The one thing that I think most people remember about Rob Ford is that he was rarely boring.
Friend or foe he was a larger than life character whose legend will surely grow as we tend to remember the good of people rather than the bad…unless they were very bad.
Rob Ford forced his personality into the Toronto Mayor’s seat. Born of privilege, he some how managed to capture the Don Cherry crowd which should never be over looked as an achievement.
Ford’s success showed that you didn’t have to be a factory made slick product that always said the safe thing. He was the anti-politician while at the same time essentially being an old school political shaker.
There are those that totally were in opposition to him holding office such as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne who posted kind statements about Ford. Her statement below is an example of the type of comments coming from those he fought against politically.
“It was with deep sadness that I learned that former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has passed away.
As the son of the late Doug Ford Sr., a former MPP, Rob Ford grew up in a family with a strong tradition of political involvement and community service. And he upheld that tradition throughout his life. In 2000, at the age of just 31, Rob Ford became a Toronto city councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North. He served three terms in that role before being elected as mayor of Canada’s largest city in 2010.
Grave health issues forced Rob Ford to withdraw from Toronto’s 2014 mayoral election campaign. But he demonstrated his fierce determination to continue in public service by campaigning successfully to win back his former position as Ward 2 councillor. Rob Ford earned widespread respect for his unwavering persistence in the face of serious health concerns — which he summed up in a statement released from his hospital bed during the 2014 campaign: ‘Be strong, stay positive and never, ever give up.’
On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I want to express my condolences to Rob Ford’s friends, family and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
While he’ll be remembered for his antics and addictions by many he achieved much and put Toronto on the map more than any Toronto mayor.
CFN offers our condolences to his supporters and family.