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On the passing of a friend, a colleague and a key leader in MA workers comp
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On the passing of a friend, a colleague and a key leader in MA workers comp

Written by Bruce Cochrane, president of Renaissance Alliance

It is with the greatest sense of personal and professional anguish that all of us at Renaissance Alliance have been mourning the very untimely passing of Paul Meagher, President of the Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts (WCRIBMA). Paul was on vacation with his family in Maine over the Fourth of July weekend when he died. He was 64 years young.

Paul was a great supporter of Renaissance Alliance and  he was also my personal friend.  His first Bureau governing committee meeting was also mine, so we were "newbies" together and remained close during our twenty six years together at the Bureau.  We fought many battles together and shared many fond memories of accomplishment. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and his colleagues at WCRIBMA.  Paul played an important role in the state’s workers’ compensation arena and he will be missed by many.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Agency Checklists ran a fine tribute: In Memoriam: Paul Franklin Meagher, President of the WCRIB of Massachusetts.

Let us all be reminded of the frailty of life and the blessings of family and dear friends, without which all we do is meaningless.  If you have not done so yet today, give a great big hug to those you love.  We never know when the hug we share with a loved one will be the last one shared.

As current Chair of the governing committee of WCRIBMA, I’ll be working closely with committee members to shepherd the Bureau to new permanent staff leadership.  There are myriad details to be dealt with, both internally and externally. An acting president will be named at the earliest opportunity to serve until a suitable permanent replacement can be installed, which could take several months.

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