Body of Rob Ford Lies In Repose At Toronto City Hall
She left her home before the sun had begun to rise. At 5 o’clock in the morning Fiona was on the road on her way to City Hall to pay respects to a man she never met. Mayor Rob Ford is laying in repose at the rotunda downtown, transported there by Toronto Police early in the morning, just early enough for Fiona to finally see the Mayor for the first time.
Ford lost his battle to cancer last week at the age of 46. Despite his somewhat dubious past he is being remembered today and tomorrow at city hall as a leader and even to some people, a hero.
We spoke with several of the mourners including Fiona.
Fiona was not alone waiting in line. Hundreds of others from around the city all wanted to pay their respects. Some, members of Ford Nation emblazoned with Ford paraphernalia others, individuals who respected the man more than the story.
Distinctive in the crowd were members of the Don Bosco football team, a team that Ford once coached before he admitted to crack cocaine use.
Despite the antipathy in the media Ford was idolized by his players.
Teammates took a moment to speak with the media saying, “Ford was like a father to us. He taught us respect and how to be men.” The brawny football players with tears in their eyes as they recollected the father that was snatched away too quickly by a despicable disease.
Sentiments like this ruled the day, with mourners choosing to remembering the man they thought they knew instead of the man portrayed so negatively in the media.
A public procession will start at City Hall on Wednesday and end at St. James Cathedral where the funeral will be held at noon.
The Ford family is encouraging people to send short 10 second video clips talking about their experiences with Ford.
Organizers are creating a montage of the clips which will play Wednesday evening at a function celebrating his life. Videos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
With Files from Sandy Salerno