For those who wish to extend condolences:
I am among the very many who feel a sense of real loss. He was a brilliant and caring man. When we first met, I was deeply impressed by how quickly he sized me up and figured out how we could work together. The meeting was all sunny chit-chat in tone, but in 20 minutes we knew a lot about each other and how our interests fit.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke for many of us in saying:
“Today the City of Boston mourns together.
“To any who had come to know him, it is no surprise that more than half of Boston had a direct interaction with Tom Menino. No man possessed a greater love for our City, and his dedicated life in service to Boston and her people and changed the face of the City.
“With sheer determination and unmatched work ethic, he took a city that is not as big in size as we are in stature and put us on the world stage as a national leader in health care, education, innovation and the nitty gritty of executing basic city services.
“He was a leader on policy issues that shaped the Boston we know today: from the environment, to youth engagement, to innovation, to crime prevention. But more than anything, he was a man of the neighborhoods. He held a profound understanding of the direct and immediate impact that municipal government can have on people, and made it a great priority to ensure that government served people, and not the other way around.
“Even in the latest stages of his illness, his concern – first and foremost – was always for Boston. We are forever grateful for Mayor Menino’s guidance, advice, and continued dedication to Boston. And though he has passed, his legacy and spirit will be felt across the City for generations to come.
“Because of his leadership, Boston is a better place today.
“From a grateful City: Our prayers are with Angela, Susan and Tommy, their families and friends, and all who loved Tom Menino.”
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