Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Toronto Chief Planner Ted Tyndorf succumbs to cancer

Found about Ted Tyndorf's passing from Shima's blog. I recall meeting him briefly prior to our inaugural Committee of Adjustment members meeting for our 2007-2010 term back in April. My condolences go out to his family.

The following includes excerpts from the Toronto Sun and a communique sent out to Toronto Planning staff:

Described by Mayor David Miller as the "perfect example of the professional public servant," Toronto chief planner Ted Tyndorf led the country's largest municipal planning staff with a passion for city-building that colleagues say never faltered.

Early Saturday, Tyndorf died, losing his battle with cancer. He was 54.

"He was a very honest man -- he had integrity," his wife Christine Tyndorf said yesterday. "What he thought should be done for the city, he always fought for. "

"He had an understanding of what Toronto should be."

Miller yesterday issued a statement of condolence to Tyndorf's family, friends and colleagues.

"As Toronto's chief planner, he was committed to our city and his passion for its future never waned," Miller said.

Tyndorf was appointed Chief Planner of Toronto in November of 2004. He began his career in 1977 with the former City of Etobicoke after graduating from Ryerson with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban Planning. From 1986 to 1991, Tyndorf worked in the private sector, returning to the City of Etobicoke as the Director of Development, Design and Administrative Services. His professionalism and friendly, outgoing personality has been a hallmark in City Planning ever since.

Tyndorf led the largest, and most diverse, City Planning operation in the country. From architecture and urban design, to heritage preservation, to transportation planning, to land use and community planning, Tyndorf's 300-plus staff are some of the most talented professionals in Canada. Under his leadership, they worked diligently - and continue to - for the people of Toronto, implementing the City's ambitious Official Plan, and on a myriad of other planning issues the City manages everyday.

Visitation for Tyndorf takes place at Turner and Porter Yorke (Bloor St. W. and Windermere Ave.) today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rosary will be in the evening. The funeral will be held at All Saints Church (Eglinton Ave. W. and Royal York Rd.) at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with burial to take place at Park Lawn Cemetery.

Ted leaves his wife Christine and three children: Julie, Matthew and Michael.


Anonymous said...

It's a bit sad that only the Toronto Sun (of all newspapers) picked up this story. As of Tuesday morning, no other paper (according to Google News) even has mention of this. RIP Ted.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly about the Sun being the only newspaper that made a story. I work as a planner for the city of toronto. Ted will be sadly missed, he was a great guy very approachable and enjoyed talking to all his staff.