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Menino's final advice to Walsh: 'Take care of the people of Boston'

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh recalled his relationship with his predecessor, the late Thomas Menino.
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh remarked Thursday afternoon in front ofCity Hall on the passing of his predecessor, Thomas Menino, whose final concern was the City of Boston, and its people.

"To all that knew him, it's no surprise that more than half of the City of Boston met Tom Menino,” Walsh said to a crowd gathered on City Hall Plaza. “His lifetime of dedication to Boston and her people changed the face of our city.”

Walsh recalled his final conversation with Menino, who died at Brigham and Womens Hospital around 9 a.m. Thursday. The two spoke over the phone, Walsh said.

"His last concern from the hospital bed... He said, 'You're going to be a great mayor, as long as you take care of the people of Boston and keep the people first.' His last concern was the people of Boston," said Walsh.

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To many employees at Boston City hall, Meninowas a mentor and a father figure, Walsh said.

"He was a man for all of Boston.Those he worked with, the school children and their parents, from the homeless to the hungry andthe college students, and the new immigrants. He had a heart big enough for everyone in our city."

 
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