March 23, 2016 4:53 pm
Updated: March 23, 2016 6:52 pm

Rob Ford funeral next Wednesday after 2 days’ visitation at city hall


The funeral for Rob Ford is to be held next Wednesday, with the public given two days to pay their final respects to the former mayor as his body lies in repose at city hall.

“As difficult as it is to say goodbye, they would like to do so in the same manner in which he lived his life, by sharing it with the people,” Ford’s former chief of staff Dan Jacobs said of Ford’s family in a release announcing the plans.

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Ford’s body will arrive at the city hall rotunda Monday morning and remain there until Tuesday night so the public can say goodbye.

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On Wednesday morning he will be carried in a procession to St. James Cathedral, not far from city hall. The route has not yet been announced. A funeral at the same church was held for former Tory politician and Ford family friend Jim Flaherty.

Ford’s funeral service is to be held at noon that day, and Ford will then be laid to rest in a private ceremony.

The public is invited to join a celebration of Ford’s life held that night at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Ford died Tuesday at Mount Sinai Hospital after an 18-month battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The family says that donations can be made to the Ford-Panov research panel at the hospital in lieu of flowers.

A book of condolences has been set up at city hall and several civic centres, as well as online.

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