.
“One of the main qualities of Mr. Jorge Pierluisi Díaz, former secretary of housing, was his dedication to public service,” Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera said.
He said Pierluisi Díaz stood out in the post as part of the administration of the late Gov. Carlos Romero Barceló.
“His legacy is the example that one comes to public service to give oneself, to give oneself, to build, to build, not to benefit from public service,” Rivera said. “They left their mark along the way and did their work in a positive and effective way; they should be a reference for future generations“.’
Josué Colón, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, said any public servant should emulate the life of Pierluisi Díaz.
“He is an example for all public servants, secretaries and agency heads, of a public servant who fully did his job,” he said.
Traffic Safety Commissioner Luis Rodríguez Díaz said: “On one occasion I heard the governor say, it is best to follow his legacy in the sense that he ended his management, and it ended without any controversy, or anything questionable. It is what all of us who serve from any government position should aspire to. To serve and later see our legacy and work be remembered without any blemishes, with a lot of transparency and attached to serving the people.”