NAPANEE, Ont. - Firefighters from across Ontario are expected in Napanee, Ont., today for the funeral of the town's longtime fire chief.

George Hanmore died last weekend after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 56.

Hanmore began his career more than three decades ago and had been Napanee's fire chief for the past six years.

He began his firefighting career in 1974 as a civilian with the Department of National Defence at CFB Kingston.

He was a captain with the Kingston Township Fire Department and assistant fire chief of the Greater Sudbury Fire Service in 2000.

He retired in 2002, but came out of retirement in 2004 when he applied for the position of chief in Napanee.

Firefighters from across Ontario are expected to form a procession prior to the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Wartman's Funeral Home.