Ford Nation remembers Rob as ‘nice person’ who cared for his family, his ward, his city

News Mar 22, 2016 by Cynthia Reason Etobicoke Guardian

Perhaps nowhere in the city did news of Rob Ford’s passing hit harder today than in the heart of Ford Nation in Etobicoke’s Ward 2.

Ford faithfully – and sometimes controversially – served the Etobicoke North constituency at city council for a decade from 2000 until his election as mayor in 2010.

He took up the Ward 2 mantle again in 2014 after dropping out of the mayoralty race following his cancer diagnosis, a decision his local supporters stood behind wholeheartedly, re-electing him to his old seat with 58.75 per cent of the vote.

Many of those same constituents remembered Ford fondly for his “personal touch” to local politics on Tuesday, just hours after news broke that he’d lost his long battle with a rare form of cancer.

“I am saddened by his passing, because back in the years he was our councillor, before becoming mayor, I needed some assistance and I went to his office and he was there to help me,” Ward 2 constituent Lorraine Taylor said Tuesday at the Rexdale Shopping Plaza.

“Since then, I’ve always looked up to him, because he was a very caring man. I am really very sad, because he’s like a family member. That’s how hard it was when I heard.”

Fellow Ward 2 constituent Bill White called Ford “the best mayor we ever had”.

“To me, he was a great man. It’s too bad his lifestyle was the way it was, otherwise he could have been great for the city moving forward,” White said of Ford’s scandal-plagued mayoralty, during which he notoriously admitted to using crack cocaine. “Forty-six years old, it’s a shame. Yes, he had personal problems, but I never put a person down for that...I feel sorry for his wife and kids, but they’ll get a lot of support. They have a great family, the Fords.”

Ford leaves behind his mother, Diane, wife, Renata, daughter, Stephanie, and son, Doug, as well as sister, Kathy, and brothers, Randy and Doug, who himself served as Ward 2’s councillor during Ford’s tenure as mayor.

Ford is predeceased by his father, Douglas Ford Sr., a former Progressive Conservative MPP and Etobicoke businessman who founded the family’s label-making business, Deco Labels and Tags.

“It was a shock, he’s only 46 and he’s got small kids. Very sad,” said Dorothy Chase, who, like many residents The Guardian spoke with Tuesday, wished to extend her sympathies to the Ford family.

“He always helped anybody that he could, and I think he really had a good heart. Sure, he made some mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes. God rest his soul. I hope he’s in a peaceful place up in heaven now with his father.”

Ford Nation remembers Rob as ‘nice person’ who cared for his family, his ward, his city

Personal touch to local politics remembered by residents in Etobicoke North

News Mar 22, 2016 by Cynthia Reason Etobicoke Guardian

Perhaps nowhere in the city did news of Rob Ford’s passing hit harder today than in the heart of Ford Nation in Etobicoke’s Ward 2.

Ford faithfully – and sometimes controversially – served the Etobicoke North constituency at city council for a decade from 2000 until his election as mayor in 2010.

He took up the Ward 2 mantle again in 2014 after dropping out of the mayoralty race following his cancer diagnosis, a decision his local supporters stood behind wholeheartedly, re-electing him to his old seat with 58.75 per cent of the vote.

Many of those same constituents remembered Ford fondly for his “personal touch” to local politics on Tuesday, just hours after news broke that he’d lost his long battle with a rare form of cancer.

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“I am saddened by his passing, because back in the years he was our councillor, before becoming mayor, I needed some assistance and I went to his office and he was there to help me,” Ward 2 constituent Lorraine Taylor said Tuesday at the Rexdale Shopping Plaza.

“Since then, I’ve always looked up to him, because he was a very caring man. I am really very sad, because he’s like a family member. That’s how hard it was when I heard.”

Fellow Ward 2 constituent Bill White called Ford “the best mayor we ever had”.

“To me, he was a great man. It’s too bad his lifestyle was the way it was, otherwise he could have been great for the city moving forward,” White said of Ford’s scandal-plagued mayoralty, during which he notoriously admitted to using crack cocaine. “Forty-six years old, it’s a shame. Yes, he had personal problems, but I never put a person down for that...I feel sorry for his wife and kids, but they’ll get a lot of support. They have a great family, the Fords.”

Ford leaves behind his mother, Diane, wife, Renata, daughter, Stephanie, and son, Doug, as well as sister, Kathy, and brothers, Randy and Doug, who himself served as Ward 2’s councillor during Ford’s tenure as mayor.

Ford is predeceased by his father, Douglas Ford Sr., a former Progressive Conservative MPP and Etobicoke businessman who founded the family’s label-making business, Deco Labels and Tags.

“It was a shock, he’s only 46 and he’s got small kids. Very sad,” said Dorothy Chase, who, like many residents The Guardian spoke with Tuesday, wished to extend her sympathies to the Ford family.

“He always helped anybody that he could, and I think he really had a good heart. Sure, he made some mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes. God rest his soul. I hope he’s in a peaceful place up in heaven now with his father.”

Ford Nation remembers Rob as ‘nice person’ who cared for his family, his ward, his city

Personal touch to local politics remembered by residents in Etobicoke North

News Mar 22, 2016 by Cynthia Reason Etobicoke Guardian

Perhaps nowhere in the city did news of Rob Ford’s passing hit harder today than in the heart of Ford Nation in Etobicoke’s Ward 2.

Ford faithfully – and sometimes controversially – served the Etobicoke North constituency at city council for a decade from 2000 until his election as mayor in 2010.

He took up the Ward 2 mantle again in 2014 after dropping out of the mayoralty race following his cancer diagnosis, a decision his local supporters stood behind wholeheartedly, re-electing him to his old seat with 58.75 per cent of the vote.

Many of those same constituents remembered Ford fondly for his “personal touch” to local politics on Tuesday, just hours after news broke that he’d lost his long battle with a rare form of cancer.

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“I am saddened by his passing, because back in the years he was our councillor, before becoming mayor, I needed some assistance and I went to his office and he was there to help me,” Ward 2 constituent Lorraine Taylor said Tuesday at the Rexdale Shopping Plaza.

“Since then, I’ve always looked up to him, because he was a very caring man. I am really very sad, because he’s like a family member. That’s how hard it was when I heard.”

Fellow Ward 2 constituent Bill White called Ford “the best mayor we ever had”.

“To me, he was a great man. It’s too bad his lifestyle was the way it was, otherwise he could have been great for the city moving forward,” White said of Ford’s scandal-plagued mayoralty, during which he notoriously admitted to using crack cocaine. “Forty-six years old, it’s a shame. Yes, he had personal problems, but I never put a person down for that...I feel sorry for his wife and kids, but they’ll get a lot of support. They have a great family, the Fords.”

Ford leaves behind his mother, Diane, wife, Renata, daughter, Stephanie, and son, Doug, as well as sister, Kathy, and brothers, Randy and Doug, who himself served as Ward 2’s councillor during Ford’s tenure as mayor.

Ford is predeceased by his father, Douglas Ford Sr., a former Progressive Conservative MPP and Etobicoke businessman who founded the family’s label-making business, Deco Labels and Tags.

“It was a shock, he’s only 46 and he’s got small kids. Very sad,” said Dorothy Chase, who, like many residents The Guardian spoke with Tuesday, wished to extend her sympathies to the Ford family.

“He always helped anybody that he could, and I think he really had a good heart. Sure, he made some mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes. God rest his soul. I hope he’s in a peaceful place up in heaven now with his father.”