Described by friends as humble and a “tender conscience,” State Representative Clay Ford of Gulf Breeze, has died of cancer at age 74.
A compilation of reactions and statements on the passing of Rep. Ford:
Governor Rick Scott:
“Ann and I were sad to hear the news of the passing of Representative Clay Ford. Our sincere condolences go to his family and to all of those in the Legislature that served with him. Clay cared deeply for his constituents and it showed during his work in Tallahassee.”
Speaker Will Weatherford:
“It is with great sadness that I inform you of the loss of one of our family members and dear friend, Representative Clay Ford. The consummate gentleman of the House, Clay Ford was a friend, a mentor, and a tender conscience to all those who served with him. Last night, Clay lost his brave fight with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Carol, his three sons David, Doug, and Clay, and his nine grandchildren.
For those who know Clay, you will not be surprised by his request that we not mourn him with ceremony and fanfare, but that we would allow his family to grieve privately. We will work to honor his wishes, while also providing you with details that would be in keeping with their wishes.
In the meantime, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We all know how painful and significant the loss of this genuinely good man will be to all of us.”
Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli:
“Kristen and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Representative Clay Ford. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carol and the rest of his family. Clay was a man of the highest integrity and was deeply committed to his family, community, and nation, all of which he served with distinction and honor.
“Clay was a great friend and someone I could always look to for guidance. It’s been an honor to serve alongside such a great man in the Florida House, and Clay will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Majority Leader Steve Precourt:
“I am saddened by the passing of my friend, Representative Clay Ford and feel blessed in having known him. I acknowledge that he is in heaven with our Savior and no longer burdened by worldly illnesses or pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. May they find peace and comfort in celebrating Clay’s life. He was a tireless and selfless servant to the people of Florida, who made a difference for the better, and will be sorely missed.”
Representative Jose Felix Diaz:
“I was deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of our Chairman, Representative Clay Ford. Clay was an honorable man who dedicated many years of his life to serving our great state and our country. I greatly admired and respected Clay’s strong principles, unwavering integrity and the passion with which he continually fought for the best interest of Floridians. It was a privilege to serve with him in the Florida House and as his Vice Chairman on this committee. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends during this difficult time. I know he will be missed by all those who knew him and those who he served.”
Representative Alan Williams:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend and colleague, Representative Clay Ford. As state representatives from North Florida and as colleagues on the House Energy & Utilities subcommittee, Clay and I were drawn to one another early in our legislative careers and maintained a strong friendship that transcended politics. Clay had the charm of a Southern gentleman that I greatly appreciated when we faced tough and complex issues. Today, my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carol and the rest of Clay’s family. Clay will be greatly missed.”