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Toronto mayor John Tory and city councillors respond to the passing of Rob Ford

| posted Wednesday, Mar 23rd, 2016


The death of Toronto’s former mayor and city councillor Rob Ford shocked the city and the world when he passed away yesterday at 46 after battling pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, since 2014.

“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today at the age of 46,” his family said in a statement released yesterday. Supporters and detractors alike have been responding to his death and legacy as a passionate and determined politician. Ford’s successor, Mayor John Tory released a statement yesterday describing Ford as “a profoundly human guy”.

“The city is willing to do whatever the family wishes with respect to making sure that this man’s public contribution is recognized.” Tory said.


Ford served for a decade as a councillor before becoming the city’s 64th mayor in October 2010 and represented Toronto for four years on an international scale.


Coun. Norm Kelly remembers Rob Ford as a man who “summed up the feelings and the sentiments and the emotions of a considerable amount of Torontonians,” and acted on them in his own way.

Ford’s ally and colleague coun. Giorgio Mammoliti, remembers his friend for his style of “grass-roots politics” and his close relationship with his supporters and says he would want to be remembered with the same type of gathering he was known for, something involving hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and soft drinks in a city park.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for Rob Ford with supporters sharing their memories for the man who was often called ‘the people’s mayor’. See the highlights from social media.


Share your memories with us in the comments below.


  • Tammy Jeffery says:

    Tammy Jeffery He was a son, husband, father and too young to die. Made a great sacrifice in his short life to the City of Toronto. Not aware that his life would be taken so early, he gave most of his time to the people. Made many wonderful and needed changes for us but also made mistakes because he was human. Thank you to a dedicated Mayor. R.I.P. Mr. Ford.

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