Funeral for Dudley Laws

Visitation for Dudley Laws will be held at McDougall & Brown Funeral Home, 1812 Eglinton Ave. W. (at Dufferin) from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 31). A wake for the deceased takes place tomorrow night (Friday) at the JCA, 995 Arrow Rd. and the funeral service will be held on Saturday at Revivaltime Tabernacle Ministries, 4340 Dufferin St. (between Sheppard Avenue West & Finch Avenue West), starting at 10 a.m.

Prior to the funeral service on Saturday, supporters and friends of Dudley Laws are asked to make one last march with him from the funeral home at Eglinton Avenue and Dufferin Street starting at 7:30 a.m. through the Eglinton/Oakwood area to Marlee Avenue following the hearse after which they will drive up Allan Road to Revivaltime Tabernacle for the service.

Mr. Laws will be laid to rest at Glenview Memorial Gardens, 7541 Hwy 50 RR #1, north of Steeles Avenue in Woodbridge.

There will be two receptions following the funeral, one starting at 3 pm at Faith Open Door Ministries, 920 Caledonia Road Unit #4 south of Lawrence, which will go until midnight and the other at the Rozz – 200 Advance Blvd (Brampton) from 4:00-8:30 p.m.

Revivaltime’s founding pastor Bishop Dr. Audley James promised that part of his message will reflect Laws’ passion for young people.

“I have only 10 minutes, but I will speak to the youth,” said Dr. James who said he visited Laws in hospital. “I prayed with him and he made his peace with God.”

Dr. James expects close to 3,000 mourners to attend the funeral.

“We had about 2,400 for Miss Lou in 2006 and that’s our largest funeral so far,” he added. “It looks like the attendance for Dudley’s funeral could surpass that, but we are prepared.”

Toronto lawyer, Charles Roach, will deliver the eulogy while several will pay tribute, including former Toronto Police Service deputy chief Keith Forde and former provincial government minister Mary Anne Chambers.

Donations can be made payable to: Black Action Defense Committee Inc., 944A St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 1C8. The telephone number is 416-656-2232 or email
For further information: Philip Mascoll, 416-465-9933; Robert Laws (son of Dudley Laws), 416-226-1849; Hewitt Loague, Chair, BADC, 647-833-9079 or Valarie Steele, 416-656-4624.

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