Dec 13, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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Family and friends – many a who’s who of politicians – gathered Monday to say goodbye to former North York and then first mega-city mayor Mel Lastman.
One of his sons, Dale, told the funeral service at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel near Dufferin and Steeles, how his father’s health declined greatly after his mother died New Year’s Day 2020.
”I only know that my dad’s love for my mom was so strong, so powerful, that he really could not bear the thought of living one single moment without her,” he said.
”My dad stopped living on January 1.  He was physically healthy, but his mental faculties began to deteriorate almost immediately and progressed with alarming speed.”
Dale Lastman says his father treated everyone with respect.
”People didn’t love him because he lowered their taxes, or got their sidewalk shovelled, or he was famous.  They loved him because they identified with him.”
Brother Blayne says family came first for his father, who shared life lessons with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A high school drop-out, who founded Bad Boy furniture, Mel Lastman would go on to serve as North York mayor for 25 years before becoming the first mayor of the amalgamated city of Toronto in 1998.
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