Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Dead at 71

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Former Mayor Tom Menino in his office at Boston University, Friday, March 14, 2014.
Photo: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

At just after 9:00 a.m. this morning the Honorable Thomas M. Menino passed into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer,” according to an announcement from his family. The lovable everyman and longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history left office earlier this year after two decades in charge. He was then diagnosed with advanced cancer of the liver and lymph nodes. The Boston Globe’s obituary begins with a representative quote: “Visionaries don’t get things done,” Menino once said.

Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Dead at 71