Bouquets of flowers and notes of remembrance for Ed Mirvish adorn a patch of sidewalk outside his Honest Ed’s store a day after his death.
The legendary shopkeeper and theatre impresario passed away at St. Michael’s Hospital Wednesday at the age of 92, sparking an outpouring of grief from local celebrities, politicians and people from one end of the city to the other.
The flag at Nathan Phillips Square has been lowered to half staff, where it will stay Friday as Mirvish is laid to rest following a funeral service at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. Hundreds are expected to attend the memorial for the man who had an enormous impact on Toronto’s economy and theatre scene.
He died having received more than 250 accolades, including the Order of Canada, for his personal and professional accomplishments.
The family will observe a private shiva, and the funeral will be held Friday at 11am at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue at 1700 Bathurst St.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
The Ed Mirvish Educational Memorial Fund
c/o The Benjamin Foundation
3429 Bathurst Street,
Or call (416) 780-0324.
The fund supports up and coming entrepreneurs.