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State Representative Clay Ford dies

Rep. Clay Ford, R-Gulf Breeze, died on Monday, after a battle with cancer, House Speaker Will Weatherford announced Tuesday.

Weatherford, Gov. Rick Scott, Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli and House Minority Leader Perry Thurston expressed their condolences in statements on Tuesday.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel:

“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.” 

 Gov. 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.”

House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale:

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Clay Ford. My thoughts and prayers are with Representative Ford’s family at this time. His public service on behalf of Floridians is commendable and he will be remembered for his work on behalf of our great state. He will be missed.”

Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island:

“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."



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Susan Payne

I'm so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of this incredible man. I met Clay and his lovely wife on several occasions at our WSRE TV station and was instantly impressed with his demeanor, personality and warmth. He will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to his wife and family during these sorrowful times.

Loved him

This truly saddens me. He was a Statesman in a legislative body where it is increasingly hard to find them. A true gentleman and wonderful person.

mark landreth

God doesn't make them any better than Clay Ford. He put himself through school, then through law school while working for the phone company. Then, he was able to be elected in Arkansas as a D and in Florida as an R. But particularly impressive was the fact he completed Army parachute training in his 40's, nearly a decade beyond the Army's imposed age limit. While all that is enough to make most people proud of their own accomplishments, he never stopped talking about the loves of his life, Carol and their three sons. He was all about family, service to our country and to our state. He will be missed even more in the future than he is now.

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