March 22, 2016

Rob Ford: Rest in peace, buddy

Mitch WolfeRebel Blogger
 

About six months ago, I had dinner with Rob at a downtown Italian bistro.

As I wrote at the time, Rob appeared happy and optimistic. He had lost some weight. The cancer appeared in remission or at least appeared beatable.

And Ford had that political fire in his belly.

He was highly critical of the John Tory mayoralty and in two years, he said, he was going take him on again and win back the mayoralty.

Though the cancer beat Ford today, the cancer will never wipe out the love and affection that many Torontonians had for this man.

The rock-solid support of his followers never wavered. Even his political foes and media opponents grudgingly acknowledged that fact.

Rob Ford was the consummate retail politician, a true man of the people. And he had great political instincts.
These political traits made him ultimately a very formidable politician.

He also genuinely cared about people and he sincerely wanted to help them out, whether it be by fixing the potholes in the neighborhood, ensuring the heat was turned back on in their apartment, or making sure there was sufficient local police in the area to ensure the safety of the local citizens.

These little things that mean a great deal to the average man or woman on the street regardless of race, color, creed, gender, ethnicity or religion.

Hey, buddy, the fight is over. You can safely rest in peace.

But your indomitable spirit and the many fond memories will always linger on among your many friends and followers.

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commented 2016-03-23 17:56:49 -0400
I sent condolences on a previous post and didn’t know that M r. Ford’s mother was still living until I listened to Brian ’ s podcast. So very sorry for your loss, Mrs. Ford. It is so very hard for a parent to bury their children and my heart goes out to you.
I read this in a condolence and it is so true~“When SOMEONE you LOVE becomes a MEMORY, the MEMORY becomes a TREASURE”!🌹
May God bless you!
commented 2016-03-23 02:30:58 -0400
Thank you Ezra for setting up this tribute to Rob Ford.
commented 2016-03-22 20:16:46 -0400
My heart felt condolences to Mr. Rob Ford’s family. May God bless you in this your hour of grief.
Mr. Ford rest in peace and in God’s Love Sir. You are in a much better place. God bless you, your pain has ended.
commented 2016-03-22 19:53:17 -0400
Condolences to the family of a good man with human faults.

I’m not your Buddy, Guy! I’m not your Guy, Friend! I’m not your Friend, Buddy!

Rob Ford, you will be missed.
commented 2016-03-22 19:22:20 -0400
Rob, you fought the good fight. RIP
commented 2016-03-22 18:38:36 -0400
Rob Ford. Larger than life. RIP
commented 2016-03-22 18:23:54 -0400
A tragedy. My deepest condolences and sympathies with the family. Had I lived in Toronto during Rob’s tenure, I most certainly would have been a part of “Ford Nation”

Rest In Peace.
commented 2016-03-22 17:45:37 -0400
I posted this on youtube:
If you called Rob’s office, he would actually pick up the phone and talk to you or, if you left a message, he would CALL YOU BACK! Try getting that out of any of those other useless, self important Toronto city councilors.

Rob was REAL; he worked for US and treated the voters like the customers of his business. Superb customer service all the way. He cared, and this is why, no matter what kind of trouble he got into, people loved him because he was so rare a politician.

The left hounded him, made fun of him, and perhaps because of all the stress they inflicted on him, may have helped kill him. That stupid Mary Walsh, even showing up at the man’s home to harass and make fun of him. Even today, I have read some of the nasty comments on his death on twitter and it’s clear that many of these leftists only care about themselves and have no idea how classless and utterly devoid of humanity their comments sound.

RIP Rob. You set the bar high as to how politicians should treat the people who voted for them. They should all learn from the fine example you have made and you are so very missed.