Rob Ford passed away today at age 46, from cancer. He was the former mayor of Toronto, who was reelected as a city councillor from the Toronto neighbourhood of Etobicoke.
He was best-known for his public life and his political life and the challenges of his personal life.
But I think, just judging by the look on his face, his favourite place to be was coaching high school football.
He had time for anyone, especially for the kids who needed help.
Name me someone else in politics who would let a troubled kid sleep on his couch.
He didn’t do this as a photo op.
It was the real Rob Ford, doing what he loved.
There will be other days to mark his political record; and to argue against his defamers, the political, media and legal elites who combined to drive him from office.
That argument can start tomorrow.
But for today, all we have to say is that Rob Ford will be missed, that our hearts are with his family, and that we are glad for so many things he did.