Former Mayor Thomas Menino’s official website announced funeral arrangements for the city of Boston’s longest serving mayor.
Monday, November 3
Most Precious Blood Parish, Hyde Park
This will be a private event. A large screen will be available on City Hall Plaza for members of the public who wish to view the funeral mass.
The procession from Faneuil Hall to Most Precious Blood Parish will pass the following places of significance.
- Mayor Menino delivered his inaugural address here in 1994 and several subsequent State of the City addresses. On March 28, 2013, Mayor Menino announced at Faneuil Hall that he would not seek re-election.
- Each spring, Mayor Menino held school awards at Faneuil Hall for outstanding students from every Boston Public School in the city. The awards took place over several nights.
Boston City Hall
- Mayor Menino’s second home; the building where he worked for more than 30 years.
- Official Mayoral residence, used by Mayor Menino to host dignitaries, luncheons, and other special events. Mayor Menino also resided for brief periods of time at the Parkman House, as he recovered from hospital stays.
Boston University/Kenmore Square
- Following his final term, which drew to a close in January of 2014, Mayor Menino joined Boston University where he served as co-director for the newly founded Initiative on Cities. At the IoC, Mayor Menino led an effort to investigate the dynamic nature of our world’s cities and bridge the gap between academic research on urban affairs and practical implementation. Mayor Menino’s office is located on Bay State Road.
- Mayor Menino was a lifelong baseball fan and 30+ year season ticket holder for the Boston Red Sox.
- During Mayor Menino’s 20 year tenure, all four of Boston’s major professional sports teams won titles, totaling eight championships.
- The 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox unified the city following the Boston Marathon attacks. Mayor Menino’s final rolling rally took place on November 2, 2013.
- Mayor Menino’s beloved Louisville Slugger baseball bat cane was a gift from longtime friends and devoted Red Sox fans Gary and Lynne Smith.
- In a few weeks, the former Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square will open as a multiservice center—a testament to Mayor Menino’s tenacity and his staunch commitment to enhance all Boston neighborhoods.
- In 2001, Mayor Menino delivered on his promise of bringing a supermarket to Grove Hall. The Grove Hall Mecca, a $13 million shopping complex revitalized Blue Hill Avenue, the main artery of the neighborhood. The project was financed with $1.2 million in city funds, $6.8 million in federal empowerment zone dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and $5 million from Fleet Bank.
- Mayor Menino was proud of the City’s public golf courses. He maintained a special interest in improving this jewel of the Emerald Necklace throughout his mayoralty.
Bowdoin and Geneva
- Each Christmas Eve, Mayor Menino walked the streets of Bowdoin Geneva and passed out toys to children at St. Peter’s Teen Center. It was one of his most cherished traditions.
- On February 28, 2009, the Mattapan community celebrated the opening of this architecturally-stunning, technologically enhanced, and service-rich new Mattapan Branch library at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
- In 1985, then District 5 City Councilor Menino helped form Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) as one of the first urban Main Street Programs in the nation.
Most Precious Blood
- Mayor Menino was baptized at Most Precious Blood and also served at this church as an alter boy. It was his family’s parish; they lived around the corner on Hyde Park Avenue.