Mayor Menino to Lie In State at Faneuil Hall
Residents and those with a personal connection to late mayor Tom Menino will have an opportunity to say a final goodbye to the city’s “urban mechanic” this weekend.
On Sunday, November 2, Menino will lie in state—a tradition where a casket is put on display in a public municipal building so the community can pay their respects—at Faneuil Hall beginning at 10 a.m., according to details posted to a website dedicated to the former elected official.
A private funeral service for the mayor will be held the following day in the neighborhood where he grew up, Hyde Park, at the Most Precious Blood Parish, at 12 p.m.
Additional details and information about service arrangements will be provided as they become available, according to information on TomMenino.org.
Menino, who served two decades and five-terms in office as the leader of Boston, passed away Thursday morning, at 9 a.m., with his family and friends by his side, just days after stopping chemotherapy treatments for an advanced form of cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
For those who are unable to attend the service on Sunday morning, memories, including messages and photographs, can be shared publicly on a special section of the website created on the mayor’s behalf. Books are also being distributed around the city, at neighborhood libraries and community centers, so people can stop and reflect on Menino’s time in office by writing a message and offering their condolences to his family. Cards and donations in lieu of flowers can also be sent to Menino’s loved ones.
Makeshift memorials paying tribute to Menino’s legacy have also been set up around the city. A wreath with messages and letters left beneath it stands in Downtown Crossing, near the old Filene’s hole that is currently the site of new construction that Menino is credited with ushering in. Flowers and letters have also been piling up inside the entrance of City Hall, where Menino overlooked the city for 20 years.