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Toronto says goodbye to former mayor Rob Ford

The Canadian Press and News staff | posted Wednesday, Mar 30th, 2016

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Mourners and the city will have one last chance to say goodbye to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford before he is laid to rest on Wednesday.

Ford’s casket will be taken in a procession from city hall to St. James Cathedral at King and Church streets downtown for a funeral service. Ford’s brother Doug has invited members of the public to walk along.

The procession begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall and the funeral is expected to start at noon. Both will be streamed live on CityNews.ca and 680NEWS.com. View a detailed timeline below.

The larger-than-life politician died from cancer last week at age 46, and has been lying in repose at City Hall – an honour only granted a few times in the past.


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Among those scheduled to attend Ford’s funeral are Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and current Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Rob Ford’s children, Doug Ford, and former Ontario premier Mike Harris are expected to speak at the funeral. The pallbearers are Doug, Randy Ford, Michael Ford, Dom Sgambelluri, Amin Massoudi and Dan Jacobs.

The family is planning a celebration in the evening at a west-end hall that has been the site of huge Ford rallies in the past.

On Tuesday, around 3,000 people lined up around City Hall for Ford’s visitation at City Hall, some waiting as long as two hours. Around 5,000 people are believed to have passed through the rotunda to pay their respects to the former mayor and his family at the two-day visitation.

Timeline and route details

  • Around 10 a.m. – Ford family will be received at City Hall
  • 11 a.m. – Ford’s casket will be taken from City Hall, accompanied by Honour Guard and ceremonial bagpipes
  • Around 11:15 a.m. – Procession from City Hall will begin on Queen Street and proceed east on Queen to Yonge Street, south on Yonge to King Street, and east on King to Church Street, stopping in front of the cathedral on King, east of Church
  • 11:30 a.m. – Final call for invited guests to enter the church, and members of the public will then be admitted based on availability
  • Around 11:35 a.m. – Procession to arrive at the cathedral, and honour guard to escort the casket into the cathedral
  • Noon – Funeral service to start and expected to last 90 minutes

Road closures

The following roads will be closed starting at 9 a.m. and are expected to last until around 3 p.m.

  • King Street East, from Jarvis to Church streets
  • Adelaide Street East, from Church to Jarvis streets
  • Church Street, from Wellington Street East to Adelaide Street east

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