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Rob Ford to lie in repose at city hall for two days before funeral

Last Updated Mar 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm EST

Councillor Rob Ford will lie in repose for two days at Toronto City Hall starting Mon. March 28 before a funeral service to be held at St. James Cathedral on Wed. March 30 at noon.

While the burial will not be open to the public, the Ford family says a celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday night at the Toronto Congress Centre on Dixon Road.

A complete schedule follows:

Monday, March 28, 2016

9:00 AM – Councillor Ford and his family will arrive at City Hall, where he will lie in repose
10:00 AM – City Hall will be open for members of the public to pay their respects to the Councillor and his family
6:00 PM – City Hall will close for the day

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

7:30 AM – City Hall will be open for members of the public to pay their respects to the Councillor and his family
9:30 PM – City Hall will close for the day, and Councillor Ford and his family will depart

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10:30 AM – Procession starting at Toronto City Hall, and ending at St James Cathedral (65 Church St) where the funeral service will be held
– Route information to follow at a later time

12:00 – PM Funeral services at St James Cathedral

1:00 PM – Funeral services conclude, Councillor Ford and his family will depart to lay him to rest – Private Ceremony

6:30 PM – The Ford Family welcomes members of the public to join them at the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Rd) for a celebration of Councillor Ford’s life

9:00 PM – Celebration concludes

No other former mayor or councillor has lain in repose at city hall since the city amalgamated in 1998, and municipal staff don’t have access to earlier records, according to city spokeswoman Jackie DeSouza

Councillor Ford’s family wishes to express their gratitude for the thousands of messages of support they have received from around the world. As difficult as it is to say goodbye, they would like to do so in the same manner in which he lived his life, by sharing it with the people.

The family wishes to also thank the Mayor for allowing Councillor Ford to lie in repose at City Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honour to the Ford-Panov research panel at Mount Sinai Hospital