Details of Jim Flaherty's visitation, state funeral

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Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

TORONTO - Thousands are expected to say their goodbyes to Jim Flaherty at his visitation and state funeral this week.

The Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa died suddenly from a heart attack at his Ottawa condo on Thursday. He was 64.

Wishing to start a life outside politics, he had resigned from his post as federal finance minister last month.

A visitation will be held Tuesday at the Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St. in Whitby, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The funeral will be held in Toronto Wednesday at 3 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, at King and Church Sts.

The Flaherty family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Abilities Centre, where his wife, Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott, sits as the interim chairman on the board. The couple have triplet sons, Quinn, Galen and John.

For more information or to send condolences go to commemoration.gc.ca.

Toronto Police said drivers should be prepared for a number of closures for the funeral. Church St. is designated as an emergency “no stopping” zone north and southbound between King St. E. and Adelaide St. E. until further notice.

Streetcars will continue to run until 10 a.m. the day of the funeral, after which they will be diverted.

Adelaide St. E., between Church St. and Jarvis St.; Church St., between King St. E. and Adelaide St. E.; and Jarvis St. between Adelaide St. E. and King St. E. will be closed beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.


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