Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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William Clay Ford | Detroit Lions owner, 88

William Clay Ford, 88, the owner of the Detroit Lions and last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, has died in Detroit.

Ford Motor Co. said in a statement Sunday that Mr. Ford died of pneumonia at his home. Mr. Ford help steer the family business for more than five decades. He bought one of his own, the NFL franchise in the Motor City, a half-century ago.

He served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history.

"My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community," William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and Lions vice chairman, said.

Mr. Ford was regarded as a dignified man by the select few who seemed to know him well. To the masses in Detroit, he was simply the owner of the Lions who struggled to achieve success on the field despite showing his passion for winning by spending money on free agents, coaches, executives and facilities.

Mr. Ford's first full season leading the Lions was in 1964, seven years after the franchise won the NFL title. - AP

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