“He was unusually quiet for someone who was a politician. He didn’t practice bombast. In fact, you couldn’t get him to practice bombast,” Card said of Cellucci.
UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins described when Cellucci told him about two years ago that he had ALS and wanted to make his affliction public, and raise money to research the disease.
“It was clear to me that Paul Cellucci knew he was about to entail on his final campaign,” Collins said. A medical doctor, Collins said, “His hand had become weakened, but the strength of his cause and his resolve were overpowering.”
The Senate unanimously approved a Murray amendment to the budget earlier this year, naming an ALS registry after Cellucci.
“Paul has left a great mark on this commonwealth, and he will always be remembered,” Murray said from the rostrum Thursday.
Cellucci’s family sat in the gallery and received a resounding ovation from those gathered. Among the attendees were State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben, SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, SJC Justice Robert Cordy, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, Thomas P. O’Neill III, Attorney General Martha Coakley who sat next to former Attorney General Tom Reilly, Treasurer Steven Grossman, former top Cellucci aide Mary-Lee King, and former legal counsel Len Lewin.
Prominent Republicans in attendance included Republican committeeman Ron Kaufman, House Minority Leader Brad Jones, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and former Treasurer Joe Malone.