William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away at 88

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were deeply saddened when we heard the news a few days ago that William Clay Ford Sr., the last living grandchild of the company founder, Henry Ford, passed away this past Sunday after fighting off a bout of pneumonia.

William served in many positions at the company over his 57 years as an employee, with his first position being elected to the Board of Directors in 1948, before he even graduated from Yale University in 1949.  Nine years later, he was elected chairman of the Design Committee, which he went on to hold that position for the next 32 years.  His eye for design and influential manner helped play a huge role in shaping the company into what it is today.

William Clay Ford Jr. had nothing but the highest regard for his father.  “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,” he said.

Ford was a huge inspiration to the company and he will be greatly missed by all.

William Clay Ford Sr.