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Roland “Rolly” Abuyen (photo above), a longtime Filipino-American community leader, died on Jan. 5 at North Shore Hospital on Long Island, N.Y.

He was 71.

Abuyen, president and founder of Negrosanon USA, Inc. and a lifetime member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (NY Chapter), had been in a coma since Dec. 17 after suffering a stroke due to hypertension while driving, causing fatal brain hemorrhage.

He left behind his wife Paz Treyes Abuyen, son Brian (married to Sunshine) and granddaughter Olivia Isabelle.

Born in Manila, Philippines on May 6, 1940, Abuyen was a commerce graduate, major in banking and finance, at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines.

He retired from JP Morgan Chase after 30 years as a supervisor credit analyst.

Abuyen served in the Fil-Am community in various capacities, among them as deputy chapter commander, chancellor, secretary and board of trustee of the Knights of Rizal; president of the Filipino-Americans in Long Island, Inc.; and PRO of the Philippine American Communities Executive Council.

He was active with the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc., which he also served in different capacities, including as overall vice chair in 1997 and 2001.

He also served in the Philippine Centennial celebration in New York in 1998, and was a member of the New York delegation to the Philippine Centennial in Manila under Consul General Willy C. Gaa.

A dedicated volunteer of the Philippine Medical Association in America’s medical/surgical mission since 1996, he also helped organize a benefit to support Filipino-American lymphoma survivor Christine Pechera, who was then in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.

“Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow over the loss of our dear friend Rolly,” said fellow community leader Honesto “Ness” Quijano.

“We will cherish the memories and times we spent together in various Fil-Am activities and projects in the tri-state area.”

Abuyen was laid to rest on Jan. 9 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y., following a memorial service at Our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon, N.Y.

A two-night wake was held on Jan. 7 and 8 at Noce Funeral Home in West Babylon.

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