Late ex-Mayor Menino hailed for service to Boston

Menino died at the age of 71

In this March 24, 2014 file photo, former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino attends a forum entitled "Leading Cities Through Crisis: Lessons from the Boston Marathon" held at Boston University. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(AP) – Thomas Menino, the former mayor of Boston who died Thursday, was remembered as a tireless advocate of the city he led for 20 years.

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“Bold, big-hearted, and Boston strong, Tom was the embodiment of the city he loved and led for more than two decades. As Boston’s longest-serving mayor, Tom helped make his hometown the vibrant, welcoming, world-class place it is today. His legacy lives on in every neighborhood he helped revitalize, every school he helped turn around, and every community he helped make a safer, better place to live.” — President Barack Obama.

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“Tommy was our friend for a long, long time, and he was without a doubt one of the finest Mayors this nation has ever seen. His heart was always as big as the city he loved. And he was, to his core, the very definition of Boston Strong. Unyielding. Absolutely committed.” — Vice President Joe Biden.

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“In his twenty years as Boston’s mayor, he became a legendary advocate and champion for all of Boston’s citizens in all of its neighborhoods; he believed with all his heart that at the end of the day, if things weren’t getting better in every corner of Boston, the job wasn’t done.”— Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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“Tom Menino was Boston. In fact, if you just look around the city, you’ll see with your own eyes that he is Boston today. Others talked, Tommy worked.” — Secretary of State John Kerry.

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“Boston has lost a political giant, and Diane and I have lost a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to Angela and the whole Menino family. And we thank God for the service and the life of Tom Menino.” — Gov. Deval Patrick.

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“He was a mayor for all of Boston — those he worked with, the schoolchildren and their parents, the homeless and the hungry, the college students and the new immigrants. He had a heart big enough for everyone in our city. That love was never shown more than after the tragedy of Marathon Monday, when he pulled himself up out of a hospital bed, two days after emergency surgery, to be with the people, to make tough decisions, to comfort the suffering and the grieving.” — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

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“Mayor Menino placed family, faith and public service above all else. His passing is a great loss to the City of Boston, the Commonwealth, our country, and to his family, who were the center of his life.” — Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston.

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“The City of Boston lost a great fighter today. Mayor Tom Menino used his big heart, his strong voice, and his fierce determination to shape every corner of the city. Bruce and I send our prayers to Mayor Menino’s wife Angela, to his family, and to all Bostonians. Our mayor is gone, but he lives on in every neighborhood in Boston.” — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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“Tom Menino worked tirelessly for the families of Boston, crisscrossing the city day and night to tend to the needs of our neighborhoods. He was a true leader and set the bar high for elected officials.” — U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

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“Boston is a better city because of Tom Menino and the people of Boston are grateful for his commitment and service. … The day I left City Hall to become U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, I said, “The City is in good hands.” ”Today, Tom Menino is in good hands.” — Raymond Flynn, former Boston mayor, ex-Vatican ambassador.

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“Today, Boston has lost the greatest mayor in its history. He was a friend and mentor, and a shining example to me and countless others of what it means to love and serve your community.” — Attorney General and Democratic nominee for governor Martha Coakley.

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“If anyone deserved a long and satisfying retirement, it would be former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. For two decades, he threw himself into the job of Mayor of Boston with an enthusiasm and intensity that may never be duplicated.” — Charlie Baker, Republican nominee for governor.

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“The City of Boston and communities of color have lost a great friend. As an advocate, although we didn’t always see eye to eye, at the end of the day he was still my friend.” — Leonard Atkins, former president of the NAACP of Boston.

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“Tom Menino for 20-odd years led that city. A tough guy, really a tough guy.” — New York City and former Boston Police Commissioner William Bratton.

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“Boston has lost one of its greats. Because Tom Menino worked so hard to make Boston a welcoming, vibrant, safe place to live and work, Boston University located in the heart of the city has benefited immensely.” — Boston University President Robert A. Brown.

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“After over two decades leading this great American city, he wore her strength, success and sorrow as his own.” — U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III.

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“Twenty-first century Boston blossomed under Mayor Tom Menino. He leaves a huge legacy of achievement.” — Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

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“Mayor Tom Menino was one of the original LGBTQ champions. He wanted his legacy to be inclusion, and he succeeded. “— K.C. Coredini, executive director of MassEquality.

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“Personally, my three favorite memories were the phone calls that I received from the Mayor after each of our Super Bowl victories inviting the Patriots to celebrate with our fans in downtown Boston. I was so happy to accept his invitations.” — Robert Kraft, chairman and chief executive of the New England Patriots.

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“His passion for this city was legendary; his passion for the Red Sox extraordinary. His support and leadership in the preservation of Fenway Park was critical in saving this ballpark. We will miss his spirit, and we will miss his friendship.” — Red Sox principal owner John Henry.

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“Mayor Menino was synonymous with the City of Boston and the professional sports teams that represented it. His passion was always evident and his support unwavering.” — Cam Neely, president of the Boston Bruins.

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