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// Menino ‘always put Boston and its people first’

“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.

Flags were lowered to half-staff outside City Hall.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tears and shock around Boston City Hall

City workers nursed welling eyes and solemn faces as they struggled to come to terms with the passing of Menino.

// Tom Menino forged his own political party

By necessity, Menino forged a powerful coalition, unique in its breadth and essentially indomitable.

The Big Picture

Photos: Menino through the years

An old-school politician, Menino helped turn Boston into a hub of 21st-century innovation. See more photos.


// Tom Menino, the tough — and beloved — mayor

Unlike others, Menino was humble enough to understand that power lies with the office, not the person.

Yvonne Abraham

// Tom Menino was a master of the heart

His greatness was in the follow-through after critical moments, in quiet acts of kindness and shows of support.


// Tom Menino was the mayor to a city of champions

The late mayor loved sports, and the Red Sox especially, and the feeling was clearly mutual.

Adrian Walker

// Menino went from accidental mayor to transformative figure

Menino became acting mayor by the slimmest of margins, winning the job as council president by a mere vote.

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// Reflecting on Tom Menino’s natural leadership

The former mayor was always able to attract people who could make a difference in causes that mattered.


// Boston was Menino’s extended family

The former mayor stood apart as a politician with a common touch and uncommon skill at overcoming obstacles.