A funeral service is being held Monday morning for former Toronto Police Chief William “Bill” McCormack, who died late last week at the age of 83.
The service will start at 11:00 a.m. at St Paul’s Basilica, located at 83 Power Street in Toronto.
Visitation was held Sunday afternoon, where hundreds turned out to pay their last respects.
In addition to the family, the procession will include the Mounted Unit, TPS Pipe Band and the Chief’s Ceremonial Unit. They will make their way down the DVP, west on Richmond Street and then north on Power Street.
A private interment will take place following the funeral mass.
Statement from Chief Mark Saunders on the passing of Chief William McCormack:
On behalf of the Toronto Police Service, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief William McCormack, who passed away earlier this afternoon at the age of 83.
Chief McCormack served as a proud member of what was then known as the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force for 35 years, including his tenure as Chief between 1989 and 1995.
During his time as Chief, he was responsible for implementing our Ceremonial Unit, a tradition that proudly lives on and is considered an honoured symbol of the Toronto Police Service.
During his retirement, he continued to be a proud ambassador for the Service by attending various events and showing his pride in policing.
I know there are many members serving today who fondly remember their time under Chief McCormack’s command.
I am one of them.
His legacy will live on, both in the community and within the Toronto Police Service, through his wife, Jean, and his children.