The funeral of former mayor Rob Ford has wrapped up at St.James Cathedral drawing hundreds of dignitaries, friends, family and Ford supporters.
Former premier Mike Harris was the first to speak at the Ford funeral and says “The real tribute to Rob Ford was the line of people who waited in the rain on Monday.”
A former football player Rob Ford coached at Don Bosco, Clinton Leonard, was the next to speak and he told stories of road trips with Ford watching them and how good he was to them
He said “He showed us right from wrong and steered us on the right path and taught us to be gentlemen.”
Ford’s children Stephanie and Dougie called Rob “An amazing dad”. Stephanie says when he was close to death he looked at her in the hospital, smiled and said “I might not be here much longer and I want you to remember I’ll always love you. I need you and Dougie to be strong for your mother.”
She went on to say “I know my dad is in a better place now and he’s the mayor of heaven now.” to a loud round of applause.
Former Councillor and Rob’s brother Doug was the last to speak and said that “Stephanie and Dougie, you will always be taken care of and will always be loved”
Doug thanked mayor John Tory for “bending over backwards” and also thanked Premier Kathleen Wynne for her support.
Doug also said “I always said the big guy was the champion of the little guy,” he went on to tell a story of a supporter in Edmonton who had a problem and asked Rob for help. The former mayor told Doug he would call the mayor of Edmonton and help him out.
He also called Rob “The mayor of Canada” and says he just wanted to help and “was always willing to go out and help people”
He went out to tell a story when Rob helped out a fast food restaurant with a delivery late at night when no one else was available. He says that was what Rob wanted to do was help people out.
Doug say his family would be forever indebted to the city for the love and support. Doug says when they were walking in the procession his brother Randy said “we haven’t seen this kind of support since the Jays won the world series.”
He finished by breaking up and saying “Rob, I’m gonna miss you like crazy.” forcing back tears, he said “The Ford family will always serve the city of Toronto, the province of Ontario and this great country of Canada.”
A private ceremony for the family is being held after the funeral followed by a celebration of his life at the Toronto Congress centre on Dixon Road tonight.