Menino, who was diagnosed with advanced cancer not long after leaving office at the beginning of this year, died Thursday.
“He was a mayor for all of Boston. ... He had a heart big enough for everyone in our city,” Mayor Walsh said of Menino outside City Hall.
City workers nursed welling eyes and solemn faces as they struggled to come to terms with the passing of Menino.
By necessity, Menino forged a powerful coalition, unique in its breadth and essentially indomitable.
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Unlike others, Menino was humble enough to understand that power lies with the office, not the person.
His greatness was in the follow-through after critical moments, in quiet acts of kindness and shows of support.
The late mayor loved sports, and the Red Sox especially, and the feeling was clearly mutual.
Menino became acting mayor by the slimmest of margins, winning the job as council president by a mere vote.
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The former mayor was always able to attract people who could make a difference in causes that mattered.
The former mayor stood apart as a politician with a common touch and uncommon skill at overcoming obstacles.
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