Mel Lastman, long-serving and often controversial former Toronto mayor, dead at age 88

Ontario’s surest says Mel Lastman, the long-serving, continuously debatable former mayor of Toronto, has died. He used to be 88.

Doug Ford confirmed the inside track in a Saturday night tweet.

“He was once a perfect Mayor and he touched many lives,” Ford stated.

“Mel, you will truly be ignored. My thoughts are with the Lastman family at this hard time.”

Ford defined Lastman as a “true leader and builder” for Toronto.

I’m very unhappy to be told of the passing of Mel Lastman. Mel used to be a true leader and builder for @cityoftoronto. He was once a great Mayor and he touched many lives. Mel, you will really be overlooked. My emotions are with the Lastman circle of relatives at this tough time. pic.twitter.com/b6owt1tcXj

—@fordnation

Lastman served as mayor of North York for 25 years sooner than Toronto’s suburbs merged.

He then became the primary mayor of the amalgamated Toronto — a job he held for 6 years.

Reacting to Lastman’s demise, Conservative Celebration Leader Erin O’Toole defined him as a “remarkable leader,” even as Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said he had a “wealth of data” on Toronto, Ontario and Canada as an entire.

“I were given to grasp him at the same time as i used to be serving on the provincial degree,” Brown stated in a tweet. “He leaves behind an overly spectacular legacy of town development.”

A funeral will likely be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel.

Mel Lastman used to be a outstanding chief for Toronto who had a lasting affect on the town. i used to be saddened to be informed of his passing this evening.

My condolences to the Lastman circle of relatives and Mel’s many buddies throughout this tough time.

—@erinotoole

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