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Slain Toronto police officer Jeffrey Northrup remembered as amiable, gentle giant at funeral

Slain Toronto police officer Const. Jeffrey Northrup, who was killed last week in the line of duty, was remembered at his funeral Monday as a kind, gentle giant who loved his family deeply and was quick to lend a hand wherever he could.

Officer was a husband and a father of 3 children

Const. Jeffrey Northrup worked in court services until he became a police officer in 1998. He was assigned to Toronto's 52 Division in 2008. (@TPS52Div/Twitter)

Slain Toronto police officer Const. Jeffrey Northrup, who was killed last week in the line of duty, was remembered at his funeral Monday as a kind, gentle giant who loved his family deeply and was quick to lend a hand wherever he could.

Northrup's casket was draped in the Canadian flag and wheeled into BMO Field in downtown Toronto in sombre silence just before 1:30 p.m. ET. His cap and a medal sat on pillows atop of the casket as the service began.

Northrup's wife, Margaret, told the crowd that her husband truly loved life, and life loved him back. She praised his kind heart and amazing work effort, with her voice only wavering when mentioning their three kids — Brennen, Samantha and Mitchell. 

"Your daddy loves you so much," she said, before reflecting on the couple's relationship.

"I am so grateful to have had you in my life for 28 years. You were my knight, my strength, my confidant, and my best friend … I am lost without you. However, I will remain strong with you still in my heart, and by my side.

"Goodbye, my love."

WATCH | Margaret Northrup speaks about her husband:

‘You were my knight’: Wife of Const. Jeffrey Northrup gives emotional goodbye to her husband

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Margaret Northrup spoke at a funeral on Monday for her husband, Jeffrey, describing him as someone who truly loved life. ‘You were my knight, my strength, my confidant, and my best friend,’ she said. 1:29

Master of ceremonies Supt. Peter Code told the amassed mourners that, to fellow officers, the 31-year veteran from 52 Division was "the hardest of all workers" who would take on any task. Northrup was always the first to arrive for a job, Code said.

"And he would do it with a smile," he said.

Rows of uniformed police officers sat distanced from each other in the stands. Attendees included Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

The premier offered his condolences to Northrup's family, saying the officer made the "ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

"He did so as a hero. He put his life on the line in order to serve and protect his community, and this is a debt we will never be able to repay," Ford said.

WATCH | Northrup remembered at his funeral: 

‘Courageous police officer,’ husband and son: Toronto, Ontario officials speak to the life of Const. Jeffrey Northrup

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Toronto and Ontario officials spoke Monday at a funeral held for Const. Jeffrey Northrup, who investigators say was killed in a deliberate act earlier this month while responding to a report of a robbery in a parking lot beneath Toronto City Hall. 3:43

Investigators say Northrup was killed in a deliberate act last week while responding to a report of a robbery in a parking lot at Toronto City Hall.

They say he died after being struck by a vehicle. A 31-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Northrup lived in Brampton with his wife and three children, ages 21, 19 and 17, Toronto police said in a news release.

"Jeff was hugely liked by his neighbours, community, colleagues and friends. He has been praised for his kindness, energy and enthusiasm for work and life," the release said.

"He was dedicated to his wife and family, and his work as a police officer."

In a news release in advance of the funeral, Toronto police said Northtrup was a 'dedicated member of the Brampton community' and was involved with the Scouts, lacrosse organzations and the Special Olympics. (@TPS52Div/Twitter)

Northrup started in 1989 as a court officer, before graduating from police college in 1999 and heading to 11 Division, and then to 52 Division in 2008.

Ford said Northrup was a devoted father who was deeply entrenched in his kids' activities and sports, who also volunteered with the Special Olympics. He was also involved in scouts and lacrosse.

"Jeff was one of the best amongst us, and a credit to the duty of policing," Ford said.

Tory similarly offered his condolences, and praised Northrup for his years of hard work.

"This is a family of character, of strength, of deep commitment to public service," the mayor said.

Police Services Board Chair Jim Hart called Northrup a "giant in stature and heart" who was known for his wisdom, wit, and kind character.

"He tragically gave his life doing what he truly and sincerely loved doing: serving and protecting his community," Hart said.

The hearse carrying Northrup's casket arrives for his funeral in Toronto, on Monday. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

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