Mayor Thomas M. Menino, 1942-2014

Boston’s longest serving mayor dies at 71.
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino presided over an expanding Boston skyline during his 20 years in office. (Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe )
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During his first run for mayor, in 1993, Menino embarked on a trolley tour through Dorchester, a harbinger of a pounding-the-pavement leadership style that defined his tenure. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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Each Christmas Eve, Menino made his way to the city’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, a community long on crime and short on hope. During his administration -- starting with a 1993 visit when he greeted 8-year-old Jonathan Pagan -- he sought, with mixed success, to reverse the neighborhood’s fortunes. (Michele McDonald/Globe Staff)
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Celebrating his birthday party in 1996 at the arena known then as the FleetCenter, Menino got a cake from actors playing Pocahontas and John Smith. (Janet Knott/Globe Staff)
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Menino stood with other dignitaries at the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in 2000. During Menino’s time as mayor, Boston grew increasingly diverse, and by the time he left office, people of color constituted a majority of the city’s population. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff )
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Menino answered questions from the media in 2000. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Menino and his wife, Angela, appeared with Acting Governor Jane Swift a day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks for a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The Mass memorialized victims of the attacks. He would find himself in that same church in April 2013 for a service remembering victims of the Marathon bombings. (John Blanding/Globe Staff )
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Menino won five races for mayor -- more than anyone in the city’s history -- including in 2001, when he celebrated his victory with wife, Angela, at the Copley Fairmont Hotel. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
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Menino caught up on his pool in the North End between campaign stops in 2001. (Janet Knott/Globe Staff )
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A Latin mariachi group led Menino from the boathouse to the beach of Jamaica Pond for the annual release of the swans. . (Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff)
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Menino arrived at a surprise 60th birthday party held by family and friends at Joseph's Restaurant on High Street in 2002. (Bill Brett/Globe Staff)
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Menino was renowned for never missing a ribbon cutting, but few proved more consequential than the 2003 ceremonial opening of the I-90 extension, part of the Big Dig. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
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Soap snowflakes fell on Menino at the 14th Annual First Night Seniors Celebration at Boston’s World Trade Center. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
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Menino prepared for another ribbon cutting, this one in 2004 for rehabilitated affordable housing units in the South End. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
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Menino got a standing ovation from parents, teachers, and students on graduation day at Our Lady of the Presentation School. The Oak Square school was closed by the Boston Catholic Archdiocese in 2005, a decision that sparked tensions between Menino, a devout Catholic, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
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Menino threw a football around at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston Blue Hill Clubhouse in 2005. (Dominic Chavez,/Globe Staff)
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During the 20 years Menino spent as mayor, some of his most heart-rending moments were spent comforting the families of children who had been shot. Kai Leigh Harriot survived a shooting and spoke in 2006, the mayor watching. ( David L. Ryan/ Globe Staff)
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Long-time South Boston Councilman James M. Kelly embraced Menino at a 2006 event to dedicate a playground in Kelly’s name outside St. Peter's Academy. (George Rizer/Globe Staff)
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Menino spoke to Cheyenne Isaac, 7, after touring a house that her family bought from the city for $100. (Evan Richman/ Globe Staff)
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From left, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Boston Police Officer Albert Goslin, Governor Deval Patrick, Police Commissioner Ed Davis, and Menino walked to a press conference in 2006.. ( Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff)
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Menino appeared with actress/singer Nancy Anderson at a 2007 event. (Bill Brett/Globe staff)
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Menino and Jim Greene, director of the Emergency Shelter Commission, spoke with a man on the streets near Government Center during the 2007 Boston Homeless Census. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
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Menino peered from a window of a triple decker being refurbished on Hendry Street, in an area of Dorchester that was a a focus of the mayor’s revitalization efforts. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley spoke with Menino at an event focused on the Youth Services and Teen Center at St. Peter Parish. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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Menino was Boston’s first Italian-American mayor, and reveled in his heritage, taking a turn during a 2009 bocce tournament for seniors at Langone Park in the North End. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)
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Menino hit the streets as he sought re-election in 2009, stopping in Roxbury to speak with community leader Sarah-Ann Shaw. It would be his last run for mayor. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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Menino spoke with Edrei Olivero, 7, of Mattapan, before a neighborhood walk in 2010. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
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Menino has a few words with tenant activist Ruth Barkley. He announced groundbreakings for four Boston Housing Authority developments made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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Menino and his wife, Angela made a 2012 trip to the Red Sox spring training facility at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Menino was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital when two bombs struck the Boston Marathon in April 2013. He signed himself out of the hospital, and helped coordinate the response to the attacks, appearing here at a news conference with other officials. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff)
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Menino agonized in early 2013 over whether to seek a sixth term, ultimately deciding not to run again in the wake of a series of health woes. He shared the decision with his staff on the fifth floor of City Hall in March 2013. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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Menino spent his last Halloween as mayor of Boston as he always did -- on his Hyde Park front porch giving out candy to neighborhood children. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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Menino made what would be his final major address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce in December 2013, just weeks before Martin J. Walsh succeeded him as mayor. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
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As the end of Menino’s 20-year run as mayor of Boston approached, the applause grew louder and longer as he attended events across the city. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
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