William J. McCormack

February 21, 1933September 8, 2016

McCormack, William Joseph - Peacefully on Thursday, September 8, 2016 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of 58 years of Jean (nee Kernick). Loving father of William (Jodie), Kathy (Rondi), Mike (Liz), Jamie (Tracey), and Lisa (Brian). Cherished Papa of Erin, Jessica, Bailey, James, Madeline, Conor, Emma, Sam, Savanna, Katie, Olivia and great grandfather of Sydney, Kennedy and Halle. William McCormack was the former Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Homes - Vaughan Chapel, 8088 Yonge Street (south of Hwy 7) on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street (Queen and Parliament). Private family interment to be held following the mass. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, September 11, 2016
  • Visitation Sunday, September 11, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 12, 2016

William J. McCormack

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Sandy Macdonald

October 3, 2017

Dear Jean and Family.
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Bill (Chief McCormack).
Loved his great smile and sense of humor. We lived and loved living across the corn field from you both in Queensville. RIP (Bill, the best Chief Toronto had)
Big hugs to you Jean from PEI. ❤ Sandy & Tommy Macdonald

Princess Yasmine Saud

September 17, 2016

In Memorial of Chief McCormick:
I might be down but never-out, I might not ride into the other side - yet I am forever on track of life - eternally in journey for the right side; begotten in God I will find rest; with invested hope in Eternity -on this- I set my sight.
Should heart carry me onto this door I will surely pass, and we too, ought meet again! Behold One's heart sorrow will pass and until that day should spirit hold One's hand.
The windows are many of heights unknown, all looking from the Soul, remembering life as of blended perspective due It's victory!
This is Life:
A composure onto God regardless that of sight we may not see the Eternal design continuing - Life as Being beyond earth's Realm of toil and disease.
Rest assured we have a call and in this Life can not end: Life - 'It' will not end: Life - as promised will always 'begin again'!

Princess Yasmine Bint Sultan Ibn Abdul Al-Saud, Sept.17, 2016.

Paul & Theresa Wharton

September 16, 2016

Dearest Jean & family: Our deepest sympathy & sincere condolences on the loss of your "Bill"! While the passing of a loved one is never easy, there should be some joy in celebrating the life of a wonderful man whose time here on earth was so fruitful, meaningful & exemplary. Having known "the Chief" since those days of our many meetings in Toronto, I came to see a true caring, human. & kindly man, while still upholding the legal rigors of his Office. He was always a man who loved his Profession, his Family & his Faith. A man who humbly touched all those he met: politicians, his officers, the diverse members of the Metro community & many others we shall never know about. In biblical terms, he was "a man without guile" & a true "Gentle Man"! Sadly we shall not see his like again. Requiescat in Pace! To paraphrase St Paul: Bill fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the Faith, & now has reaped the reward reserved for him! May God's "Amazing Grace" be with you all during the difficult days ahead. Love, Hugs & Blessings. Paul R, Wharton (former Asst. Director of Education MSSB/TCDSB) & Theresa Ravanello-Wharton (former Chief Social Worker MSSB/TCDSB).

Ben Troina

September 16, 2016

My sincerest condolences to the McCormack family for your loss. Chief McCormach was a great man, he was one of the better Chiefs the city of Toronto has ever had. A true gentleman, leader and a real police constable not a politician. R.I.P.

September 16, 2016

Condolences to all the McCormack family at this time for their loss.. Chief McCormack was a great man and a strong, compassionate leader of the Toronto Police Service. I only had the privilege of meeting him on a few occasions at the Superior Courthouse, but my late daughter, Heather, worked at HQ for many years and often spoke fondly of his kind words of encouragement and compliment to her. He will be sadly missed.
Maurice Anderson
Superior Court Staff (retired)

September 13, 2016

Kathy, I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. My heart goes out to you and all of your family. I have thought of you so many times over the past years and wondered how you are. I hope you remember me from the good old days. I still keep in touch with Cathy Mcneil,
Again I am so sorry for your loss.
Ken Rozycki

September 13, 2016

My deepest sympathy to Mrs McCormack and her family on the passing of your beloved Bill, Husband, Father and Grandfather. I had the privilege of working with Bill when he was in charge of Homicide, Metro Toronto Police Dept. He was a Gentleman , always respectful and understanding and willing to encourage and share his experiences with us younger Police Officers.It is to my credit that I had this opportunity to be associated with such a special and talented professional.Bill will always be a part of my journey.
Philip Martin
Former Police Officer MTPD

Michele & Steven Small

September 12, 2016

Dear Mike, Liz and family, We are deeply and sincerely sorry for your loss. Chief McCormack accomplished so much in his lifetime and will always be remembered as the brave, hardworking and intelligent man that he was. Your grief is shared by all who knew him. In Sympathy, Michele Zentil & Dr. Steven Small

September 12, 2016

To the McCormack family and friends :

I am very sorry to hear of the passing Bill....I wish to pass along my condolences and best wishes to all of you. He was a great and wonderful man who will be remembered positively for a very long time. Kathy, Madeline and Bailey..I hope you are all doing well, my thoughts are with you. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Robert Braun

Theresia W. (Classmate at NDHS)

September 12, 2016

Kathy and family:
Your father sounded like a great man. I am happy that you had such a great dad and so sorry for your loss.