William Clay Ford, Sr. died on Sunday, March 9. He past away at his home in Grosse Point Shores, a suburb of Detroit. According to a March 9 report by Reuters, William Clay Ford, Sr. was the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford.
Ford held many executive positions at Ford throughout his life. He had been the vice president of product design and a member of the Office of the Chief Executive. He had also been the head of the former Continental Division.
William Ford, Sr. graduated from Yale in 1949. That is when he became part of Ford's sales and advertising staff. He was named the company's vice president four years later in 1953.
Henry Ford's grandson worked for Ford for over half of the company's history. He retired in 2005.
William Clay Ford, Sr. was the son of Edsel Ford. He was the brother of Henry Ford, II, known as “Hank the Deuce.” Hank the Deuce past away in 1987.
In addition to his work at the Ford Motor Company, he was also the owner of the Detroit Lions. His grandfather gave William Ford, Sr. his first driving lesson when he was 10. They were going 70 mph when the police officer stopped them. His first airplane ride was with Charles Lindbergh flying a Ford Tri-Motor.
William Clay Ford, Sr. is survived by his wife, Martha Firestone Ford. She is the granddaughter of the founder of Firestone, Harvey Firestone. They were married for 66 years. He is also survived by three daughters, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.