I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of William Clay Ford, Sr., today. Not only was Mr. Ford a titan in our business community; he has been one of Detroit’s greatest supporters and philanthropists.


His commitment to the city was never more evident than it was with his decision to move the Detroit Lions back downtown to the stadium that bears his family’s name. That vote of confidence in Detroit was an important piece of the redevelopment of downtown that has since taken place.


Mr. Ford’s compassion was equally evident in the many philanthropic causes he supported so generously over the years. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones as they mourn their loss. Mr. Ford's legacy surely will live on through his extraordinary family.  

--Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan