Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has passed away at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. Many sports fans in New England will know Menino from his appearances at championship celebrations with Boston teams.

He retired earlier this year saying he no longer had the stamina to do the job.

Menino was a five term mayor starting back in 1994. He was a five term city councilor before that.

Menino is survived by his wife Angela, two children and six grandchildren.