Reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.

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Automotive News
March 10, 2014 – 10:55 am ET

Here is a compilation of reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.:

“Mr. Ford had a profound effect on Ford Motor Business. The organization extends its deepest sympathies to the a lot of members of the extended Ford household at this tough time. Although we mourn Mr. Ford’s death, we also are grateful for his numerous contributions to the company and the auto business.” — Ford CEO Alan Mulally

“We misplaced William Clay Ford these days, a patriarch of the Ford family, an individual who clearly has meant so much to Detroit, the automobile company on a throughout the world basis and undoubtedly to the Big 3.” — Roger Penske

“I misplaced a dear friend these days. This giant of a guy did excellent great for Michigan, its staff, its business and its economic climate. The Lord will receive him kindly and I pray He will give his loved ones power and comfort. His excellent performs will remind us of him for generations to come.” — U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

“The Fords are between Michigan’s iconic, founding families, and he was an innovator in the household tradition as effectively as a strong leader. Like his grandfather, he was passionate about automobiles and the car sector, the city of Detroit and his family members. He embodied the resilience, ingenuity and leadership that brought Ford Motor Co. and Detroit excellent achievement, and sustained the 2 through challenging occasions.” — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

“Not only was Mr. Ford a titan in our enterprise local community, he has been 1 of Detroit’s best supporters and philanthropists. His commitment to the city was in no way more evident than it was with his determination to move the Detroit Lions back downtown to the stadium that bears his family’s identify. That vote of self-confidence in Detroit was an essential piece of the redevelopment of downtown that has considering that taken area.”  — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

“His vision and leadership helped develop the special romantic relationship that exists in between the Ford loved ones and our UAW Ford members. This partnership is a crucial issue in the success and long phrase viability of Ford Motor Firm.” — UAW President Bob King

“For 5 decades, Mr. Ford’;s passion for the Lions, Detroit, and the NFL was the basis of one of the NFL’s historic franchises. As an NFL owner, Mr. Ford assisted bring the NFL by means of tremendous periods of alter and development, usually guided by his dedication to what was best for the NFL and his beloved Lions. All of us in the NFL lengthen our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Ford’;s wife Martha, Bill Ford, Jr. and the entire Ford loved ones.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

“His role and the part of the Ford household and the Lions in bringing the Super Bowl (to Detroit) was a actual sea adjust for us as a neighborhood. In many approaches, it set us up for the good results we have now.” — Matt Cullen, COO of Rock Ventures

Compiled from Crain’;s Detroit Enterprise, the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and The Associated Press.

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