Thursday, June 13, 2013

MWPC Remembers Former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci

Boston -- Former Governor Paul Cellucci died last Saturday at his home in Hudson, Massachusetts, due to complications from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a debilitating and incurable neurological condition of which he a has battled with for five years. He died surrounded by family according to the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was 65.

Cellucci, a Republican, served in the state’s House of Representatives and Senate before being elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, a position he held from 1990-1997. He then became governor in 1997, when Governor William Weld resigned, serving until 2001 when he became the U.S ambassador of Canada.

He is remembered for being a man of loyalty and great integrity. He dedicated his life to public service as well as his family. Many admired the former governor for his outstanding ability to work in a bi-partisan fashion. Former Massachusetts State Treasurer, Joe Malone says, “both democrats and republicans respected him tremendously, so I think everyday that he spent in public life was a day that he enjoyed”.

Governor Cellucci was honored by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus in 2008 at the Annual Good Guys Awards. Governor Cellucci was recognized for his immense valor when it came to addressing women’s issues. Cellucci was a fearless advocate for women’s equality, especially in the workforce.

“Governor Cellucci showcased all the qualities of a great leader,” stated MWPC Executive Director Priti Rao. “He was a man of great character, credibility, integrity, and vision. And he will be terribly missed.”  

There will be a private memorial service at the State House in the House chambers at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a public viewing from 2:30-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Priti Rao at 617-451-9294 or