Rob Ford Will Lie in Repose at City Hall
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Rob Ford Will Lie in Repose at City Hall

There will be a celebration of his life in Etobicoke on Wednesday.

Former mayor Rob Ford will lie in repose in City Hall’s rotunda on Monday and Tuesday, providing well wishers the opportunity to pay their last respects.

A funeral procession on Wednesday morning will go from City Hall to a service at St. James Cathedral at noon. Council’s scheduled meeting for Wednesday has been pushed back to Thursday, which will allow Ford’s colleagues the chance to attend the memorial.

Following the service on Wednesday, there will be a celebration of Ford’s life at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, the site where Ford launched his mayoral campaign launches in 2010 and 2014. Visitors are welcome at 6:30 p.m., and video clips submitted by the public will play at the event.

Ford passed away on Tuesday after undergoing cancer treatments for the past 18 months. He was 46. He dropped out of the mayoral race in September 2014 due to health concerns, and chose to run for the Ward 2, Etobicoke North council seat instead. He won handily, reclaiming the seat he held from 2000 to 2010, and that his brother Doug held while Rob was mayor from 2010 to 2014.

Ford is the first sitting councillor to pass away in office since former Scarborough mayor Frank Faubert (Ward 16, Scarborough–Highland Creek) died in 1999. He is also the first former mayor of Toronto to die since Phil Givens, who was mayor from 1963 to 1966, passed away in 1995.

Well wishers can visit Ford’s casket at City Hall on Easter Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, the body will be available for visitation from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At Nathan Phillips Square, people are already paying tribute to the late mayor by sharing their thoughts and memories in chalk. The TORONTO sign was also de-lit to memorialize Ford. Other supporters have dropped off flowers and other mementos at Douglas B. Ford park in Etobicoke, the site named for Rob’s father, whom he idolized.