(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- The mayor of New Bedford is remembering the longest-serving mayor of Boston, who died Thursday at the age of 71.
Thomas M. Menino left officer earlier this year after two decades as the mayor of Boston. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving, and had recently suspended his treatments.
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mayor Menino, one of America’s great municipal leaders who transformed Boston into a world-class city,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell in a statement. “At a more personal level, I am grateful for his friendship and the guidance he offered me from time to time about the constructive role a mayor can play in improving the lives of his fellow residents.”
In honor of Menino, the city of New Bedford has lowered its flags to half-mast through the end of the day Friday.
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