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James E. Milano, 102; served two decades as Melrose mayor

Charles Baker greeted James Milano at a Melrose event last fall. Constituents called him “Mr. Mayor ’’ even after he left office. Charles Baker greeted James Milano at a Melrose event last fall. Constituents called him “Mr. Mayor ’’ even after he left office. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)
By Matt Byrne
Globe Correspondent / November 6, 2011

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James E. Milano was 62 when he took office as mayor of Melrose, and was already an institution in the city, having spent a decade on the Board of Aldermen and most of his life as an organist for Mass at St. Mary Church. Ever-present in a community that became part of his extended family, Mr. Milano “was always there,’’ said Richard Lyons, who succeeded Mr. Milano as mayor in 1992. “I think he went to every football game since 1926.’’ Mr. Milano died Wednesday at 102.

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