By Bill Shields, WBZ-TVBy Bill Shields

BOSTON (CBS) – It was a steady line of mourners at the Parkman House today, as over 5,000 people paid their respects to former Boston Mayor Kevin White.

“He took this city to another level,” said former Mayor Ray Flynn. “His focus was on the downtown, and he did a masterful job.”

From 1968, through 1983, Kevin White led the city through racially-charged times, and virtually reinvented downtown Boston and the waterfront. “History will judge him kindly, ” said City Councilor Charles Yancy. “Because he was faced with a racially-torn city. But he handled it as well as anyone could at the time.”

Current Mayor Tom Menino was ebullient with his praise for White. “He was a great leader, in a time that called for a great leader.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

White died last Friday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82.

At 5:45 p.m., there was still a long line of mourners on the sidewalk on Beacon Street, even though the wake started at 2p.m.

The funeral is set for Wednesday, with a procession from Beacon Hill, through the Back Bay.

Comments (3)
  1. sdfsdgsfdgd says:

    Let’s hope that out of respect for him they shut out Mumbles from the procedings, since he has spent the last 20 years destroying everything that Kevin White did to make Boston a world class city. The Boston of Kevin White was a destination. The Boston of Mumbles is a crime ridden sanctuary city and a symbol of the decay and failure that results from liberal policies.

  2. G Jack Donahue says:

    Bill Great job I was there again later after arriving from Miami Beach Last evening The Mayor as I told you about All of us Back Stage in 1972 Boston Garden With Mick Jagger and all the Rolling Stones he was the Peoples Mayor Great job Today thousands went through Parkman House see you @ The Funeral and Respect from the Rolling Stones to the White Family via South Beach Miami G Jack Donahue ps George Regan was such a Gentleman today under such a sad meeting thank you again G Jack

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