Dozens of people - friends, family and strangers - paid their respects to fallen Toronto Police officer, Constable John Zivcic in a public visitation held Sunday.
The 34-year-old died Monday in the trauma centre of St. Michael’s Hospital after suffering severe head injuries when his unmarked vehicle was involved in a collision on Saturday.
The visitation was open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the afternoon, cars packed the parking lot of the Delmoro Funeral Home at Jane and Wilson.
There was a heavy police presence Sunday afternoon, with Toronto officers from divisions across the city paying a visit. There was a police bus shuttling officers to and from the funeral home.
Two police horses, Tecumseh and Timmis, were stationed outside as is protocol.
The young constable is said to have been an “up and comer” in the service. Family friends and acquaintances all remember him fondly.
"He was such a nice officer," said family friend Zora Kolic.
She met the Zivcic family through the Croatian community and has lots of happy memories of John. "The best is when he was playing the accordion.
Teresa Knights didn't know Zivcic but with her father being a retired police officer, she felt she had to be there.
"In respect of them and my background, I thought it was right to show up."
She says being inside the funeral home and speaking with Zivcic's family members, she had a sobering thought.
"I'm damn lucky my dad didn't die in the line of duty."
Mayor Rob Ford, Councillor Doug Ford and Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair all paid a visit to the visitation.
A full police funeral service will be held on Monday at the Toronto Congress Centre at 650 Dixon Road at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.
Doors will open at 10 a.m. Seating is available to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A procession will take place before the service, starting at 9:20 a.m., travelling from the Delmoro Funeral Home to the Congress Centre.
The cortege will travel along this route:
- westbound on Wilson Avenue
- continuing along Walsh Avenue
- continuing along Albion Road
- westbound on Elmhurst Drive
- southbound on Islington Avenue
- westbound on Rexdale Boulevard
- southbound on Martin Grove Road
Officers will line both sides of the streets along the procession route and salute Constable Zivcic as the funeral cortege drives past on the way to the Toronto Congress Centre.