Just days after announcing that he was stopping his book tour and his cancer treatments in order to spend more time with his family, Boston mayor Thomas Menino has died at age 71. Over five terms as Mayor of the city, he served longer than any other, and was responsible for significant change and improvement in many areas. He was responsible for planting thousands of trees around the city, and instituting environmentally friendly building codes. He was often teased in the media for pronouncing players’ names from the local sports teams incorrectly, but the criticism was seldom harsh. Many residents remember him coming out in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, despite serious health concerns, to provide leadership and address the city. His passing will be felt in all areas of the city and the state, as his influence over decades has extended to every corner.
By Jim Malone
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