Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, has died at age 71, according to a spokeswoman.

Boston was Menino’s extended family

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

Tom Menino and Michael Bloomberg had a laugh during the dedication of the Mother’s Walk at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in 2008.

opinion | Michael R. Bloomberg

Lucky to call Tom Menino a friend

He was a regular guy — someone who connected easily with people — and had a great sense of humor.

Lawrence Harmon

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Lawrence_Harmon-1081.jpg Tom Menino prepared the future for Boston’s kids

He sowed fertile ground for his children, grandchildren, and all the children in Boston.

JOAN VENNOCHI

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

opinion | Seth Gitell

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Menino will always remain an unstoppable and larger-than-life presence.

opinion | Mary Breslauer

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/14%20same%20sex%20marriage-1171437.jpg Tom Menino’s heart extended to LGBT community

He stood shoulder to shoulder with so many of us at precisely the moments we felt most vulnerable.

opinion | l. rafael reif

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/political%202-380182.jpg 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.

Mayor Tom Menino toured the Boston Innovation Center last year.

opinion | John Harthorne

Tom Menino brought innovation to Boston

Menino overcame significant opposition and obstacles to transform the Boston waterfront into a place of growth and collaboration.

opinion | Scott Given

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Menino__Burke_HS-24842.jpg Tom Menino’s undeniably strong legacy on education

The students at UP Academy Boston and the city’s other high-performing district schools are Tom Menino’s legacy.

Editorial cartoon: Remembering Thomas M. Menino

The “urban mechanic” in heaven.

Globe endorsements

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All of the Globe editorial board’s endorsements for the Nov. 4 election.

Op/Extra

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Online-only charts, interactives, and quick hits from Globe Opinion writers.

Alan Dershowitz on fighting terrorism

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How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory over terrorists?

George Mitchell on Mideast peace

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/israel-palestine-mitchell.jpg How we got here

The prospect of Israeli and Palestinian peace may seem more distant than ever. But a two-state solution is still the only path forward.

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