As many of you have probably already heard, William Clay Ford Sr., the last living grandchild of the company founder, Henry Ford, passed away this past Sunday at the age of 88 from pneumonia.
William joined the board of directors in 1948, before he even graduated from college. He has held a position as chairman of the executive committee, vice chairman of the Board of Directors, and a chairman on the design committee, during his 57 years with the company. It is said that he had such an eye for design that he has actually picked out design flaws causing asymmetry that has only been off by an inch.
William Ford Jr., the current executive chairman of the company said “My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community. He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all.”
At Sanderson Ford, we were saddened by this news and our thoughts go out to the family! He will be greatly missed!