Red Sox mourn the loss of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today joined the entire Boston community mourning the loss of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The club extends its deepest sympathies to his beloved wife Angela, their two children, Tommy Jr. and Susan, their six grandchildren, and the entire Menino family. The club also sends it sympathies to his loyal, devoted staff members.

"The passing of Mayor Menino is a great loss for the City of Boston and for us personally," said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry. "His passion for this city was legendary; his passion for the Red Sox extraordinary. We were fortunate to learn from his wisdom when we arrived in Boston over a decade ago. His support and leadership in the preservation of Fenway Park was critical in saving this ballpark. We will miss his spirit, and we will miss his friendship."

"Mayor Menino taught us that cities are neighborhoods, and nowhere was that felt more strongly over these 13 years than in our own backyard at Fenway Park," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "For all of our desires to preserve and protect this ballpark, I don't know that it could have happened without the impassioned leadership of Mayor Menino. We are grateful that he was with us to celebrate our championships, and to throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch when Fenway celebrated its 100th anniversary. It's hard to imagine a mayor who was more beloved. We are honored to have worked with him."

"Our city has lost a great mayor, the Red Sox have lost a knowledgeable and an extraordinarily passionate fan, and the preservation community has lost a great advocate," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "The preservation of Fenway Park was one of his greatest and proudest achievements. He cared deeply about the growth of this neighborhood and the protection of this ballpark.

"Personally, Mayor Menino was like a big brother to me. When I moved to Boston, he helped to make it my home. We have lost a good man, and I have lost a really good friend."

The American Flag at Fenway Park will be at half-staff until his memorial service.