Former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford diesWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford has died, a City of Toledo spokeswoman confirmed.
Ford, 67, who served as mayor from 2002-06, was Toledo’s first African-American mayor.
He was currently an at-large member of Toledo City Council.
Previously, Ford taught at University of Toledo and other area colleges, served on the Toledo Public Schools board and in the Ohio House of Representatives.
In an emailed statement, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson said:
“It is with great sadness that we learn Toledo City Councilman, and former Mayor John Jack Ford has passed away on March 21, 2015. His loss leaves our community as well as his family with great sadness.
“Toledo not only lost a great Councilman, and former Mayor, but a past State Representative, House Minority leader, Council President, dedicated public servant, father, and grandfather. Our City will deeply mourn his loss.
“It is with compassion that we remember Jack Ford passed away doing what he loved, serving the people of this great City. In all his time as a public servant John Jack Ford fought for equality, healthcare, and access to the basic needs for our citizens. We give our hearts and our thoughts to his family and friends during this time.”
Ford is the third Toledo mayor to die this year. John McHugh died Jan. 30 and D. Michael Collins died Feb. 6.
No further information was available at this time.