Toronto, Ontario – Statement from Chief Mark Saunders on the passing of Chief William McCormack:
On behalf of the Toronto Police Service, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief William McCormack, who passed away earlier this afternoon at the age of 83.
Chief McCormack served as a proud member of what was then known as the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force for 35 years, including his tenure as Chief between 1989 and 1995.
During his time as Chief, he was responsible for implementing our Ceremonial Unit, a tradition that proudly lives on and is considered an honoured symbol of the Toronto Police Service.
During his retirement, he continued to be a proud ambassador for the Service by attending various events and showing his pride in policing.
I know there are many members serving today who fondly remember their time under Chief McCormack’s command.
I am one of them.
His legacy will live on, both in the community and within the Toronto Police Service, through his wife, Jean, and his children.
A visitation will be held on Sunday and a funeral will be held on Monday at St. Paul’s Basilica. Details will be available on our website. There is also a Book of Condolence available in our lobby here at Headquarters, for members of the Service or public who wish to express their thoughts to the family.
Statement from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle on the passing of Chief William McCormack:
On behalf of the Toronto Police Services Board, I would like to add my condolences to the list of family, friends and colleagues mourning the loss of Chief William McCormack.
I have tremendous respect for police officers and the dedication and commitment it takes to serve our city as Chief of Police is admirable.
While, during that time, I was not as involved in policing as I am right now, I know as a citizen of Toronto the work he did to keep our neighbourhoods safe.
I also know from speaking with his colleagues, here at the Service, he was respected by the men and women of the Toronto Police Service and that his legacy lives on, through his work and the work of his children.
The visitation will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill.
The funeral will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto.
A family-only interment will take place afterwards.
A book of condolence is available at Headquarters, as of today, until the day of the funeral.
Toronto Police Service