Thomas W. McGee, a former speaker of the Massachusetts House and longtime legislator from Lynn, died Friday morning, a funeral director said. He was 88.
McGee served as speaker from 1975 until 1984, when he was ousted in a historically bitter rift by George Keverian, who had served as majority leader under McGee.
His son, Thomas M. McGee, has been a state senator from Lynn since 2002. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Brian Field, the funeral director from Solimine, Landergan, and Richardson, said the family has requested a private service. They will announce a public memorial in early January, Field said.
The funeral director said he could not comment on the cause of McGee’s death.Globe correspondent Melanie Dostis contributed to this report. Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at email@example.com.