Tributes to former governor Paul Celluci ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/File 2002 Former governor Paul Cellucci, at the unveiling of the official portraits at the State House, died Saturday at the age of 65. Bill Brett/Globe Staff/File 1997 The Hudson native had battled with Lou Gehrig's disease for five years. Globe Staff/File 1991 He rose from a smalltown selectman to become governor of Massachusetts and ambassador to Canada. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff/File 2000 Cellucci's political experience spanned more than three decades, and he never lost an election. JANET KNOTT/Globe staff/File 2000 Cellucci saw tax cuts that he and Governor William F. Weld, with whom he served as lieutenant governor, pushed through as one of his major legacies. Tom Herde/Globe Staff/File 1997 "My life was never quite the same when I matched up with Paul Cellucci to have a cup of coffee in 1989," said Weld (right). Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/File 1994 "We agreed to run as a team, and we governed as a team," Weld said. Bill Greene/Globe staff/File 2001 Cellucci (center) had a smooth transition to acting governor when Weld resigned in 1997. Charles Krupa/AP/File 1998 Cellucci elevated Justice Margaret H. Marshall to be the first female chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Under her leadership, the court legalized gay marriage in 2003. John Bohn/Globe Staff/File 1999 He threw a football to Don Lowry (right), spokesman for the Patriots, after signing legislation to keep the team's home in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Governor's Office/AP/File 2001 He left in 2001 to become ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File 2000 Cellucci's wide-ranging positions made it hard to label his politics. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File 2011 Cellucci leaves behind his wife, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two siblings.