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William Clay Ford Sr., Detroit Lions owner dies at 88

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Iconic and legendary, William Clay Ford, Detroit Lions owner and former Ford Motor executive, died Sun., March 9 of pneumonia according to My Fox Detroit.

Ford was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford. Our city has lost a tremendous man whose heart was for the city.

Ford was well loved in Detroit and around the country. He is responsible for Ford Field and the William Clay Ford Center For Athletic Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.

Although the Lions never won a championship, he made a huge impact on the team and coaches.

Wayne Fontes, former Lions coach who left the franchise 16 years ago, spoke kindly about Ford. Fontes especially said, "I will miss the Christmas cards he sent every year...and I would send him one too."

Son of Ford stated, "My father was a great business leader and humanitarian...He was a wonderful family man...He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all. - William Clay Ford, Jr.

According to the Detroit News, Sandy Baruah, President of the Detroit Regional Chamber, who attends the same church as Ford and his wife stated, "He's been a pillar of the Ford family for a long time."

Ford purchased the Detroit Lions in 1963 for $4.5 million and, according to Forbes, is worth $900,000,000 today.

He is survived by wife, Martha Firestone Ford whose father founded Firestone Tire Co.

A private service is being planned for the late William Clay Ford, Sr.

Our hearts and prayers are with the Ford family.

R.I.P. William Clay Ford, Sr.

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