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Antonio J. Marino, 92; Lynn’s longest-serving mayor

ANTONIO J. MARINO
ANTONIO J. MARINO

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Antonio J. Marino was mayor of Lynn longer than anyone in the city’s history. A son of Italian immigrants who was 6 when his family came to work in Lynn’s shoe factories in the 1920s, he led the city through the Blizzard of 1978 and a 1981 fire that spread across downtown, gutting numerous buildings.

Mr. Marino lost his office after being defeated in the 1985 preliminary election, but the office never left him, friends said.

“It was difficult for him. It hurt him but he always loved the city,” said Albert DiVirgilio, who succeeded him as mayor. “Even to this day he’d say to me, ‘I would have won if you hadn’t run against me.’ ”

Mr. Marino died Nov. 17. He was 92.

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