Honorary state police pallbearers carried the former Governor’s flag-draped casket down the aisle of the House chamber for a memorial service. A who’s who of Massachusetts political figures from both parties, including former governors Mitt Romney, Jane Swift, Michael Dukakis and William Weld attended. Weld called Cellucci his co-governor and friend. And he shared a conversation he had this past weekend with secretary of state John Kerry. Weld said, “Paul called the state department in March to advocate for a Massachusetts family and to say he was rooting for me in my new job. That was quintessential Paul Cellucci. Fighting for someone else when he was fighting for his own life.”
Cellucci died Saturday at his home in Hudson from complications of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. A Republican, he served as a state representative, state senator, lieutenant governor and governor from 1997 until 2001, when he resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Canada. After the memorial service, Cellucci’s body is lying in repose in the Hall of Flags.
Funeral services will be Friday in Cellucci’s hometown of Hudson.