The following statement on the death of Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido is attributable to Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 5 – "Mike Guido was a great friend to me and to Ford Motor Company. He personified honor, humility and caring; traits sorely lacking in today's world. He could win over even the harshest critic with his wonderful sense of humor. As mayor of Dearborn, he played a key role in numerous projects that benefited the community and our company, such as the Ford Rouge Center renovation and the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. He did an outstanding job for the people of our hometown, many of whom are Ford employees. The city has lost a great leader and our company has lost a great partner. He had a deep love for Dearborn, which was returned by all whom he touched. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I will miss him greatly."