Menino left lasting impact at Hyde Park YMCA

People walked by the Thomas M. Menino YMCA in Hyde Park and spoke of how much he meant to them.

The facility that now bears his name was the Y Menino went to as a young boy and was dedicated to him shortly before he left office. He grew up in the area and went to after school programs there. A spokesperson said he had a picture on his desk of that dedication.

“It’s a very sad day but he is a great man and he will be greatly missed,” one man said.

“They said he was a mayor, basically for all over in Massachusetts. He was a really great, great guy. No one can fill his shoes,” another said.

“We first knew him through hockey. His boy played with our boys. He was just a wonderful man,” one person said.

A spokesperson said Menino was important to the Y, understood its importance to working families, and he championed making the Y available for after-school programs.