Lackey, former Sen. Snowe communications head, dies

Posted Feb. 16, 2011, at 11:01 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 17, 2011, at 10:28 a.m.

A communications expert who worked for both Sen. Olympia Snowe and former Gov. John McKernan Jr. has died, just after taking a post with Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers Jr.

W. Davis Lackey Jr., 46, was well-known to the Maine media, having served as communications director for two different offices from 1986 to 2003, first for McKernan in Augusta and then for Snowe in Washington.

In a joint statement, Snowe and McKernan said they were “profoundly saddened” to hear of Lackey’s death.

“His contributions to us in our responsibilities as governor and U.S. senator are simply incalculable, and we always knew we could count on Dave no matter the question, issue or crisis to provide invaluable wisdom and advice. His intellect, wit and humor — accompanied by an unceasing work ethic — were part-and-parcel of who he was and how he lived his life. We are extraordinarily grateful for all that he did for us, and for our friendship over the years,” Snowe and McKernan said.

McKernan and Snowe said their thoughts were with Lackey’s mother, Jean, of Cumberland, as well as his father, Bill Lackey, and his stepfather, Bill Hubbell.

Senate President Kevin Raye said in a release that he worked with Lackey when he served Snowe as chief of staff.

“We developed a close friendship, and I had enormous respect for his intellect, his integrity and his passion for serving the people of Maine. In recent weeks, it was wonderful to see how excited he was to return to state government in his new position with Secretary of State Charlie Summers,” said Raye.

Summers, who had appointed Lackey deputy secretary of state of communications, called Lackey a “consummate professional.”

“He will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him as a friend and co-worker,” said Summers. “Thoughts and prayers from his colleagues in state government go out to his mother, Jean, of Cumberland, and his entire family.”

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