Boston Will Miss Thomas Menino ‘The People’s Mayor’

Updated: October 30, 2014
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The pride I have when I say “I am from Boston” can not be properly described in words. It may sound cocky at times, however that comes with the territory.

The history of New England is taught daily throughout schools in America. We have our own accent, and many times actors have tried and failed at getting it right. Pride in where you come from is a given, however Bostonians overachieve in the “sports fan’” lifestyle.

The very second a child is born, there is always that one, two or three family member(s) with a piece of clothing that has at least one of our beloved sports teams displayed prominently — it’s tradition.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, we lost a man that lived with the strength of Boston on his back daily. He was there for us during 9/11, and the Boston Marathon Bombings. Mayor Thomas Menino passed away at the age of 71 due to complications of cancer. He was the longest running mayor of Boston.

Menino made it very clear , he was “The People’s Mayor.” His love for Boston outshined party affiliation. He took on a city that was in direct need of resurgence and repair. He accomplished that, and so much more. He was elected in a landslide in 1993, and this was one of his most memorable quotes:

“I want to help people, help one individual a day. Just to make their life a little bit better.”

Any Boston sports fan can smile at the memory of Mayor Menino. We called him “Mumbles,” however, it was a term of endearment. That man could never get our athletes’ names right, except one, Big Papi.

The mayor and Boston Red Sox’ David Ortiz seemed to have a mutual love and respect for one another. During the tragedies of 9/11 and The Boston Marathon bombing, it was Menino and Ortiz that gave us the outlet to come together and truly be “Boston Strong.”

He was a mayor of champions, regardless of whether it be on a field, on the ice, on the court, or shoveling snow in your driveway. He was our beloved mayor who changed that sky line of Boston forever. We mourn your loss, as only you would ask of us … with pride, passion and strength to heal and move on. RIP mayor.


Robyn Vandenberg

Twitter: @WhatWouldTB12Do

Photo Cred (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

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