Reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.

Flags are flying at half-staff at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich. Photo credit: Ursula Zerilli

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

"Mr. Ford had a profound impact on Ford Motor Company. The company extends its deepest sympathies to the many members of the extended Ford family at this difficult time. While we mourn Mr. Ford’s death, we also are grateful for his many contributions to the company and the auto industry.” -- Ford CEO Alan Mulally

"We lost William Clay Ford today, a patriarch of the Ford family, someone who obviously has meant so much to Detroit, the automobile business on a worldwide basis and certainly to the Big Three." -- Roger Penske

"I lost a dear friend today. This giant of a man did great good for Michigan, its workers, its industry and its economy. The Lord will receive him kindly and I pray He will give his family strength and comfort. His good works will remind us of him for generations to come.” -- U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

"The Fords are among Michigan’s iconic, founding families, and he was an innovator in the family tradition as well as a strong leader. Like his grandfather, he was passionate about automobiles and the auto industry, the city of Detroit and his family. He embodied the resilience, ingenuity and leadership that brought Ford Motor Co. and Detroit great success, and sustained both through tough times.” -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

"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."  -- Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

"His vision and leadership helped create the unique relationship that exists between the Ford family and our UAW Ford members. This relationship is a critical factor in the success and long term viability of Ford Motor Company.” -- UAW President Bob King

"For five decades, Mr. Ford's passion for the Lions, Detroit, and the NFL was the foundation of one of the NFL’s historic franchises. As an NFL owner, Mr. Ford helped bring the NFL through enormous periods of change and growth, always guided by his commitment to what was best for the NFL and his beloved Lions. All of us in the NFL extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Ford's wife Martha, Bill Ford, Jr. and the entire Ford family." -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

"His role and the role of the Ford family and the Lions in bringing the Super Bowl (to Detroit) was a real sea change for us as a community. In many ways, it set us up for the success we have now.” -- Matt Cullen, COO of Rock Ventures

Compiled from Crain's Detroit Business, the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and The Associated Press.

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