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Paul Cellucci laid to rest in hometown of Hudson

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Massachusetts State Police salute as the casket is carried from the church.

Massachusetts State Police salute as the casket is carried from the church.

Hudson – Family, friends and colleagues gathered June 14 at St. Michael Church for the funeral service of Argeo Paul Cellucci, former Massachusetts governor and ambassador to Canada. His daughters, Anne Cellucci Adams and Kate Garnett Cellucci, offered words of remembrance.

“We stand before you as two of the luckiest girls in the world to have had Paul Cellucci as our father,” Anne said. “No matter who we met or where he took us – from Dunkin” Donuts to the White House – he always treated everybody who crossed his path with the same kindness and respect.”

She also spoke of the loving relationship between him and their mother, Jan.

“They met in high school, went to the prom together, and married while my mom was still in college,” she said. “The minute my dad was diagnosed with ALS, my mom literally stopped everything else in her life and never left his side.”

Kate shared stories of her father's longtime friendship with Bob Yesue, both St. Michael School and Hudson Catholic High alum. Each Christmas, their dad and Bob were in charge of purchasing only one gift: each other's. A specific Christmas was particularly memorable.

“As presents were opened, they quickly realized that they had bought each other the same gift,” she said. “They bought each other the exact same shirt – same style, same color, same everything.”

Kate said that her father always told her politicians need a home base.

“Hudson was his home base,” she said. “He loved Hudson and its people. Even through all his amazing journeys, he always made it back here.”

Among the elected officials in attendance were Gov. Deval Patrick; U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and William “Mo” Cowan; former Govs. Mitt Romney, Jane Swift and William Weld; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton; state Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow; and Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant.

(Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Leading the funeral procession are the color guards of the Hudson Police and Fire Departments.

Leading the funeral procession are the color guards of the Hudson Police and Fire Departments.

Former Gov. Jane Swift, who was chosen by Cellucci to serve as the state's first female lieutenant governor, speaks to reporters outside the church.

Former Gov. Jane Swift, who was chosen by Cellucci to serve as the state's first female lieutenant governor, speaks to reporters outside the church.

Longtime friend Bob Durand of Marlborough, who served as Cellucci's secretary of environmental affairs, speaks to reporters before the service. Durand and Cellucci attended St. Michael School and Hudson Catholic High a few years apart.

Longtime friend Bob Durand of Marlborough, who served as Cellucci's secretary of environmental affairs, speaks to reporters before the service. Durand and Cellucci attended St. Michael School and Hudson Catholic High a few years apart.

Iain Massie plays bagpipes as the hearse arrives.

Iain Massie plays bagpipes as the hearse arrives.

Approaching the church are Jan Cellucci with grandchildren Rhys and Francesca Adams, and family friend Gabe Westberg.

Approaching the church are Jan Cellucci with grandchildren Rhys and Francesca Adams, and family friend Gabe Westberg.

Massachusetts State Police pallbearers carry the flag-draped casket down the stairs of St. Michael Church.

Massachusetts State Police pallbearers carry the flag-draped casket down the stairs of St. Michael Church.

Standing solemnly after the service are (l to r) Gov. Deval Patrick, U. S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and William

Standing solemnly after the service are (l to r) Gov. Deval Patrick, U. S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and William “Mo” Cowan, and former Gov. William Weld.

 

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