BOSTON (CBS) – One year after his death, Mayor Tom Menino’s memory and legacy is living on.
Tom Menino Jr. says he misses the phone calls with his father the most. “I have him on my phone still, the number’s never going away,” he says.
For Tom Menino Jr. the calls from his father are no more, but the legacy endures, in part through the warm memories of others.
“My daughter went and got her license over in Dorchester and the lady who did it, we had a conversation after, she said I met your father twice, he gave me an award, your father was the nicest guy, and he was a great guy.
“You know what? I’ve met presidents, I’ve met the Dalai Lama, I’ve met a lot of people in this world. Coming from them, that’s one thing, but coming from the regular person who works, that he was out there supporting and trying to make Boston better for? That means a lot more to us.”
For Tom junior’s two daughters and son and his sister Susan’s three kids, their poppa’s lessons live on in their commitment to community volunteerism.
“From when they were old enough to get in the car with him and go, they did it. And you know what? They want to do it,” he says. “That’s what he was to us, that’s what we want to do, we want to keep that alive for him.”
Regrets? As the late mayor’s favorite song “My Way” says, there are a few.
“The only thing that we really didn’t get to do is spend a lot of time with him, and that’s the biggest miss,” he says.
“But, you know what? The gift he gave us is our strength, the love for the city, the love for the people. That’s all it is.”