The Honorable Kevin Hagan White

September 25, 1929January 27, 2012

WHITE, Kevin Hagan In Boston, January 27, 2012, of Jamaica Plain, peacefully passed in his home after a long illness. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathryn Galvin of 55 years, brother: Terrence, sister: Maureen Mercier two sons: Chris and Mark and his wife Elizabeth, three daughters: Caitlin, Elizabeth "Beth", Patricia and Isaac Fine and 10 grandchildren. As the 51st Mayor of Boston 1968-1984 he became known as "The loner in love with the City." He will be remembered as an inspirational, courageous and dedicated leader, mayor and friend. A celebrated civil rights advocate and visionary leader for the City, it is through his efforts that Boston is the world-class city it truly is today. The family of Mayor Kevin Hagan White invites the public to attend the wake and funeral Mass for the former Mayor of Boston. The arrangements are as follows: The public wake will be held at the city-owned Parkman House at 33 Beacon Street, on Tuesday, January 31, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. A Funeral Mass, which is also open to the public, will be co-celebrated by the Reverend John J. Unni and the Reverend J. Donald Monan, S.J. at Saint Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, 18 Belvidere Street in Back Bay on Wednesday February 1, at 11:00am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mayor Kevin Hagan White Statue Preservation Committee, c/o Suite 718, One Design Center Place, Boston, MA 02210.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Honorable Kevin Hagan White

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Janet Langhart-Cohen

January 3, 2015

I first met Kevin White at Black Expo in my home town of Indianapolis in 1972, ironically, I got a job on a Boston tv station the next year and he was kind enough to do my show, after that he became my friend and mentor. He was very kind with a coolness that matched his piercing blue eyes. I will always be grateful for his friendship. The best to his family,
Janet Langhart Cohen

Gail Campbell

May 19, 2013

I remember well the transformation of the City of Boston that was initiated by Mayor White. I was a child when it was only a vision and a young adult when the city was well on its way to being what it is today. I was hired to work in the first new hotel to open in Boston in a long time. They were exciting and exhilarating times. New construction projects broke ground daily. One day, I was on my way to work in the new hotel when I bumped into Mayor White, who was no longer holding office. He was looking at all of the new construction with a look of wonder and pride. I will always remember that look. He indeed had much to be proud of. Thank you Mayor White. May you rest in peace.

December 8, 2012

I remember him fondly. He spoke at my graduation from High School in 1969.HE WILL BE MISSED.

April 16, 2012

I was only a college roommate of his daughter's, but I remember his commanding presence and his attention to detail.
Jen Thayer, Los Alamos, NM

John Carney

April 10, 2012

A great Mayor, who brought Boston back to the wonderful city it is.

Karen Doros

March 28, 2012

I will always remember him on stage at Boston Garden before the Rolling Stones concert in 1972. The show was two hours behind schedule due to Keith Richards being detained in Rhode Island and the crowd was not happy. He took the microphone, promised that all public transportation,trains etc. would keep running after the show. He told the audience the band was on the way with a police escort which he arranged. When he left the stage he received a standing ovation from everyone in the Garden! I will never forget it..he was a great Mayor!

Charlie Dee

March 23, 2012


March 22, 2012

REST IN PEACE..A FINE MAN....e. ringer

Jeanne McCormick

March 10, 2012

My Sincere Condolences to the White family at this most difficult time. Rest In Peace Mayor White. You were a great Mayor for Boston. Thank You for your loyal service.

Anne Crider

March 7, 2012

I now live in NC, and check the Boston news now and again. I am so saddened to read this news! Mr. White did such great things in Boston and my favorite teenage memory is Summerthing. That was something that was geared for the teens, but was a family friendly function. In Eastie we all looked forward to Summerthing and all the other Parks and Recs things...Thank you Mr. White....and prayers go to your family.