Patricia Papa was setting up for Thursday’s big event at Faneuil Hall with the busy, agitated air of someone who needed a distraction. Boston’s film director and special events coordinator has worked for the city for three decades, under three mayors. Nothing had hit her like the impending departure of Mayor Thomas M. Menino. He’s like family, she said.
“It hurts to see him not be mayor anymore,” said Papa, director of the city’s film bureau and special events liaison. “He’s the face of the city. He always will be.”