Thomas McGee, former Massachusetts speaker of the house, dead at 88

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.

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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.