Paul Cellucci, former US ambassador to Canada, passes away at 65

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BOSTON – Former Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci, who led Massachusetts from 1997 to 2001 before becoming U.S. ambassador to Canada, died Saturday at his home of complications from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 65.

His death was announced by Dr. Michael F. Collins, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Cellucci spearheaded an effort to raise funds for ALS research after publicly revealing his diagnosis in 2011.

“I can’t help but think of the final high standard Paul set in the way he battled ALS,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. “The twinkle was still there, even from his wheelchair. He didn’t withdraw, but rather he began a new chapter as an advocate supporting UMass’s research into the very illness that he faced with courage.”

In more than three decades in politics, starting at the local level on a commission in…

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