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Mel Lastman, the former mayor of Toronto, has died at the age of 88

Former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman died at the age of 88.

Key takeaways:

  • From 1998 to 2003, Lastman, who was 88 years old, served as the first mayor of a newly merged Toronto. He was also the mayor of North York from 1973 to 1997.

Mel Lastman, a former Toronto mayor, has passed away.

Lastman, who was 88 years old, was the first mayor of a newly merged Toronto from 1998 to 2003. From 1973 to 1997, he was also the mayor of North York.

Blayne Lastman, his son, confirmed his death.

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Lastman’s family and friends received condolences from Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement.

The statement read, “He was so dedicated to the city and worked tirelessly throughout his tenure in office to ensure that Toronto moved forward as one united city and into the twenty-first century.”

“As we mourn Mel Lastman’s passing, I’d like to express my gratitude to him for his contributions to North York and the City of Toronto.” Those who knew and loved him will be deeply saddened by his passing. May his life’s memory be a blessing.”

Mel Lastman, former mayor of Toronto, has died at 88
Former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman died at the age of 88. Image from Toronto Star

In honor of Lastman, Tory requested that all official flagpoles at Toronto City Hall and other city buildings be lowered to half-mast.

Lastman founded the first Bad Boy furniture store in Scarborough, Ontario, before entering politics.

Marilyn, his wife, passed away in January 2020 after a brief illness.

After learning of Lastman’s death on Saturday night, Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted his condolences.

“He was a wonderful mayor who had a profound impact on many people’s lives.” Mel, you will be greatly missed. “At this difficult time, my thoughts are with the Lastman family,” Ford tweeted.

At 10 a.m., on Dec. 13, a funeral in his honor will be held at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel.

Source: Global News

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