Lawrence D. "Larry"  "Mr. Boston" Meehan
Lawrence D. "Larry" "Mr. Boston" Meehan
  • February 21, 1952 - December 15, 2012
  • Needham, Massachusetts

Share This Obituary

Memories & Candles

“Larry was always so upbeat, his energy unfaltering and he had such an infectious (and cheeky!) smile. I feel lucky to have known such a wonderful man...Read More »
1 of 94 | Posted by: Alex Law - London, UK

“The global tourism world is left a much different place because Larry was part of our world. He was always willing to lend a hand, offer ideas, or...Read More »
2 of 94 | Posted by: Don Knuuttila - New York City, NY

“Larry was simply a joy to be around. He was always upbeat, full of energy and dedicated to his beloved Industry. He will always be in our hearts and...Read More »
3 of 94 | Posted by: Bert James - Lynnfield, MA

“I was lucky enough to be Larry's Best Man. I remember when Melissa brought him home for Christmas in Minnesota before they were married. My mother,...Read More »
4 of 94 | Posted by: Jay Michels - Stillwater, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meehan family and friends as well as the Greater Boston CVB with the passing of Larry "Mr. Boston" Meehan....Read More »
5 of 94 | Posted by: Rick Martinez - Jenison, MI

“Larry was one of the most respected and personable individuals in the Tourism Industry in Massachusetts. It was an honor and privilege to know him...Read More »
6 of 94 | Posted by: Michelle Fabiano - Los Gatos, CA

“Our neighborhood will truly miss the always cheerful and chatty Larry Meehan. Throughout his illness, we never stopped marveling at his and Melissa...Read More »
7 of 94 | Posted by: Gina Bliss - Needham, MA

“Larry you will be sadly missed. ”
8 of 94 | Posted by: Cherie Allen - MA

“I am saddened to hear of Larry's passing. I met him on a regular annual basis at the Discover New England tourism summits or at the World Travel...Read More »
9 of 94 | Posted by: Charles Chalcraft - Exeter. UK

“Larry and I talked at length during Pow Wow of 2011 when he was in remission. He was still the upbeat, knowledgeable, friendly man that he always...Read More »
10 of 94 | Posted by: Peter Martino - Hyannis, MA

“Your kind smile, warm heart and endless enthusiasm will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace Larry. My deepest sympathy to Melissa, David, Will...Read More »
11 of 94 | Posted by: Jeanne Steward - Marshfield, MA

“A generous man with no agenda except bringing folks to Boston and spreading the word. Larry's enthusiasm was infectious. One would go in for a...Read More »
12 of 94 | Posted by: Mary Kelley - Boston, MA

“Larry - Mr. Boston A true friend, I have laren much from him over the year Always willing to help and mentor his fellow tourism professionals You...Read More »
13 of 94 | Posted by: Peter Tomyl - Mohawk Trail Association - MA

“I had the good fortune to meet Larry about two years ago, shortly after moving to Massachusetts. Instantly, I recognized that this man had a zeal...Read More »
14 of 94 | Posted by: Vicki Saltzman - WILLIAMSTOWN, MA

“In memory of a wonderful, vibrant man whose passing will be mourned deeply by his many friends and colleagues in Ireland. With deepest sympathy,...Read More »
15 of 94 | Posted by: Patricia Purdue - Dublin, Ireland

“I was fortunate to meet Larry on several occasions on both sides of the Atlantic. His enthusiasm for his home city and life in general was infectious...Read More »
16 of 94 | Posted by: Gary Noakes - London

“May Larry's memory always be for a blessing! I have known Larry for nearly 20 years through business...he was the most down to earth individual one...Read More »
17 of 94 | Posted by: Sharon Pomerantz Strelzer - CT

“I cannot imagine Boston without Larry. Mr. Boston himself - the truest ambassador of this great city. I fondly remember Larry for his energy ,...Read More »
18 of 94 | Posted by: Leora Halpern Lanz - Long Island, NY

“Larry, was a great friend and amazing source of information on Boston. As travel editor of the Boston Globe I knew I could count on Larry for...Read More »
19 of 94 | Posted by: Jerry Morris - Scarborough, ME

“A truly extraordinary person, creative genius and gentle spirit. Our lives are so much richer for having known him. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
20 of 94 | Posted by: Anita & Jimmy Alden - Wellesley, MA

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful friend and business partner. Larry's enthusiasm and passion were truly infectious. We are...Read More »
21 of 94 | Posted by: Friends at Cruiseport Boston - MA

“In my pre-retirement years as CEO of White Mt Attractions Assoc here in NH I enjoyed doing a number of shows and meetings with Larry as a member of...Read More »
22 of 94 | Posted by: Dick Hamilton - Littleton, NH

“A very fine person. I had the opportunity to travel with Larry, and learned much from him. Condolences from his friends at the White Mountains. ”
23 of 94 | Posted by: Jayne O'Connor - North Woodstock, NH

“I was so sad to hear this news. Larry was a such kind and giving and unique man. A great mentor to so many. I was blessed to be able to learn great...Read More »
24 of 94 | Posted by: Mark Carey - Quincy, MA

“Larry was a kind, generous person; always willing to help his fellow tourism professionals. He was a wonderful mentor for anyone who wanted to learn...Read More »
25 of 94 | Posted by: Diane Dickerman - Rutland, VT

“We are deeply sadden by the loss of Larry. He was a wonderful husband and terrific father. Our sympathies to Melissa, David and Will. We are...Read More »
26 of 94 | Posted by: Wendy van Gemeren - Winchester, MA

“Sorry for my english.I met Larry during my trip in Boston on last April. A fast breakfast with other colleagues was enough to understand that he was...Read More »
27 of 94 | Posted by: Marco Berchi - Milan, Italy

“Larry was an essential part of the fabric of our city and region, you would always see Larry and be grateful for the encounter. It felt like he was...Read More »
28 of 94 | Posted by: Dan Scully - Chestnut Hill, MA

“Larry was a true tourism legend and I was proud to have worked with him over the years. ”
29 of 94 | Posted by: Tom Meyers - Princeton, MA

“In 1993, Larry gave me my first "shot," fresh out of college, in a public relations coordinator role at the GBCVB. I was and remain forever grateful...Read More »
30 of 94 | Posted by: Todd Ryan - Reading, MA

“A great Anglophile, Larry extended welcoming hands across the sea to British travel journalists like myself.Kind, helpful, ever friendly, he made...Read More »
31 of 94 | Posted by: Roger St. Pierre - MA - Colleague

“Dear Larry, a real mister Boston for me and my team. Thank you for your everlasting enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to work with you. Rest in peace. ”
32 of 94 | Posted by: Susan van Egmond - Amsterdam

“Larry was one of the "good guys" in a world of PR where so much is said but so little is really meant. His enthusiasm for all things Boston was...Read More »
33 of 94 | Posted by: Neil Murray - London

“It was a real pleasure and honour to have known and worked with you Larry. We met regularly at major travel events in the USA and Europe where we...Read More »
34 of 94 | Posted by: Jim Saunderson

“Larry rest in peace. Thank you for having shared your knowledge, enthusiasm and friendship with me. Thank you for mentoring all of us. We will miss...Read More »
35 of 94 | Posted by: Olga Mazzoni - Mila, Italy

“Larry was always so full of life, stories and ambition. So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed... ”
36 of 94 | Posted by: Sue Merlino, Concord Bike Tours - MA

“It is not often that words fail me. God knows, I've used enough of them in my life. After a weekend of tears for the children of Newtown, I thought...Read More »
37 of 94 | Posted by: Ed Camara - New Bedford, MA

“Larry Meehan left us way too early at age 60. Even in the last two years, when I knew he was ailing, his vitality and energy were an inspiration to...Read More »
38 of 94 | Posted by: Dan Schlossberg - Fair Lawn, NJ

“Larry was truly one of a kind....his exuberance and excitement about our community will be impossible to replace. The Cambridge Tourism Board lost an...Read More »
39 of 94 | Posted by: Robyn Culbertson - Cambridge, MA

“Noone knew or loved Boston more than Larry. I was always amazed at his ability to maintain such enthusiasm after so many years on the job. Of...Read More »
40 of 94 | Posted by: Tara Rendon - Boston, MA

“It is a great shock to get this message. - We knew each other for several years, working together. Larry providing me all his professionel help and...Read More »
41 of 94 | Posted by: Ruediger Edelmann Kassel, Germany

“I will always remember Larry's smile and energy and professionalism. He brought a great passion and enthusiasm to his job and I can't imagine the...Read More »
42 of 94 | Posted by: Gary Leopold - Boston, MA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Meehan family. Larry - I am so honored to have gotten the chance to know and work with such a knowledgeable,...Read More »
43 of 94 | Posted by: Michelle Hulbert - Quincy, MA

“So sorry to hear the news about Larry today, what a wonderful man and ambassdor for Boston, Massachusetts and all of New England. Larry set the bar...Read More »
44 of 94 | Posted by: Sheila Martines Pina - MA

“My deepest condolences to Larry's family at this time of great loss and sadness, I met Larry in 1983 at one of the Boston Convention Office Open...Read More »
45 of 94 | Posted by: Mario Hache - Burlington, MA

“What an amazing man!! I don't know if I've ever met anyone else who lived life so fully. He will truly be missed. ”
46 of 94 | Posted by: Lynn Tillotson - Portland, ME

“While I wsn't able to work with Larry as much as I would have liked in my career, it truly was my pleasure to have known him. He was a great Boston...Read More »
47 of 94 | Posted by: Joanne Rossley - MA

“It was an honor to know and work with Larry Meehan. Like a typical Massachusetts kid, he made and kept and remembered connections everywhere he went...Read More »
48 of 94 | Posted by: Nancy Gardella - MA

“Discover New England is proud to have worked closely with Larry on international programs for many years. His enthusiam and knowledge for Boston and...Read More »
49 of 94 | Posted by: Sue Norrington-Davies - NH

“A friend, mentor, and colleague. He will forever be remembered. ”
50 of 94 | Posted by: Vicki Cimino - Boston, MA

“My heart breaks learning of this news. I am lucky enough to be able to say I was in Larry and Melissa's wedding. His love for her was so genuine and...Read More »
51 of 94 | Posted by: Nancy Woods - Duxbury, MA

“Boston just won't seem the same without the smiling and chatty character of "Mr.Boston" - Larry Meehan. Larry was a legend within the travel industry...Read More »
52 of 94 | Posted by: Gary Orr - Business Associate

“Larry inspired us with his love for and knowledge of Boston. As a member of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's Multicultural...Read More »
53 of 94 | Posted by: Kelley Chunn - Boston, MA

“The "world" has lost a true champion. Thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family.........he will be greatly missed by all that he touched. Our...Read More »
54 of 94 | Posted by: Jayne Panarello, Rhode Island Tourism - RI

“From the first day that we met Larry, we were struck by his warmth and his passion for Boston, for Massachusetts and for travel. His wealth of...Read More »
55 of 94 | Posted by: Kirsty, Jody, Julie & T&TM London

“It must have been some 15-years ago when I first met Larry on my first FAM trip to Boston from the UK. I was bowled over with his enthusiasm and...Read More »
56 of 94 | Posted by: Ian Murray Southampton. England.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Larry on a sales trip to NYC, back in the spring, to promote Boston & The Berkshires. He was so knowledgeable, full of...Read More »
57 of 94 | Posted by: Ellen Swan Mazzer - Stockbridge, MA

“Fond memories of meeting Larry when I lived on Beacon Hill in mid 80's. It was during this time that he met and fell in love with his beautiful wife...Read More »
58 of 94 | Posted by: ann murphy - waltham, MA - friend

“Larry was a giant in the industry. He was an icon when you thought of the GBCVB. He was a go to guy he had an idea a minute. He was always many jumps...Read More »
59 of 94 | Posted by: Judith I Selleck - East Falmouth, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with Larry's wife and sons during this difficult time. Our industry has lost a legend. Larry will be greatly missed. ”
60 of 94 | Posted by: Katrina White - Providence, RI

“My prayers and thoughts go out to Larry's family. He was a wonderful person with a great personality. He will be truly missed by all that knew him. ”
61 of 94 | Posted by: Lisa Tiernan - Boston - Colleague

“On behalf of everyone at Entertainment Cruises Boston we would like to express our deepest condolences to the Meehan family and our heartfelt...Read More »
62 of 94 | Posted by: Bob Lawler - Boston, MA

“I have known Larry for 20 years, since we started representing Massachusetts in France. He was always happy to assist and knew Boston and Ma. so well...Read More »
63 of 94 | Posted by: Marina Dupuy-Wedd - Paris, France

“I will forever miss Larry's infectious smile and his overabundance of zeal & energy! Thank you, Larry, for your personal instruction at my first...Read More »
64 of 94 | Posted by: Helene Loiselle - Marlborough,, MA

“Larry - I will miss our many "fun" discussions about politics (I think you may have converted me, lol!) It must have been your lucky green tie that I...Read More »
65 of 94 | Posted by: Kamilla D. Carmignani - Medway, MA

“I haven't seen or heard from Larry in nearly 3-4 years, but I have very fond memories of working with him in promoting New England to international...Read More »
66 of 94 | Posted by: Richard Woller - Lenox, MA

“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Larry's family during this difficult time of loss. Please take comfort in the fact that your husband/father was...Read More »
67 of 94 | Posted by: Sean Reardon - Boston, MA

“Larry to me was not only a colleague but also a friend. When I'd go to a meeting at his office (luckily next door) I'd say "I'm going to meet with...Read More »
68 of 94 | Posted by: Cindy Brown - Boston, MA

“Rest in peace, friend. Gwen Gage ”
69 of 94 | Posted by: Gwen Gage

“The last time I saw Larry, he came to an event at the hotel where I was working and supported my efforts to promote it, he truly never met a stranger...Read More »
70 of 94 | Posted by: Luisa Lawrence-Riseman - MA

“Boston has lost a great ambassador. Larry was one of the most charming people I've had the pleasure of knowing during my 30 years writing about...Read More »
71 of 94 | Posted by: Howard Carr - London

“There are some people you meet in life whose passion, enthusiasm and knowledge make it a privilege to be in their company. Larry was one of those...Read More »
72 of 94 | Posted by: Kate Wills - London

“Larry, Words cannot express how much you will be missed. It is absolutely unfathomable to think of New England without you. You worked so hard for...Read More »
73 of 94 | Posted by: Susan Middleton Campbell - MA

“Enthusiastic, passionate, outgoing, smart ... It's hard to sum Larry up in a few words. He was a tireless advocate for Boston and a friend to many...Read More »
74 of 94 | Posted by: Julie Cook - West Newbury, MA

“Larry You was one of the greats in our industry, a fine kind gentleman - you will be sadly missed and forever in our thoughts. I pray you are in...Read More »
75 of 94 | Posted by: Andrew Bird - London, England

“Larry was a true gentleman, and a brilliant guy. All of us at the Bostonian Society, and in the entire history community, will miss him terribly. ”
76 of 94 | Posted by: Brian LeMay - Boston, MA

“I knew Larry through my work as a British travel editor. He was a tireless champion of Boston and due to his infectious enthusiasm for the city, it...Read More »
77 of 94 | Posted by: Kate Simon - London, UK

“I have known Larry for over 15 years and I will miss him Last timeI saw him a\was in Toronto in 2011. Your were a true inspiration to us all Your...Read More »
78 of 94 | Posted by: Manuel Witt - Montreal Quebec CA

“Larry, Your accomplishments, dedication and love for our city will live on forever. Larry, you've touched so many hearts and know you will shine...Read More »
79 of 94 | Posted by: Rachelle Boudreau - Boston, MA

“It is very sad to have lost one the biggest and loudest voices of the Massachusetts Travel & Tourism Industry. We are sad we won't hear directly...Read More »
80 of 94 | Posted by: David Ritchie - Boston, MA

“What wonderful guy Larry was! His enthusiasm for his job and our city cannot be replaced. My condolences to his family. ”
81 of 94 | Posted by: John Murtha - Boston, MA

“The world has lost a true leader and creative genius who did so much for so many. This is so sad. Rest in peace Larry Meehan, you are and will...Read More »
82 of 94 | Posted by: Carolyn Feimster - NJ

“I forgot to mention.....I loved one of Larry's favorite thoughts and statements.....he claimed that whenever you want a January thaw in Boston, be...Read More »
83 of 94 | Posted by: Janis James - Friend

“The world has lost a very special, wonderful, thoughtful person - Larry! We're so grateful for the joy he has brought to so many lives. Rest in...Read More »
84 of 94 | Posted by: Janis James and Gary Hetzler

“Larry, you were a great mentor, teacher, colleague and friend. I attribute much of my tourism public relations, sales and marketing knowledge to you....Read More »
85 of 94 | Posted by: Ann Marie Gourley Maher - VA

“Larry's wit must already be spreading smiles through heaven: Once met, Larry was unforgettable, always!! ”
86 of 94 | Posted by: Peggy Bendel - Tucson, AZ

“We are saddened to learn of your loss. Our thoughts are with you. ”
87 of 94 | Posted by: Matt and Ruby Talcoff - Needham, MA

“I was so saddened to learn of Larry's passing. He was a consummate professional who loved his city, and was respected by travel journalists around...Read More »
88 of 94 | Posted by: Larry Bleiberg - Birmingham, AL

“I am saddened to hear of Larry's passing. He was one-of-a-kind and Boston and the local tourism industry has lost one of its greatest champions and...Read More »
89 of 94 | Posted by: Lauri Howe - Boston, MA

“Larry Meehan will be greatly missed by Boston's tourism industry. His passion and energy for all things Boston is unmatched. With a quick wit and...Read More »
90 of 94 | Posted by: Christopher Lynn - Boston, MA

“I am deeply saddened to learn of Larry's passing. Boston has truly lost its mainstay of tourism and one of the most likable persons anyone could know. ”
91 of 94 | Posted by: Julie Katz - Boston, MA

“Larry, With heartfelt gratitude for your passion, dedication and friendship that inspired so many of us at the GBCVB every single day. I miss you...Read More »
92 of 94 | Posted by: Maureen Buckley - Boston, MA

“Fair Winds and Following Seas Larry; Rest Peacefully. ”
93 of 94 | Posted by: Julie Doherty Pagano - Boston, MA

“Larry was the most creative soul I know. Full of life, ideas and optimism. He left his mark on the City forever. ”
94 of 94 | Posted by: Toni Pollak - Boston, MA - friend


Needham, MA. – Larry Meehan of Needham passed away peacefully at home after a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Meehan, Vice President of Media and Tourism Sales for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, earned his title during a 30-year career promoting Boston and its attractions to film crews, travel writers and tour companies from London to Tokyo and around the globe.
One of the founding directors of Harborfest, he was an early advocate for the reconnection of downtown Boston with its waterfront, and found his vision realized with the development of the Greenway, Harborwalk and the Seaport district. Over the years his contributions were recognized with the Governor's Award for building national and international tourism partnerships and the Discover New England Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2012, the Larry D. Meehan Award was created in his name to honor individuals who have made unique contributions to the growth and vitality of the Massachusetts tourism industry.
Born and raised in Newton, Mr. Meehan attended Boston University and the Boston Architectural School. He first worked for the Harvard Office of Long-Range Planning on the extension of the Red Line to the Harvard medical community, and with Harvard's encouragement, he formed a small map and graphics company. When he proposed several map and festival ideas to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, he was offered a full-time job. It was a perfect match.
No one knew the back roads and byways of the area better than he. An avid cyclist, he had covered them all. He was a talented writer and artist, and his whimsical drawings graced everything from travel brochures to birth announcements to wine labels. He was known for his enthusiasm and was an inspiration to his co-workers and family.
He leaves his wife Melissa; sons David and Will; sisters Patricia Parnell (John), Sheila Lane (John), and Moira Cranshaw (Russell); and brother Michael Meehan (Diane) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 3:30 pm at the Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Congregational Church of Needham in gratitude for their support during his illness.