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Public gets a chance today to pay final respects to Rob Ford

The city says the rare honour has not been granted to a former mayor since 1998


 
Mayor John Tory, left, and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong pay their respects to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford at city hall on Monday, March 28, 2016. Ford died of cancer last week, at the age of 46. His body will remain at city hall Monday and Tuesday, and his funeral will be held on Wednesday at a downtown church. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Mayor John Tory, left, and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong pay their respects to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. (Nathan Denette, CP)

TORONTO — Supporters of Rob Ford will get a chance to pay their final respects as the former Toronto mayor’s body lies in repose for the next two days.

His casket arrived at Toronto city hall Monday morning, accompanied by his brother Doug Ford and other relatives.

Toronto Mayor John Tory has paid his respects. Tory was first to pause briefly at Ford’s casket. The mayor then spoke to the Ford family as they received well-wishers.

Other councillors and dignitaries followed Tory in passing by the casket and greeting family members.

The city says the rare honour has not been granted to a former mayor in decades.

The public will have a chance to pay their respects today and Tuesday.

Funeral services on Wednesday will be proceeded by a public procession that will start at city all and end at the downtown Toronto church where the funeral will be held.

Ford’s family will have a private ceremony afterward.

Ford’s death from cancer last week received widespread media attention — the former mayor became internationally known for his admitted cocaine use, alcohol abuse and verbal gaffes.

A spokeswoman for the city said Ford’s family asked that his body be allowed to lie in repose and current Mayor John Tory gave his blessing.

No other mayor has lain in repose at city hall since 1998 and municipal staff don’t have access to earlier records, but former NDP leader and Toronto city councillor Jack Layton also laid in repose at city hall after his death in 2011.

Ford served as mayor from 2010 to 2014, but his health problems prompted him to drop plans to seek re-election. He ran successfully for his old city council seat instead.

 


 
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