Mayor Lowers Haverhill City Hall Flags in Honor of Menino

Flags at Haverhill City Hall are today flying at half mast in honor of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino who died of cancer yesterday.

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini ordered the flags lowered at city hall yesterday. Menino, 71, was Boston’s longest serving chief executive.

“He was a giant of a mayor and an inspiration to all of us. May he rest in peace,” Fiorentini said. Fiorentini, first vice president of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association, also participated in a statement issued by the group

“We wish to express our profound sorrow at the passing of Tom Menino, one of America’s great Mayors, who led the City of Boston and all of us through a time of historic transformation, renewal and change. Mayor Menino was a friend and mentor to his colleagues in cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and he leaves a lasting legacy forged by his passion and commitment to helping people and making government work for everyone. The Mayors and local officials of Massachusetts extend our deepest sympathies to Angela and the entire Menino family, and the legion of friends, colleagues and constituents who mourn the loss of a great leader.

Letters and cards may be sent to: Mayor Menino’s Office, Boston University, 75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas M. Menino Fund for Boston.