The funeral procession for former Mayor Thomas M. Menino Monday will pass by 10 locations in Boston that were special to the city’s longest serving mayor in what staffers are calling his “last ride home.”
In advance of Monday’s funeral Mass, the procession will start at about 10:45 a.m. and go first to Boston City Hall, where Menino served as a city councilor and mayor.
The next location will be the Parkman House, the official residence of the mayor, and then Boston University and Kenmore Square and Fenway Park.
It will also travel to Dudley Square, where the former Ferdinand Building will soon open as a multi service center. Menino’s staff, on a website set up for the late mayor’s services, called the center “a testament to Mayor Menino’s tenacity and his staunch commitment to enhance all Boston neighborhoods.’’
From there, the procession will go to Grove Hall, Franklin Park, the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, the Mattapan Library, Roslindale Square and, finally, Most Precious Blood Church.
The private Mass is slated to begin around 12 p.m. Menino’s six grandchildren have been assigned participating roles in the ceremony, as will other family members and longtime friends, according to the website.
Members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will perform additional musical numbers, and the homily will be delivered by Rev. John J. Connolly, Jr. of St. John Chrysostom Parish in West Roxbury.
Earlier Friday, the office of Vice President Joe Biden announced that he is planning to attend Menino’s funeral on Monday.
It was unclear whether Biden will have a speaking role.
Biden on Friday released a lengthy statement praising the longtime Boston mayor — and his longtime friend “Tommy” — as “without a doubt one of the finest Mayors this nation has ever seen.”
“In the days following the Boston Marathon bombing Tommy was heroic. He was calm in the face of uncertainty, and resolute as the whole world watched,” Biden said. “Even as he should have been in bed, Tommy stood tall, marching through the streets of Boston with a Louisville Slugger for a walking stick.
“Boston’s first Italian-American Mayor earned what my mother always said was the highest compliment we Irish can give,” Biden added. “He was a good man.”
About 400 people also turned out Sunday for a public Mass in Menino’s honor at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Washington Street in Boston. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley delivered an homily, emphasizing Menino’s deep devotion to his family, his faith, and the people of Boston.