By Beth Germano, WBZ-TVBy Beth Germano

BOSTON (CBS) — Much like Tom Menino himself, it’s all about the details inside Most Precious Blood church in Hyde Park where funeral services will be held on Monday at noon.

The polish and finish from church volunteers, and the ironing of a special altar cloth.

“We, too, are so proud that the mayor is really a part of us,” said Sr. Ann Susan Villa of the Sisters of Charity.

Embroidered names of second graders throughout the years are on the cloth, representing his neighborhood in the church where Tom Menino was baptized.

“It’s an honor to be here give it extra tender loving care, for everyone,” said volunteer Susan Colantuoni.

He was the Hyde Park guy who proved to be everyone’s mayor. Pastor Fr. Ronald Coyne says he’ll feel the spirit of Tom Menino during Monday’s service.

“Like everyone else, when you wanted something done you would go to Tom Menino,” he said.

Faneuil Hall was closed Friday as workers prepared for the mayor’s body to lie in state for public viewing starting at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Thousands are expected to pay their respects, among them Roxbury resident Julia Flowers who says it’s her turn to give something back.

“He was a good mayor, a fair person and an outspoken person who did so much for the neighborhoods.”

The funeral service is private for family and friends. But a procession to the church is expected Monday morning from Faneuil Hall, passing by Boston landmarks.


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