Philadelphia, October 30, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the passing of Boston’s longest serving Mayor Thomas Menino, who succumbed to his battle with cancer early this morning.
Thomas Menino, who was the President of Boston’s City Council, assumed the role of Mayor in 1993 when then Mayor Raymond Flynn was appointed ambassador to the Vatican by President Bill Clinton. He was elected mayor in the fall of 1993 and served twenty years over five terms. Mayor Menino is survived by his wife Angela, his children Susan and Thomas Jr. and his grandchildren.
Mayor Nutter’s statement is as follows:
“Mayor Menino was an incredible public servant, public leader and a champion of inclusive politics. He steered Boston through ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies over his 20 year tenure as Mayor, and before while he served on Boston’s City Council.
He was a strong, focused, committed leader who did not shy away from difficult decisions. He stood tall as an advocate for Boston’s many unique neighborhoods and for the future of the City as a whole.
Mayor Menino led the City of Boston with great dignity, innovation and a can-do spirit that will be missed by every citizen and politician whose lives he touched. He was also a great friend to mayors all across the United States of America; he was always willing to offer guidance and advice to other mayors.
I had the opportunity on many, many occasions to talk with Mayor Menino about any number of issues that we faced here in Philadelphia and had the benefit of his insight and experience in trying to solve some of those challenges that our city, and other cities across the nation, face on a regular basis. His partnership with our City was integral in the creation of New Urban Mechanics PHL, modeled after the original creative approach to problem solving Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston.
Mayor Tom Menino was a good and great man. If you knew him, you knew that he believed a mayor should be a doer rather than a visionary. But, the truth is, Mayor Menino was the best kind of politician – he made change, shaped his city, and he got things done.
Above all, Mayor Menino loved the people of Boston, he loved public service, and he will truly be missed for his leadership, his kindness and his sensible and practical approaches to often complicated and challenging issues.
My thoughts and prayers are with Angela, his wife, his children and grandchildren, and with the entire City of Boston during this devastating loss.”