I remember well the transformation of the City of Boston that was initiated by Mayor White. I was a child when it was only a vision and a young adult when the city was well on its way to being what it is today. I was hired to work in the first new hotel to open in Boston in a long time. They were exciting and exhilarating times. New construction projects broke ground daily. One day, I was on my way to work in the new hotel when I bumped into Mayor White, who was no longer holding office. He was looking at all of the new construction with a look of wonder and pride. I will always remember that look. He indeed had much to be proud of. Thank you Mayor White. May you rest in peace.
I remember him fondly. He spoke at my graduation from High School in 1969.HE WILL BE MISSED.
I was only a college roommate of his daughter's, but I remember his commanding presence and his attention to detail.
Jen Thayer, Los Alamos, NM
A great Mayor, who brought Boston back to the wonderful city it is.
I will always remember him on stage at Boston Garden before the Rolling Stones concert in 1972. The show was two hours behind schedule due to Keith Richards being detained in Rhode Island and the crowd was not happy. He took the microphone, promised that all public transportation,trains etc. would keep running after the show. He told the audience the band was on the way with a police escort which he arranged. When he left the stage he received a standing ovation from everyone in the Garden! I will never forget it..he was a great Mayor!
REST IN PEACE..A FINE MAN....e. ringer
My Sincere Condolences to the White family at this most difficult time. Rest In Peace Mayor White. You were a great Mayor for Boston. Thank You for your loyal service.
I now live in NC, and check the Boston news now and again. I am so saddened to read this news! Mr. White did such great things in Boston and my favorite teenage memory is Summerthing. That was something that was geared for the teens, but was a family friendly function. In Eastie we all looked forward to Summerthing and all the other Parks and Recs things...Thank you Mr. White....and prayers go to your family.
To the White family,
My sympathies on the loss of Mayor White.
He was a fine leader, and he will be missed. He served the city of Boston well.
I knew Kevin White when I worked at GAry's Drug Store on Charles and Mt Vernon (where he lived) as a teen inthe early 1960's. He came in frequently to cash a cheque (usually for a $100) on the weekend. And I used to deliver items from the store to his house up the street. He was always very polite and freindly--in fact unpretetntious even though he was then Secretary of state of MAssachusetts. James Dubro, Toronto
When I came from Puerto Rico in 1971 I was in front of the Upham Corner Little City Hall in Dorchester looking for some information about the city and the neighborhood and I saw this friendly man approached me and gave strong handshake and said to me, how are you doing? I smile and said I am doing fine sir, thank god! He asked me where is your accent from? I said Puerto Rico. He said good, we have a Puerto Rican community here in Boston and my name is " Kevin Blanco " is that how you say White in spanish? I reply yes sir. Welcome to our city, I am the Mayor he answer with his big and friendly smile. RIP Mr. Kevin Blanco (White). Hector M. Martinez, Boston.
Kevin White, best mayor Boston ever had!
From the teen centers to the Summer Things, he made Boston a proud place to live. Boston was alive and full of energy, I was a young person then, but boy o boy, WE LOVED KEVIN WHITE... YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY ME.
GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY RIP....Robyn Small-Bridgeforth
KEVIN BESTRODE THE HUB LIKE A COLOSSUS,HIS PROTEAN PERSONALITY ALWAYS THEATRICAL, IMAGINATIVE, INCLUSIVE AND DEMANDING. I WORKED FOR HIM FOR EIGHT YEARS, KNEW HIM CLOSE AT HAND FOR 14, AND HIS TEACHINGS REMAIN INGRAINED IN MY MARROW . THE STATUE AT FANEUIL HALL DOES HIM JUSTICE, BUT IT CAN NEVER RISE TO HIS LEVEL!
To the White family -
I am a friend of Mark's from college who, as a native midwesterner from a Chicago suburb, didn't know much about Mayor Kevin White. However, after living in the Boston area since that time, and raising a family here, I have come to greatly value the legacy he left on a city I now love and call home. He was a remarkable man and leader.
With deepest sympathy for your profound loss,
To The White Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of Mayor White.After "the long goodbye" it is a comfort to know that he is at peace,
The poet,Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote:"Like a bird singing in the rain,let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow."
May the Good Lord hold him in the hollow of his hand.
Mary Ellen Welch,East Boston
Dear Mrs. White and Family,
I was a young girl lucky enough to work
for Kevin in the 70's during his administration. He was an amazing person, a charismatic leader and a helpful mentor.His legacy will live on in those of us who were fortunate
enough to have known and worked with him.
mark, liz and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your fathers passing.
Uncle Kevin was a born leader. His political ambitions started at a young age. Even as a boy, Kevin was "mayor of Ruskin Street". My father Brendan, Kevin's brother, used to love to tell us stories from when he and his brothers were kids growing up in West Roxbury. Here are two.
Whenever the neighborood kids played army, he was always the General while my father and other boys were mere privates who reported only to him. Their bunker was a clubhouse in my grandmother's basement.
One day, one of his Lieutenants decided that he wanted to be General. The conversation went something like this:
Lieutenant (saluting): "May I have a word with you General White?"
General White: "Yes Lieutenant, what's on your mind?"
Lieut. "Well General White, I've given it some thought and, well, I want to be General now.
(the other boys look at eachother)
General White: (Deep pause)... "Is that so? Well let me discuss this with other men. Why don't you go outside and we'll let you know what we decide."
(Several minutes past.)
General White: "Lieutenant, we've made a decision"
Lieut: "So I can be General?
Gen. White: "No, we've demoted you to private, now get to work."
One year, a new family moved in down the end of Ruskin street. When he got wind of this news, young Kevin marched down the street and knocked on their front door and said to the kid who answered the door: "what's this I hear about you moving into the neighborhood" (like they were suppose to clear it with him first) needless to say he was promptly kicked off the porch by the boys mother...
...and the rest is history. Rest in Peace Uncle Kevin.
Dear Mark and Family,
Sorry to hear of your loss.
I can remember us as kids sometimes at 124 Beacon street, Mrs.Howard's, and how very exciting it was for all that your father was elected for Boston.
My thoughts are with you, your friends, and all your family.
john paige Marblehead Neck Massachusetts
Our condolences to Mrs. White and Mayor White's whole family. My mother worked for Mayor White when she first came to Boston and always spoke so highly of him. I can remember seeing him as a kid in the candy store on Charles Street and being awe-struck when he spoke to me. He had a very special presence and changed our city in such important ways. We are so sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.Please contact me by phone so that I can talk to you.My phone number is 781-891-8713.
Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mayor Kevin White. The world is so much richer for his having existed. His type are few and so necessary. A visionary. Thank you for using your talents to the betterment of others.
My heartfelt condolences to Kathryn White and family. I remember fondly the days when Mr. White was in office. It was a special time for Boston and he set the city on the path to a great renaissance. His legacy will live forever. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
I worked for the Mayor (75-81) and enjoyed the fact that we were there to change the City for the better.
My condolences go out to the Mayor's family. May he rest in peace.
I remember summer jobs at APAC in the daytime to Summerthing at night at the City Yard in East Boston. Thank you Mayor White. You were right when you said "This is our city ...the City of BOSTON"
I wish to send my condolences to Kathryn
and the children I am a classmate of Kevin's from Tabor Academy class of 1948
The last time I saw him was at our 50th
class reunion in 1998. I thanked him for some of his help while in Boston and I reminisced of our days at Tabor.
May Your days be full of all the good timed memories which will always be with you all. God Bless you all.
KHW best Mayor Boston ever had. Our deepest symphathy to the family of Mr White. We all know he is in better hands.
Rest In Peace.
I had the opportunity and honor to meet Mayor White in the early '70s as a young woman from Maine studying in Boston. I won't forget his electric smile.
He made the City of Boston a wonderful place to live.
W. (Quincy, MA)
I grew up in Beechland Street Projects during Busing. Kevin H. White gave our projects a citation of peace. During the busing period. He iniciated the YAC program. which changed my life in a positive way. I skipped School one day in the Public Garden and saw him walking around in deep thought. I was young and asked if he was ok, He didn't even ask why I wasn't in School .. he knew. He said. Just trying to figure things out kid. He knew,I knew what he meant. He cared for us..
Rest in peace kind man..
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go to the White family at this difficult time. Residences of the Forbes Building-- Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130
Kathryn and family:
How saddened I was to learn of the Mayor Whites passing. I have such fond memories of the entire White family, from the year I spent with you between my sophomore and junior year in college. Through all of these years, the Mayor's influence has been very much a part of me, as I have been involved in many community service projects and political campaigns.
May the Peace of the Lord surround you and comfort you during this difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts in prayers.
Chris,my sincere condolences on the loss of your father.May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. -A special childhood friend Lynn -Dorchester
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Rest in peace.
Richard Hyde and Family
My deepest sympathies to the family
of Mayor Kevin White.
I'm a person who moved from a small
city in western Massachusetts to the bright lights of Boston in the mid 1970s.
I worked at a low level in the White
Administration and I was also a cab driver for a few years.
Although I had to eventually depart Boston due to illness, I will always
treasure the years I spent there,
the friends I made there, the city I
came to know from behind the desk,
and from behind the wheel.
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor White. My deepest sympathies go out to Mayor White's family and friends. Like so many others here I also had the honor to work under Mayor White..thank you for giving us a city that we can be so proud of..your vision made the city what it is today. A truly gifted man...a visionary, when he spoke his eloquence was engaging and his smile captivating. There will only be one Mayor...thank you for all you did and may you rest in peace. You will never be forgotten...Kevin from Heaven..he now looks down over the people and the city that he built. You will always be remembered and live in our hearts as the picture shown.
Denise Geroir Valente
RIP Mayor White and God Bless your family......
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family of Mayor Kevin H. White, his vison has made Boston the world class city it is today. Along the way it has been the economic engine for the region,creating so many,full time and construction jobs for so many families in our great city and greater Boston as well. On behalf of the Officers and members of Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12 in Boston,we will keep our friend Mayor Kevin H. White in our thoughts prayers. Kevin L Cotter Business Manager Plumbers Union Local 12 Boston
I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PASSING OF MAYOR KEVIN WHITE MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU BUTCH AND FAMILY YOU WERE THIER FOR ME ONE TIME GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND HOPE KEVIN'S IN HEAVEN AHALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS AND OLD IRISH SAYING
To you, your mother and your family, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. A truly wonderful man who went above and beyond for the City of Boston. But first and foremost, he was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Having worked in the Public Works Department for over 36 years I know that the constituents of Boston have lost one of their most revered citizens and treasures, but your family has lost a truly wonderful and loving patriach.
Warm regards, Jaqui Connors
my condolences to the family of the mayor. i was at that stones concert in the summer of 1972. stevie woder opened and there was such a long wait after he finished that the garden ran out of all beverages. mayor white took the stage before midnight saying that he had spoken to the governor of rhode island and that the stones would play. he had state police sent to meet them at the border and escort them to the garden. he also said that he had ordered the mbta to run until everyone at the concert had gone home. i think everyone at that concert would have elected him president that night. later when i worked in boston in the early 1980's near city hall i would often see the mayor walking the streets at lunch time saying hello to everyone he met. he was a good man and a great mayor. rest in peace mr mayor.
henry roach, plantation, fl
I am sorry to read of the death of Mayor White, He was the Mayor of the USA, leaving a lasting foot print of beauty for the generations that follow. God Bless Mayor White
Wayne F. Brasco Sr
We are very saddend to hear of Kevin's
passing. Kevin and I were roomates at
Tabor Academy, which leaves me with wonderful memories of him.
Our prayers are with him and his family.
Robert Alexander & Ann Marie Byfield
My family wishes to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Mayor White. My late wife (Nanci Crockett Burrell) was one of the first black women hired by the mayor. He also did much to encourage minority business in the city. He will be sorely missed.
Stephen Burrell and family
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Kevin White. My dad knew him very well (Frank Tivnan). My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kathryn and his family. Boston was very blessed to have Mr. White as it's mayor. He did many great things for Boston. Rest in Peace Mr. White (Terry Tivnan Lance/Hanover, CT)
Our sincere condolences to Kathryn and family. The city has lost a true political icon. Kevin was a dear friend to our family. We will miss his presence.
With sincere respect and graditude, The Labanara family
Thank you for all you did for the City of Boston. Rest in peace Mr. White.
The passing of Kevin White is a very sad time for family,friends,former City workers and the City of Boston.But the recognition of his many accomplishments during his sixteen productive years in office is refreshing.His foresight and administrative ability produced the biggest building boom in the history of the City.
I will never forget the day Kevin asked me to bring my boat to Monument Beach so he could demonstrate his water skiing ability to adoring fans on the beach.Everything was fine until the police boat behind Kevin signaled me to stop which I did.Kevin, unaware of the police boat yelled as he sank what the hell are you doing.
One of many memories
As a result of our association with Kevin all of us have enjoyed a better way of life.
Our prayers are with Kathryn,Family and Friends.
i am so sorry for the loss of kevin white he was a wonderful man my dad knew him well. ellen marie fandel
He was a wonderful man who of course first loved his family - but he also loved his city and served it so well. I will never forget his kindness to my dad and our famile while serving on the BPD dad was shot.
It was an honest compassion and he and his staff did everything to make sure our family was okay. Thank G-d it was not a fatal shot, but his outpouring of compassion, energy and respect for my dad's position on the BPD will never be forgotten and while I do not wish any other child to go through that - I hope that G-d forbid should it happen the sitting mayor is able to do the same (as is Tom Menino today).
It means so much to the family and stays with us always.
i am a BOSTONIAN...now living in NC...but Mr. White made me proud to be from a world class city that he helped make Boston.
Our prayers go to you and your family...be proud of what he did.
Dear Kathryn and family-- My sincere condolences on your loss. I have fond memories of working as part of the Mayor's political organization in Ward 22 Brighton in the 1970's and all the good friends with whom I came in contact , and the privilege to work for the City during the White administration. Truly the end of an era. RIP, Mr. Mayor and Godspeed. You will be missed -- Don Feener, West Roxbury,MA
In '72 the Rolling Stones were late to play Boston Garden. The audience was restless. Onstage Mayor White said the Stones had been arrested in Providence, "But I bailed them out!" There were cheers and we stood on our seats shouting, "Vote for White!" What a memory, and what a great man he was. May God comfort you in your time of loss.
Kathryn and family....On behalf of the Umana family, I extend our heartfelt condolences....Mayor White was an incredible Mayor and a personal friend of my father Guy and uncle Judge Mario Umana...Kathryn please know that if my father was alive today, he would love to chat you up and talk about your days campaigning together throughout East Boston...it was a memorable and funfilled experience for him...We have such good memories of the White era...
curley....walker....WHITE, GIANT mayors of our NATION....and HE was always nice to me
love and prayers to ALL,
Our sincere condolences---Richard& Deborah Clayman
Condolences to the White family. Wishing the peace of God upon you all.
He was one of the best! My heart goes out to the family and friends in this tough time.
A great man and a great Mayor. It was an honor and privilege to work in your administration. Rest in peace.
To the the family of Kevin White - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
Meeting him early in the morning in Gov. Ctr., always a smile and a friendly greeting. Among my fondest memories of growing up in Boston. Miss you your Honor
Thank you, Mr. Mayor.
There are so may things that you gave the city, Summerthing, Little City Halls just to name a couple. You really did make a difference-we believed in you and you delivered. My condolences to Mrs. White and the family. Thank you for sharing The Mayor with us all.
MR WHITE Was a great man he got it done..
I was a young student at Suffolk U.when Mr. White was mayor.He had charm and leadership.He will be missed. As I saw the city then and now, I realize his legacy.Sincere sympathy to his family and all who mourn his loss.
Esther Giman Ross, Nashua, NH
He was a man who made it easy for me. Just follow his lead.!!
Rest in Peace Mr. Mayor. You served this City well making Boston a great place to live and work.
Kathryn, I am sorry for your loss, I have hanging in my home the stake Kevin presented to my mother Mary L. Gillen in City Sq. when the EL came down. Renee Moffatt
Dear Kathryn & Family,
On behalf of my family, I want to express our deepest sympathy and condolences and offer our prayers.
Like many young residents of the City, Mayor White opened the doors of City Hall to us in 1968, allowing us to join his administration and use our energy, our enthusium and our desires to bring substanial and positive change to our neighborhoods and the city. From precinet captain of Ward 22-1 to Ward Coordinator of Allston and Brighton, working for Mayor White was like being in the major leagues. The Mayor transformed the city and propelled us to successful careers in government and other avenues. He lead the city through good times and trying times and never waivered in his responsibilites.
Kevin White was a "loner in love with the city", and he was "Mayor of America" and "Kevin from heaven", where he returns to organize the next campaign. So, for one last time, "Up, Up, the Mayor".
Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to serve in your Administration and the City of Boston. God Bless and God Bless your family.
Mr. Mayor, Kathryn and family, In January 1975, as a 23 year old rookie campaigner, I was given the opportunity to learn the skills and tools of politics and to witness and participate in events that have shaped the Boston that my family and I enjoy today. I am a proud member of the KHW+ team. That experience directed me down a path of public service and advocacy, that was passed down to my own children, all of whom are engaged in our City and one of whom now serves in elected office. The impact of your leadership and of those whom you entrusted responsibility to at that important time in history is immortalized in the reputation Boston enjoys around the world. Some continue to serve the City and the country today. I was mentored and inspired by young men and women like the late Kirk O'Donnell, Elaine Guiney, Bo and Robert Holland, Kevin Fitzgerald, Alan Austin and others whom I met because of you. May you all rest in peace together.
Chris, my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Your old friend from high school,
Condolences to the White family. William J. Leary, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools, 1972 to 1975...Boca Raton,Florida
farewell to a fine man and a great mayor...
Kevin White was quite simply the most outstanding public official I have served. No other person had more influence on my life, my work and what I expect of leaders. My deepest condolences to your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with the White family at this difficult time. I came to Boston as a student the year after Mayor White's election. He served during a time of growth and a time of turbulence in the city and his legacy to the City of Boston is immeasurable.
My condolences to the family. His Honor opened my eyes to the political process in my teen years and I want to thank him for that. RIP.
I will always remember Mayor Kevin White as the man who saved Boston
in the Spring of 1968, after the assassination of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King,Jr.
And I remember him fondly. My sincere condolences to his family.
Brockton, Ma, Formerly of Boston
WHAT I REMEMBER MOST AS A YOUNG MAN WAS GOING TO THE SUNSET SERIES CONCERTS ON THE COMMON I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE MUSICAL GROUPS THAT I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE NEVER SEEN LIKE THE LAST TIME THAT SMOKY AND THE MIRACLES EVER PLAYED TOGETHER AGAIN OR JOHN LEE HOOKER THE HEAD LINER EDGAR WINTERS WHITE TRASH AND THE WARM UP BAND EARTH WIND AND FIRE THERE WERE SO MANY ACTS SEEING THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BEFORE DUANE DIED IN THE ACCIDENT. I WIL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR THAT AND THE CULTURAL DIVIDE THAT WAS BRIDGED K HUBBARD OF VIRGINIA BY WAY OF BRIDGEWATER MA TO THE FAMILY GOD BLESS AND KNOW THAT HE WAS A GREAT MAN WITH A KEEN INSIGHT.
Dear Mayor White;
May you rest in peace. From the age of 15 to 30, I grew up as your being the only Boston mayor I knew and followed, and it was quite a learning experience.
I held campaign signs for Kevin White on the Arborway when I was eight years old, and I remember feeling a fierce pride in OUR CITY when I did it. It is so wonderful to know that so many share the lasting pride and optimism I learned then. It is also wonderful to affirm that Kevin White was a central part of this optimism for so many people. He certainly is part of my life-long belief that cities and their people (but especially my Boston and my people) are beautiful.
He was the man,billg dorchester
I had the great honor of working for Mayor White from 1971 through 1977. He was a tough boss, always keeping you on your feet, but he was not a micro-manager. He was a kind boss who knew his staff well. He was my mentor, whether he knew it or not. I got to know his family and to all of you I can say that I loved your husband and father and he has always been and always will be an inspiration to my career and to my life.
ALWAYS THINK OF THE PLEASANT MEMORIES YOU HAVE OF HIM
AND I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PRICELESS ONES. AS A FATHER,GRANDFATHER, HUSBAND, POLITICIAN AND A MAN, KEVIN WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST. THEIR ARE MANY DEFINITIONS OF THE WORDS "TRUE FRIEND" WE SHOULD NOW ADD AS THE BEST EXAMPLE "KEVIN H. WHITE". OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU KATHERYN AND FAMILY. SAL AND BETTE CIMINO , MILFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.
He took us to the movies for his son's birthday one year to see "The Viking Queen". I was only about eleven and the movie was quite racy. Today, a politician who did something like that would be forced to resign. But that was then - a different world. He was a great man. As much a part of Boston's soul as the founders themselves. My condolences to the family.
Kevin White brought a new zest to Boston's city government.He had a vision for the city that was unmatched from Little City Halls, and Summerthing to better delivery of essential services. He made City Hall come alive with style and class.As George Frazier said he had duende.It was challenging and fun to work in Kevin White's administration as a young man. Our sympathies to the Kathryn and the White family.
The words at Psalm 147:3 can provide comfort for family and friends of Kevin H. White during their time of sorrow. He is healing the brokenhearted ones, And is binding up their painful spots.
Mayor White, thank you! It was never about you. a quality others after you never knew. Boston became what it is because of you. I never met you. I grew up there and know the before and after. may you rest knowing the greatness you created!
Many of us came of age in Kevin White's Boston - he loved this City and inspired us to love her too - for that we (and she) are eternally grateful.
May your journey on the other side be peaceful. You were a steady and dynamic leader in the city during very turbulent times. Thank you for your contributions and hard work to make Boston a great city!
I use to enjoy vising with the Mayor when my Dad and I were in the country. He was a great leader and had the heart and Courage of a true Irishman! God bless his soul.
God Speed Kevin, you were simply quite the best, the time has come for you to rejoice in the memories of your wonderful life.
Dick George Former Admin. Asst.to Senator F.X. McCann (Deceased)
ward 1 prec. 12 reporting the man and mayor who knew how to lead. we could all use more politicians like kevin white . he was very good to me and my family even with some of my juvenile behavior. i look back at the seventies with admiration and love for the mayor and the city. sincerely skip picarello
The man who made the modern Boston. Thank you for your vision and leadership.
Just the best Mayor, he built Boston! We were Beacon Hill neighbors and I'd often meet him at the local store where you could select movies/tapes - he'd wander around, ask my opinion and never let on that he was "Mayor", so gracious, kind and a man for all the people. Deepest sympathies,
Lois Nally, Abington, MA
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
i owned a sandwich store on 16 bromfield st boston and kevin would walk the street and come in to see how the owner were doing one of the greatest mayor ever
When I moved to Boston in 1966 it was a new experience for me. By 68 the world and the city had changed. My Mayor guided us to the new Boston. One that I now always call my home town.Thank you Mr. Mayor. We were so lucky to have you.
Our deepest condolences to the family of Mayor White. Truly he was a great man. My wife and I will always remember how personable, kind, and courteous he was to us when we met him near Haymarket, about 8 years ago when we lived in Boston. You are in our prayers always Mayor White. God Bless.
Condolences from the whole Aronson family in Blackstone to the Mayor White's family. He was truly a man amongst men - a legend never to be forgotten.
Thank you Mr Mayor for being a great citizen of Boston, Mass. You always did us proud.
One great Mayor who lead the city well. A man of character and grace. Rest in Peace Mr. Mayor.
Great Mayor, fantastic neighbor! Kevin saw me on the Arlington Street 25 years after I moved from Beacon Hill. He walked right up to me and said hello to my wife and I as though I had never left. We'll all say our prayers for you Kevin! GOD bless!
I heard Kevin White, as Secretary of State, speak at Boys State in 1965. His enthusiasm for public service and his youth moved me to go into public service. Every generation needs several Kevin Whites. My condolences to his family.
I began my work life at City Hall under Kevin White.
He gave me extraordinary opportunities which have shaped and strengthened my life and career. To the entire White family, my deepest sympathies.
We are so sorry for you'r loss, he was a great man. I remember spending most of my childhood in city hall with my father Moe and i would see Kevin all the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I did come across some great pictures you'r family may like. firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara & Kathy Fuoco
On behalf of the many Kelly cousins, I extend our deep sympathy to Katherine and family. Our extended family reunion in Needham so many years ago brought multiple generations together. This intersection of our lives was but one of many that enriched the paths made by our parents here and in Ireland. May Kevin rest in peace and may your family be comforted in remembering how proud we always were of him.
As one-time neighbor, as someone who could identify and enlist other leaders so that together 'the team' could turn dreams into reality, thank you Mr Mayor. As far as I'm concerned you were and still are Boston's pre-eminent leader, its greatest mayor, someone whose legacy entails doing the most good for the greatest number--be they residents or visitors. Rest in God's Presence knowing that you will be long remembered, and forever respected and appreciated. Fr John Rick
Twenty two years ago I visited Boston for the first time. I come back every year to soak up all that is Beantown...Kevin White made the Boston that I love so much what it is today. Thank You Your Honor! Rest in Peace.
To Mayor White's family I offer my most sincere condolences.His love of Boston was only exceeded by his love of the poeple of Boston and his family.
Kevin you were a great mayor,I think the best but most important of all you were a good person
Beth, your stories about growing up the daughter of the "Lord Mayor of Boston" were so very entertaining - - although we worked together 20 years ago I still chuckle when I think about them. I hope and pray those wonderful memories, in time,will heal your pain. Please accept my sincere condolences.
...rest peacefully, Mr. Mayor...
...Bill Jameson, North Falmouth, MA...
Kevin White was a fantastic mayor -- I had the opportunity to work in his administration in my first job out of college, and I was amazed by his knowledge of what our department was doing, and its importance to the citizens. He was a brilliant mayor and a visionary of what the city could be.
So many years and such wonderful memories of Kevin, Kathryn, Barney, Jack, City Hall, Kathryn's birthday when I wore the same dress (!) and the local paper's headline, "Kevin's Coming" on page 3 or 4. The McGuanes remember, with love and sadness.
My deepest sympathies for all of the good people from the White and Galvin families, originally from Ward 20 and Ward 2. A great leader, a visionary, and a gritty Boston politician in the very best sense of the word. Yes, I was at that Stones (stoned?) concert as a college kid, and later I was blessed...no other word for it...to work for him at City Hall and Boston City Hospital. I have toiled in many political campaigns and causes and no one ever came close to his energy, his magnetism, his toughness, and yes his ever endearing charm. We will miss you Mayor White. God speed for His Honor. God speed.
thank you for making my city world class.
my prayers are with your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time on your loss.
Kathryn, Mark and Family - I don't think the City of Boston will ever see another Mayor like "Mayor White". He was deeply loved and will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Kevin, was a great Mayor. When the whole country was rioting in "68" Mayor white allowed the James Brown concert at the "Garden" to go on and it aired on wgbh at the same time live. Boston was calm , peaceful and violence free, no Burning buildings, no death.
I saw Mayor White on Beacon Hill in Oct. of 1996 I was with a beautiful gal, he smiled at me with a nod. For the 1st time I said Hello Mr. Mayor.
Rest in peace Mayor White.
Thanks Kevin! You made the City, there has been and never will be no other like you!!! I appreciate your assistance and support. Rest in Peace
With fondest memories working in the Office of the Deputy Mayor, Ed Sullivan during the early 70's, my prayers are offered for the White family.
Growing up in Dorchester housing projects, I will always treasure that work experience with such a talented and hard working staff.
Now retired and looking back after serving in Vietnam and jobs in the public sector for Montgomery County, Maryland and the National Cancer Institute, it has only served to underscore what a special time it was and how much it shaped my professional work experience.
Mayor White's sterling stewardship of the city will never be forgotten and only more appreciated with the passage of time.
a look at pictures of the Boston skyline before he took office and look at the same when he left office proves what a great mayor he was.
may God rest his soul.
my deepest sympathy to Kathryn and family.
Thank you for the many kindnesses you brought to my family.
Thanks Kevin...like for the little City Halls..Summerthing..having bailing out the rolling stones that night...a great Irishman
Great Mayor , we need more like him today. Lived there during his tenure .
Ward 1 precinct. 13 reporting great saddness in learning the passing of our beloved Mayor.
Kathryn, Mark, and and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. The Hoey family. We have many happy memories of our Mayor, too many recite. Boston is what it is because of Kevin White.
Thanks for getting the Stones out of jail in Providence in '72.
Ward 1 precinct. 13 reporting great saddness in learning the passing of our beloved Mayor. Kathryn, Mark, and and family, please accepted our heartfelt condolences. The Hoey family. We have many happy memories of our Mayor, too many recite. Boston is what it is because of Kevin White.
R.I.P. Kevin White. You will be remembered when one looks at Fanueil Hall and other redevelopment projects that were initiated under your leadership!
The late Mayor Kevin White put the 'C' in change as far as Boston is concern. Fanueil Hall, lot of Boston'Redevelopment were initiated under his leadership. He wasn't perfect but he was the consummate politician and got things done! R.I.P. Kevin White!!
A distant admirer, having gone to Latin School with brother Terry, I am saddened for the great White family, but heartened by knowing that his legacy will forever be present in my home town.
Kevin White will always be the peoples Mayor. Irish,Black,Italians,Greeks,all of us is what made Boston with the leadership of Mayor Kevin.He will always be in my prayers. God bless Mayor Kevin.
I spent a career in local government management inspired by Kevin White and his vision for Boston and how he transformed it. A key figure in my life and work.
Heartfelt condolences. I remember how special your dad was to you during our college years and, surely, throughout your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
a great man... that's all that needs to be said.
East Boston, MA
My sincere sympathy to the family of Mayor White. I remember all of the good things he did for the city where I grew up, and I hated the bad things that happened to him. He will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks, Mayor White. You left things a lot better than they were when you arrived.
Mayor White was a great man. Years ago, I was walking on the flat of Beacon Hill and there was Mayor White. He took one look at me and said, "Just what Boston needs, another gorgeous redhead!" I have admired him ever since. May he rest in peace.
I, like many others who worked for the City of Boston under Kevin's leadership and mentorship, am deeply saddened by his passing.
He was a wonderful man, Mayor, and teacher ... we have all benefited greatly from his presence and leadership.
My thoughts and prayers are with Kathryn and his children. Thank you for sharing him with us and our City.
Mayor White, you will be missed. May God bless your family.
DEAR KATHRYN AND FAMILY, I WAS SORRY TO HEAR OF KEVIN'S PASSING. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF KEVIN ESPECIALLY IN MY ASSISTANCE IN HIS ELECTION OF MAYOR OF BOSTON. BE ASSURED PAT AND I WILL KEEP KEVIN AND YOUR FAMILY IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AT MASS THIS WEEKEND HERE IN FLORIDA. MAY KEVIN REST IN PEACE. FONDLY TIM
family The city and friends have lost a great leader.Oh, how I remember the days at City Hall as a reporter covering Kevin...and of the trips to the White House, New York and other ccities. The best to the family for all the memories.... Don Batting WBZ retired
I was at a Rolling Stones concert at the Boston Garden in the early 70's with Stevie Wonder as the warm up show.Keith Richards punched out a photographer in Warwick,R.I. and got the Stones arrested.Mayor White got up on stage and explained the situation to the crowd. He later came back to announce;"I got them out" and received the loudest applause of the evening.He kept the MBTA open late for the safe return of the fans. God rest your soul.
I am very proud to say I worked on the Mayor's Summerthing for innercity kids back in the 70's. It was an honor and privilege. Rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Kevin White had the self-confidence to surround himself with top-drawer advisers and staff members -- often holding opposing views -- and then made policy decisions reflecting not only what his team proposed, but also his own astute analysis of the best ways to go forward. He was, indeed, the shining light of the city on the hill.
A dynamo who harnessed his powerful intellect, vision and drive and crafted Boston into the world-class city it is today. Thank you for everything.
With deepest sympathy,
Richard Wm. Furcolo & Family
As one who grew up in J.P. Thanks for making Boston the city it is today. You and your family will be in my prayers.
I was ayoung firefighter stationed on Beacon Hill in 1970 when I was befriended by the Mayor. He served the city well. May he rest in peace.
Frank Greenberg Rockland Mass.
It was an honor and privilege to work in his administration during the mid 70's with the Youth Activities Commission. Kevin White leaves a great legacy as Mayor by leading the City of Boston into the moden era. May he now R.I.P.
Thank you Mayor for everything you did for the city of Boston.
Kevin H. White was the greatest Mayor of Boston ever!
My sincere sympathies to the family and to the myriad of people who worked with, respected, and I suspect in many case loved Mayor White.
Dear White Family hello there my name is Faith tobin and I'd like to express my condolences's to the Family of the passing of Kevin H.white he'll surely be missed.Faith Tobin@aol.com.luv,Faith
One thing's for sure: despite the tears so many of us will shed for Kevin White here, they're all smiles in heaven.
From all the staff at The Paramount Beacon Hill. Thank you for being a regular customer and a good friend.
We will miss you. You smiling face from the 1972 election will always hang proudly on our wall.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the White Family
he cared and helped carry the city through some hard times and into the future
Kathryn and family....On behalf of the Umana family I extend our heartfelt condolences...Mayor White was an incredible Mayor and personal friend of my father Guy and uncle Judge Mario Umana...Kathryn please know that if my father was alive today he would love to chat you up and talk about your days together campaigning throughout East Boston...it was a memorable and fun filled experience for him...We have such good memories of the White era.....
As a city kid growing up in Brighton during his tenure I appreciate everything he did for the kids and the city.
I grew up as a young Afrikan american in beantown and suffered the racial issues of the same. However a teen living in the south end i was aware of mayors efforts to bring us together as a people..He was like Sen Kennedy he always believed people could compromise and come to an overstanding..I grew to become an Atty and owe a lot to his decency ..To his family..Hold on to his memory he was the best
As a kid growing up in Southie I remember vividly working on "the Mayor's" campaigns as those green & white buttons so boldly proclaimed, if anyone didn't know who was in charge. He was a true visionary, who guided Boston through the most difficult forced busing years. He was class, dignity and a smart tough pol who took care of his people. He was an inspiration to me to enter public service. God Bless!
Very few were as visionary as Mayor Kevin Hagan White — perhaps only his equally colorful and imaginative predecessor, James Michael Curley. But Boston today is a world class city in a way no one but Mayor White ever imagined it would be. May he rest in eternal peace, and may the blessing of many warm memories envelope the White Family now in their time of loss.
I had the absolute pleasure of taking Kevin White's class in 1988 when he was teaching at Boston University. He was the most engaging, challening and entertaining professor I ever had. Sad to hear he's gone.
Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to you all. He was a very special man and we were all blessed by his presence.
The Miller-Barnett family
Kevan White was a great Mayor and a truly great person.He made Boston what it is today.May he rest in peace.
R.I.P. and Thank You, Kevin
kevin White will go down and one of the best Mayors of Boston. God bless him and may he rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts are with him.
Thank you Mr. Mayor! God speed
My deepest condolences to the whole White family. I grew up in the Boston area during Mayor White's early terms and saw first hand the transformation of the city. And then lived in Boston during his final term. It was a vibrant exciting city in which to live. Not elitist and very welcome to all kinds of people. I'm glad I have that history and that he was part of mine.
The White Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The world needs more leaders like him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Tom Albert.
Sorry to hear of Kevin's pasing away. He certainly changed the face of Boston. sincerely former Revere City Councilor Billy Bell
To the White Family:
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Mr Mayor was a great guy, who touched many lives and truly made a difference, just as in the movie - Wonderful Life.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Walter and Michael Sullivan
Thanks for making Boston No # 1 city in the world
Forever a part of Boston's history. You will be missed.
A city that will forever be in love with the loner. We will miss you. We are richer for having know you.
A Boston institution! Thank you Mayor White for all you did for for Boston and making it into a world class city. History will remember you as one of the greats to lead this city. R.I.P
Rest in peace and thank you for what you did for the city and people of the state
Some of my earliest memories were seeing your lawn signs up in Brighton in the early 70s. Then in the early 90s I was a BU student and you taught the class before mine in the same classroom. I looked at you and asked, you look familiar, do I know you? Then the last 10 years would see at various campaign events for your daughter and Steve Murphy, both of whom i proudly voted for, and you were with your friend who used to be Mass. Secretary of State. You were truly one of the really good guys and left a good mark on this city, left it in a better place than before you came.
Kevin White was a great mayor and he made Boston what it is today a great city to live in.
Former Boston Resident
To Kathryn and family,
Kevin White gave me one of the best jobs I ever had - to help build the City of Boston and my neighborhood of Chinatown as a catalyst and founder of several organizations such as the South Cove Community Health Center and the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center . My condolences to the family.
Mayor White lead Boston well during tough times, He built it into an outstanding place to live and work.
Best he did this with a style and grace that lifted the city.
My prayers for the White family
Aside from his many accomplishments as mayor, Kevin had a very humane side in which he demonstrated a warmth of human kindness and character in dealing with the problems of some of the less fortunate and always showing them proper respect much to his credit.
As a 12 year old my brother and I used to go into Boston on the MBTA from the suburbs to spend the day at Community Boating and once or twice over the course of the summer, we would wander, unannounced, up to Mayor White's office in Government Center. He always welcomed our sporadic visits and would take 15 minutes out of his day to talk with us about the city and growing up. inevitably we would be ushered out by the mayor's aides who probably feared that Kevin would give us the best part of the day... Later I attended the same high school (Tabor Academy)as he did and I always believed he stood for everything that could be good about Boston. not until I read the Pulitzer Prize winning book "Common Ground" by J. Anthony Lukas did I realize what a difference one man made in a racially torn city.
God Bless and Rest in Peace Mr. Mayor...
Thank you for helping make The City of Boston a beautiful place to live and visit. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and all who loved you. God bless
Rest in peace, Mr. Mayor. Your vision started the transformation of Boston into the metropolis it is today. We are the shining city on the hill thanks to your vision.
I remember Kevin White's mayoral days fondly. I remember him clearing the way for James Brown to play in old Beantown right after MLK's assasination. Thereby avoiding the chaos and destruction happening elsewhere in the country. Sorry he went out like this, but he did well by his name and his family. A true public servant from the old school definition. We could use some like him today. Rest in Peace Mayor White.
Kevin White made this city what it is today: A shining city on a hill. Thank you for leaving us such a legacy.
We are so very sorry to hear of Kevin's death. Our thoughts, prayers and love to Kathryn and the family.