However unlike many other publications which have sugarcoated their descriptions of Rob Ford's life, we are going to be honest about him.
Rob Ford was a wife beater.
His wife Renata called police on numerous occasions to complain about domestic abuse. One time she even alleged that Rob Ford was taking the kids and leaving the country with them, effectively kidnapping them. However after every domestic abuse incident she would always refuse to press charges against Rob Ford. She flip flopped, as many domestic abuse victims often do, and Rob Ford would eventually abuse her again later.
Our sympathies go to Renata. She is finally free of the man who had been abusing her for many years.
Rob Ford was an addict.
He was a crack cocaine addict, smoked both crack and marijuana, was fond of having "drunken stupors", and a party animal. His crack cocaine addiction, which he eventually admitted to publicly, was a major scandal and was a large factor in his downfall as mayor and his career suicide.
While his addiction did not hurt anyone (that we know of), it did effect his personality. The people of Toronto weren't really surprised when it was revealed Rob Ford was on crack, because his erratic behaviour indicated that he was definitely not normal.
His brother, Doug Ford, was an enabler. Doug Ford was a drug dealer during the 1980s and never got convicted of any major crimes thanks to their rich father bribing the right people. Even an incident of kidnapping and forcible confinement never reached the court system thanks to money greasing the right hands, and the Ford family managed to maintain their appearance of being law abiding even if they were secretly a family of malcontents. As such Rob Ford's younger days was a stepping stone towards his drug addiction and his supportive brother, rarely concerned about his brother's heath and instead supportive of his party animal lifestyle, was simply another nail in the coffin.
Years of heavy drinking, over eating, and drug addiction eventually paid a toll and he developed cancer, as many people do who battle alcoholism and drug addiction. His alcoholism and frequent drug use was a factor in his anger issues, and therefore a symptom of such behaviour was that he would abuse his wife, which was often.
Rob Ford was not a good human being.
He was a bigoted hateful asshole. A fear-mongering, racist, sexist, homophobe, pathological liar, delusional megalomaniac. To call him "scum" would have been putting it lightly. He has been compared to all manner of historical despots, although our favourite is Prince John (of Robin Hood fame). He was a leader undeserving of the title. He was utterly corrupt, unapologetic and ruthless when it came to anything he despised - and it didn't take much for him to hate people.
Like all despotic party animals his lifestyle was eventually his downfall. It ruined his career and his health, eventually leading to his death.
Rob Ford's legend will live on in infamy. He is widely regarded as the Worst Mayor in Toronto History.
Anyone reading this should take this as a lesson of what not to do. Live your life free of drug addiction, free of alcoholism, free of spousal abuse, and try to be a nicer person to your fellow human beings. Rob Ford knew very little about the simply joys that come from being a nicer person and being free of the demons that plague your dark side. Rob Ford had many demons and he should be pitied for having so many, but he should not be remembered with fondness because he was a horrible human being. Even those who knew him best, like his wife, will be happy to be rid of him.
Many people hate Rob Ford, and that is quite understandable, but we ask that you let go of your hatred for him now that he is dead. Be content that any damage he did has been reversed and that his only true legacy will be a reminder of what happens when you let hatred and addiction ruin your life.
A happier life is one free of hatred
and full of love for those around you.