Joanne and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death of my colleague in government and my friend, Governor Paul Cellucci.
Joanne and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death of my colleague in government and my friend, Governor Paul Cellucci. He fought a courageous fight against ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and inspired many to support and accelerate research into its treatment and prevention. It can certainly be said that he, and his beloved wife Jan, fought the good fight!
Paul Cellucci and I, though of different political parties, were friends. We both were Selectmen in small towns – he, in Hudson and me, in Hopedale. We both entered the Massachusetts House in the same year, served together on the Committee on Local Affairs, and shared an office, along with several other House members. Perhaps our most important battle together, along with former Representative Paul Kujawski, was to win the 11 year fight against a mega-landfill that would have harmed the environment and changed the character of the Webster, Douglas, Oxford area. When I faced a strong Republican challenger a few years ago, Paul declined to support my opponent, and appeared at a Webster Lake rally to show his support for Rep. Kujawski and for me.
Massachusetts has lost one of its great leaders – a public servant of the highest integrity. I have lost a good friend. Joanne and I send our deepest condolences to Paul’s wife, Jan, his family and many friends. May he rest in peace, and may we all continue to fight against the scourge of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.