In deep sadness and regret, together with the citizens of Boston, we mourn the loss of a great man, an outstanding statesman who, during long years at the helm of his dearest city, through relentless efforts and unparalleled courage, he catapulted Boston to prosperity, success and worldwide recognition.
A vibrant personality, sublimely gifted, a man of bold decisions, Mayor Menino never hesitated to swim against the unforgiving currents of domestic politics, becoming known far beyond the limits not only of his city, but also of his country.
Personally, I bid farewell to a most beloved person with whom for more than two decades I shared a sincere and profound friendship.
Tonight, together with his family, let us all pray for Thomas, wishing that our sorrow will turn into an enduring memory.
Dimitris L. Avramopoulos