Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Parkway resident Patrick O'Connor attended the funeral for former Mayor Kevin White today, who passed away at 82.
The funeral of former Boston Mayor Kevin White was held today at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay. Parkway resident Patrick O'Connor attended the funeral and took these photos. Read more here about what Barney Frank, Mayor Thomas Menino, and White's family said about the man. Do you have memories of former Boston Mayor Kevin White? Please share them in the comments section.
Dignitaries and regular Bostonians fill Saint Cecilia’s Church on Belvidere Street to honor the former Boston mayor.
Kevin White was not the type of mayor to build a highway through his city. There’s a reason why Interstate 95 runs in a straight line from Florida to Canton, takes a bend around Boston, and continues straight again at Peabody, Congressman Barney Frank told hundreds of people packed into St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay for White’s funeral service. White was a pioneer who said no to the federal funds, Frank said. He was a compassionate leader and a visionary with unconventional ideas, that worked, like using a James Brown concert at the Garden to avoid riots the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. As close friend and former state treasurer Robert Q. Crane put it: “If you knew him, no explanation is necessary. If …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The line at former Mayor Kevin White's wake stretched down Beacon Street from the Parkman House to the State House.
Nearly 200 people lined Beacon Street, from the Parkman House to the State House, to pay their respects today to former Boston Mayor Kevin White, who died on Friday. A bagpipe played as people chatted, and local politicians remembered White as an important and energetic leader who shaped the Boston we know today. "Kevin White set the blueprint for the city," said Mayor Thomas Menino. "We've followed that blueprint over the years." He recalled playing many a game of golf with White. "He was a great mentor for me," Menino said. "We had a lot of good personal times together." Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy also shared fond memories of White. "He was one of the most dynamic and energetic leaders the city has ever seen," Murphy …
Expect traffic and parking restrictions today and Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a press release from the City of Boston. The City of Boston Transportation Department is advising drivers that additional traffic and parking restrictions will be in place on local streets on Tuesday, January 31, and Wednesday, February 1, 2012 due to memorial services taking place for former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White. A public viewing will be held at the Parkman House, 33 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill on Tuesday. On Wednesday, a procession through Downtown streets will proceed a funeral mass at Saint Cecilia’s Church on Belvidere Street in the Back Bay. This will be followed by a public reception at the main branch of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. The procession will begin…
Saturday, January 28, 2012
White, mayor during Boston's busing crisis, is being remembered for his many accomplishments.
Kevin White, Boston's mayor for 16 years, died Friday night. The New York Times reports he was surrounded by his family. White grew up in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury and may be best known for guiding Boston through the turbulent years of the busing crisis. White was mayor from 1968 to 1984. One of his signature moves as mayor came the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. While many cities experienced deadly riots, White used a James Brown concert at the Garden to help instill calm. He suppressed turnout at the actual concert while arranging for live broadcast of it on television. The result: People stayed inside watching the concert instead of taking to the streets. White had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a decade…
White was first elected mayor in 1967 and was responsible for busing during racially-charged times in Boston.
Former Boston Mayor Kevin White, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday. White was first elected mayor in 1967 and led Boston through the tumultuous times of court-ordered busing. Read more about White's political history on CBSnews.com. NYTimes.com writes of when White got musician James Brown to play a concert in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. that helped stop violence in the streets of Boston. Current Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said about White, “My thoughts and prayers are with the White family tonight. Mayor Kevin White was a great friend and a great leader who left a lasting mark of hope and inspiration on the City of Boston. He will be sorely missed.” Do you have memories of Mayor Kevin White? Please share …