Thousands pay their respects during first day of visitation for Rob Ford

News Mar 28, 2016 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Mourners numbering in the thousands filed past former Mayor Rob Ford’s casket at Toronto City Hall on Easter Monday.

“It’s easily in the thousands,” said Dan Jacobs, formerly executive assistant to Ford, who was serving as councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North when he died March 22, after a long battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Ford was lying in repose in the rotunda at Toronto City Hall, while his family received well-wishers who lined up through the building and outside in Nathan Phillips Square, waiting for a chance to say goodbye.

Ford’s casket was draped in a City of Toronto flag and surrounded by an honour guard from Toronto police.

A second day of public viewing is slated for Tuesday, March 29, at City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On March 30, he and the family will proceed from City Hall in a procession along Queen Street, east to Yonge Street, south to King and along King to Church Street, where a funeral service at St. James Cathedral will be conducted.

Jacobs said the loss of Ford has weighed heavily on both the family and him.

“It’s really hard for them, saying goodbye to their brother, their son, their husband, their dad,” said Jacobs. “The show of support they’ve had has been really buoyant for them, to see the hundreds, the thousands of people that they have touched.”

Jacobs added that it has been difficult for him.

“There’s so much in front of me right now, I just don’t have the time to sit and process what’s happened,” he said. “It’s going to get harder and harder as we get closer to the funeral. You work with someone for a couple of years… the number of times that I spoke to him, sitting there next to him. It’s someone I grew really close to.”

Ford’s office will remain vacant until Toronto Council sets a byelection. In the meantime, Jacobs said that they will continue to work on local issues with the support of other councillors.

Thousands pay their respects during first day of visitation for Rob Ford

News Mar 28, 2016 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Mourners numbering in the thousands filed past former Mayor Rob Ford’s casket at Toronto City Hall on Easter Monday.

“It’s easily in the thousands,” said Dan Jacobs, formerly executive assistant to Ford, who was serving as councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North when he died March 22, after a long battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Ford was lying in repose in the rotunda at Toronto City Hall, while his family received well-wishers who lined up through the building and outside in Nathan Phillips Square, waiting for a chance to say goodbye.

Ford’s casket was draped in a City of Toronto flag and surrounded by an honour guard from Toronto police.

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A second day of public viewing is slated for Tuesday, March 29, at City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On March 30, he and the family will proceed from City Hall in a procession along Queen Street, east to Yonge Street, south to King and along King to Church Street, where a funeral service at St. James Cathedral will be conducted.

Jacobs said the loss of Ford has weighed heavily on both the family and him.

“It’s really hard for them, saying goodbye to their brother, their son, their husband, their dad,” said Jacobs. “The show of support they’ve had has been really buoyant for them, to see the hundreds, the thousands of people that they have touched.”

Jacobs added that it has been difficult for him.

“There’s so much in front of me right now, I just don’t have the time to sit and process what’s happened,” he said. “It’s going to get harder and harder as we get closer to the funeral. You work with someone for a couple of years… the number of times that I spoke to him, sitting there next to him. It’s someone I grew really close to.”

Ford’s office will remain vacant until Toronto Council sets a byelection. In the meantime, Jacobs said that they will continue to work on local issues with the support of other councillors.

Thousands pay their respects during first day of visitation for Rob Ford

News Mar 28, 2016 by David Nickle City Centre Mirror

Mourners numbering in the thousands filed past former Mayor Rob Ford’s casket at Toronto City Hall on Easter Monday.

“It’s easily in the thousands,” said Dan Jacobs, formerly executive assistant to Ford, who was serving as councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North when he died March 22, after a long battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Ford was lying in repose in the rotunda at Toronto City Hall, while his family received well-wishers who lined up through the building and outside in Nathan Phillips Square, waiting for a chance to say goodbye.

Ford’s casket was draped in a City of Toronto flag and surrounded by an honour guard from Toronto police.

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A second day of public viewing is slated for Tuesday, March 29, at City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On March 30, he and the family will proceed from City Hall in a procession along Queen Street, east to Yonge Street, south to King and along King to Church Street, where a funeral service at St. James Cathedral will be conducted.

Jacobs said the loss of Ford has weighed heavily on both the family and him.

“It’s really hard for them, saying goodbye to their brother, their son, their husband, their dad,” said Jacobs. “The show of support they’ve had has been really buoyant for them, to see the hundreds, the thousands of people that they have touched.”

Jacobs added that it has been difficult for him.

“There’s so much in front of me right now, I just don’t have the time to sit and process what’s happened,” he said. “It’s going to get harder and harder as we get closer to the funeral. You work with someone for a couple of years… the number of times that I spoke to him, sitting there next to him. It’s someone I grew really close to.”

Ford’s office will remain vacant until Toronto Council sets a byelection. In the meantime, Jacobs said that they will continue to work on local issues with the support of other councillors.