Posted by Kate Weldon LeBlanc

My hometown of Boston was one of the first loves of my life. As long as I can remember, I have been passionate about the city – its sports teams, its rich diversity, its skyline, its neighborhoods, and yes, its politics. So last week’s passing of Thomas Menino feels personal to me, like it does for countless other “Bostonians” – past, present, or honorary.

Tom Menino was the Mayor of Boston for 20 years, half of my life. One of the most impressive statistics is that he met over 60% of Boston residents during his tenure. A friend mused recently that this is probably an underestimate. Mayor Menino loved being at neighborhood events, from dawn to dark. The people of Boston grounded him and gave him energy. Indeed I was one of many who had the opportunity to meet the Mayor on many occasions, and I am so glad that my daughter met him also.

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