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BOSTON (AP) — Kevin H. White, who was mayor of Boston for 16 years including racially turbulent times in the 1970s and was credited with putting the city on a path to prosperity, died Friday, a family spokesman said. He was 82.

White, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, died peacefully at his Boston home surrounded by his family, spokesman and friend George Regan said.

"He was a man who built Boston into the world-class city it is today," said Regan, who called his loss "devastating."

White, a white Irish Catholic from a family of politicians, is credited with revitalizing Boston's downtown and seeing the city through court-ordered desegregation of schools, but he ended his four-term tenure in 1983 under a cloud of ethics suspicions.

White, a Democrat, was elected Massachusetts secretary of state three times before running for mayor for the first time in 1967. He was re-elected in 1971, 1975 and 1979.

White was considered as a vice presidential running mate to South Dakota U.S. Sen. George McGovern in 1972 but was passed over for Missouri U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, who was later shunted aside for R. Sargent Shriver Jr.

After U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity ordered some pupils to be bused to other areas of the city to ensure racially mixed public schools in 1974, White protected schoolchildren from violence with federal and state assistance during the period of crisis and in 1976 led a march of 30,000 to protest racial violence.

Massachusetts' U.S. Sen. John Kerry, a fellow Democrat, said White "knew how to wisely wield the power of the mayor's office for the public good."

"For 16 years," Kerry said in a statement, "the mayor shepherded the city through the turbulence of the late '60s and mid-'70s and in the process ushered in the remarkable city we know today."

Current Mayor Thomas Menino, also a Democrat, praised White for his contributions to the city.

"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 said in a statement. "He will be sorely missed."

White's first two terms were known for his Little City Halls in the city's far-flung neighborhoods that gave power to ethnic and racial minorities, but he consolidated his power in his latter two terms.

White closed the Little City Halls and instead used a network of ward lieutenants who rewarded the mayor's supporters with city jobs and contracts.

Seven mayoral aides were eventually indicted on fraud and extortion charges. His one-time budget director and an official of the Boston Redevelopment Authority were convicted of fraudulently obtaining city pensions. A deputy commissioner was convicted of tax evasion for failing to report money prosecutors said he gained from bribes.

White was never implicated. The State Ethics Commission, however, conducted a 10-month investigation that found "reasonable cause" that White had violated conflict-of-interest laws.

The city also wallowed in a financial crisis in the latter years of his tenure that led to layoffs of police officers and firefighters and the shutdown of some stations.

A liberal reformer, White appealed to a cross-section of society, including the young.

Once, when the Rolling Stones were arrested on the way to Boston, the mayor released them into his own custody.

"The Stones have been busted, but I have sprung them!" he told an audience at Boston Garden.

White is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathryn Galvin White, five children and several grandchildren.

Associated Press writer Sylvia Wingfield contributed to this report.

MARK PRATT, Associated Press



Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Published in Boston Globe on Jan. 28, 2012.
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January 3, 2015
I first met Kevin White at Black Expo in my home town of Indianapolis in 1972, ironically, I got a job on a Boston tv station the next year and he was kind enough to do my show, after that he became my friend and mentor. He was very kind with a coolness that matched his piercing blue eyes. I will always be grateful for his friendship. The best to his family,
Janet Langhart Cohen
Janet Langhart-Cohen
May 19, 2013
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.
Gail Campbell
December 8, 2012
I remember him fondly. He spoke at my graduation from High School in 1969.HE WILL BE MISSED.
April 16, 2012
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
April 10, 2012
A great Mayor, who brought Boston back to the wonderful city it is.
John Carney
March 28, 2012
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!
Karen Doros
March 23, 2012
HE WAS A GREAT GUY
Charlie Dee
March 22, 2012
REST IN PEACE..A FINE MAN....e. ringer
March 9, 2012
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.
Jeanne McCormick
March 7, 2012
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.
Anne Crider
March 1, 2012
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.
Mary O'Connor
February 22, 2012
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
james Dubro
February 11, 2012
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.
Hector M. Martinez
February 7, 2012
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
Robyn Small-Bridgeforth
February 3, 2012
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!
FRANK TIVNAN
February 3, 2012
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,
Lisa Marder
February 3, 2012
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
Mary Ellen Welch
February 2, 2012
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.
Sandra Pascucci
February 2, 2012
mark, liz and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your fathers passing.

paula o'meara,
limerick Ireland
February 2, 2012
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."

Another Story:

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.
Sarah White
February 1, 2012
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.

Sincerely,

john paige Marblehead Neck Massachusetts
February 1, 2012
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.
February 1, 2012
Dear Kathryn:
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.
Susan Furman
February 1, 2012
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.
Joan Seeley
February 1, 2012
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.
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Margery Daly
February 1, 2012
I worked for the Mayor (75-81) and enjoyed the fact that we were there to change the City for the better.
Matt Mulvey
February 1, 2012
My condolences go out to the Mayor's family. May he rest in peace.
Timmy McNulty
February 1, 2012
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"
Richard Polizzi
January 31, 2012
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.
Whipple Crossman
January 31, 2012
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.
Anita & Wilson González
January 31, 2012
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)
January 31, 2012
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..
Kathleen Shaughnessy
January 31, 2012
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go to the White family at this difficult time. Residences of the Forbes Building-- Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130
Jim Spriggs
January 31, 2012
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.
Fondly,
Claire Bonney
January 31, 2012
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
lynn Fitzgerald
January 31, 2012
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
Richard Hyde
January 31, 2012
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.
DN
January 31, 2012
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
Denise Valente
January 31, 2012
RIP Mayor White and God Bless your family......
January 31, 2012
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
Kevin
Kevin Cotter
January 30, 2012
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
MARY DEAL COADY
January 30, 2012
Mark,
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
Jaqui Connors
January 30, 2012
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
January 30, 2012
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
Waltham, Ma
Wayne Brasco
January 30, 2012
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
Robert Byfield
January 30, 2012
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
Stephen Burrell
January 30, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 30, 2012
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)
Terry Tivnan Lance
January 30, 2012
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
January 30, 2012
Thank you for all you did for the City of Boston. Rest in peace Mr. White.
Karen Tracey
January 30, 2012
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.
Bob & Jeanne Vey
January 30, 2012
i am so sorry for the loss of kevin white he was a wonderful man my dad knew him well. ellen marie fandel
ellen fandel
January 30, 2012
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.
Daniel Krueger
January 30, 2012
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.
Joe Lancione
Salisbury NC
Joe Lancione
January 30, 2012
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
Don Feener
January 30, 2012
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.
Mark Woodworth
January 30, 2012
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...
Anne Umana
January 30, 2012

curley....walker....WHITE, GIANT mayors of our NATION....and HE was always nice to me
love and prayers to ALL,
george sacco
george sacco
January 30, 2012
Our sincere condolences---Richard& Deborah Clayman
Richard Clayman
January 30, 2012
Condolences to the White family. Wishing the peace of God upon you all.
January 30, 2012
He was one of the best! My heart goes out to the family and friends in this tough time.
Alex Estin
January 30, 2012
A great man and a great Mayor. It was an honor and privilege to work in your administration. Rest in peace.
Joyce Foley
January 30, 2012
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.
January 30, 2012
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
Edard Cochran
January 30, 2012
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.
Larry Simmons
January 29, 2012
MR WHITE Was a great man he got it done..
paul struzziero Sr
January 29, 2012
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
January 29, 2012
He was a man who made it easy for me. Just follow his lead.!!
paul
January 29, 2012
Rest in Peace Mr. Mayor. You served this City well making Boston a great place to live and work.
Dennis M Conway
January 29, 2012
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
January 29, 2012
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.
Michael Hanlon
January 29, 2012
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.
Jim Collins and Family
January 29, 2012
Chris, my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Your old friend from high school,
Kerin Smith - Hughes
January 29, 2012
Condolences to the White family. William J. Leary, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools, 1972 to 1975...Boca Raton,Florida
January 29, 2012
farewell to a fine man and a great mayor...
jeffery mcnary
January 29, 2012
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.
Jon Dopkeen
January 29, 2012
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.
Mary S.
January 29, 2012
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.
George Finch
January 29, 2012
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.
Jan Brassil
Brockton, Ma, Formerly of Boston
January 29, 2012
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.
K HUBBARD
January 29, 2012
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.
Thank you.
Gene Lee
January 29, 2012
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.
Cynthia Manson
January 29, 2012
He was the man,billg dorchester
bill gallagher
January 29, 2012
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.
John Comerford
January 29, 2012
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.
SALVATORE CIMINO
January 29, 2012
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.
John DeGiacomo
January 29, 2012
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.
Ray McNulty
January 29, 2012
Maudeana Strumph
January 29, 2012
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.
Barb
January 29, 2012
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!
Mike O
January 29, 2012
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.
Pam McKinney
January 29, 2012
Mayor White,

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!
Jodi Paris Anastos
January 29, 2012
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.
Jim Murray
January 29, 2012
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)
Dick George
January 29, 2012
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
January 29, 2012
The man who made the modern Boston. Thank you for your vision and leadership.
John Holman
January 29, 2012
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
January 29, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Bob Cusick
January 29, 2012
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
raymond terilli
January 29, 2012
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.
Les
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