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Opinion

John A. Farrell

Tip’s ‘creative fidelity’

MY FATHER raised me wary of priests and politicians. And life has taught me to put my faith in little said at funerals.

But it was the Rev. J. Donald Monan, then president of Boston College, who best captured Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., in a eulogy at the services at St. John the Evangelist on that cold day in 1994.

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