Melvin Douglas Lastman, former Mayor of Toronto dies aged 88

By | December 13, 2021

Mel Lastman Death – Cause of Death – Melvin Douglas Lastman, Canadian businessman and politician who served as the third mayor of North York from 1973 to 1997 and 62nd mayor of Toronto from 1998 to 2003, has passed away. Melvin Douglas Lastman who was known to many as “Mayor Mel” or “Mega City Mel” passed away on the 11th of December 2021 at the age of 88.

Lastman was the first mayor of Toronto after the 1998 amalgamation of Metro Toronto and its six constituent municipalities. Reports states that Lastman founded the Bad Boy Furniture chain. Bad Boy Furniture was established by Lastman in 1955. Lastman developed Bad Boy Furniture into a chain of stores around the Toronto area. “Bad Boy” was associated with many publicity stunts, including traveling to the Arctic in the 1960s to “sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo.”

In 1975, Lastman sold the chain to run in the Ontario general election. On December 4, 1972, Lastman was elected mayor of North York on the 4th of December 1972. He defeated fellow North York controller Paul Hunt for the open mayoral seat. During his time as mayor, Lastman successfully promoted the creation of North York City Centre, which became unofficially known as the “new downtown” of Toronto.

Peter Bethlenfalvy said in a tweet; “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mel Lastman, one of the true originals in Ontario politics. My thoughts are with his friends and family.”

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