William Clay Ford, Sr. Leaves His Own Legacy

DETROIT, MI – William Clay Ford, Sr. passed away last evening at the age ofWilliam Clay Ford, Sr 88 from pneumonia.  He was the last surviving grandchild of auto pioneer Henry Ford.

He was a former executive at Ford Motor Company and the longtime owner of the Detroit Lions football team.  William Clay Ford, Sr. left his own legacy stamp on the Ford Motor Company with notable executive positions which included vice president of product design, head of the former Continental Division which was very successful under his influence and as a member of the Office of the Chief Executive. His board positions included vice chairman, chairman of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Finance Committee.

Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.  Henry Ford’s son Edsel was William Clay Ford, Sr.’s father.  William Clay Ford, Jr. is currently Executive Chairman to Ford Motor Company.

MIHeadlines.com waited to publish anything about the passing of Mr. Ford.  Mainstream media let the world know of his passing.  We wanted to watch and monitor various social media to see what would be said about him.  Most on social media have been respectful in the passing of Mr. Ford by offering up their condolences to the family and fond memories of what they connect to with him.  Some though have oddly focused on what they perceive as failures when it comes to his ownership of the Detroit Lions and not have respect for the passing of ones life.  Two of the more notable comments came early on which were found on the Chicago Tribune’s article related to the passing of Mr. Ford.

Jeff Berklow

“Ford bought the Lions in 1963 and guided their moves from Tiger Stadium to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975 and to Ford Field in 2002.”

When your greatest accomplishments as an owner are moving the team from one building to another…you weren’t a very good owner. Being a “nice guy” doesn’t win championships and keep fans coming back.

Richard C Hamilton

As an owner, he was a complete failure, winning only three division titles in 40 years and having only 3 double digit win seasons during that period. His teams won only one post season game in 40 years.

There are certain times in life when one should at least make an attempt to rise above the muck in their own lives to be respectful on the passing of another. Such commentary is tasteless and shows the utmost in classless disregard.

William Clay Ford, Sr. was a man of class and integrity.  He had vision in his leadership, some of which we may never understand, but it was all his own.  It was an honor to have met and known you sir.

He would have marked his 89th birthday this Friday.

MIHeadlines.com extends its condolences to the entire Ford family at this time of loss.