Rob Ford to lie in repose at city hall, funeral set for Wednesday

The public will get a chance to say goodbye to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford next week when his body lies in repose next week at city hall. Ford, 46, died of cancer yesterday.

Public welcome at 'celebration of life' held by Ford family

Kenny Neville, who identified himself as being a proud member of Ford Nation, cries as he signs a book of condolences for Rob Ford's family at city hall on Tuesday. (John Rieti/CBC)

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's body will rest at city hall on Monday and Tuesday ahead of his funeral, scheduled for Wednesday.

Ford, 46, died yesterday after a 18-month struggle with cancer.

Mourners have been signing a book of condolences or adding to a chalk memorial at city hall.

Next week, the public will get another chance to say goodbye and to wish other members of the Ford family well. The visitation will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Tuesday's visitation will run between 7:30 a.m and 9:30 p.m.

His funeral is set for Wednesday at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto. There will be a procession from city hall to the cathedral beginning at 10:30 a.m. The service is set to begin at noon.

St. James Cathedral, at Church Street and King Street East, hosted the state funeral for the late Jim Flaherty in the spring of 2014.

The Ford family also welcomed the public to a Wednesday "celebration of life" event at the Toronto Congress Centre starting at 6:30 p.m.

The venue, at 650 Dixon Road, is where Ford celebrated his election victory in 2010. He would serve as mayor until 2014.

His turbulent time as mayor made Ford one of Canada's most notorious public figures whose death triggered an outpouring of grief and sympathy. 

Politicians of all stripes praised the passion and fierce determination that made Ford a political powerhouse for years and endeared him to throngs of devoted followers despite the cloud of scandal that hung over him.


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