City Council President Bill Linehan convened a commission to discuss honoring former Mayor Ray Flynn on Wednesday. Mayor Flynn is a native of South Boston, and represented South Boston in the state legislature before being elected to the Boston City Council. In 1983 he was elected mayor, and served for ten years before he became Ambassador to the Vatican.
Known as the “Neighborhood Mayor,” Ray Flynn had a reputation of fighting for the under dog and is still actively involved in the community of South Boston. Flynn was also a great athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football at South Boston High School and later gaining national recognition as a basketball player at Providence College. During his lifetime he has helped set up many youth leagues in South Boston.
The Ray Flynn Commission met for the first time this week to discuss how to honor Flynn. The commission is made up of a diverse group personally impacted by Flynn’s long career in public service.
“Ray Flynn is many things to many people, and I look forward to commemorating his many contributions to the city he loves,” said Linehan.