- 83 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 12, 1932
- Date of passing: Mar 31, 2015
|Let the memory of John be with us forever|
Memorial Service for Major John Henry Ford
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA)
10680 NW 25 Street, Doral, Florida 33172
It is with deep sadness and a profound sense of grief that the MDPD announces the passing of retired Major John Henry Ford, 83, father to Marlene, Robin, Sean, and Shannon. Major Ford's son-in-law is Airport District Officer Ramon Quintana.
Major Ford was well respected among his peers and the community.We ask that you keep the Ford family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Anyone who knew Major Ford knows he loved working for the then Metro-Dade Police Department. So, family and friends are getting together to honor his life.
Please join us at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), 10680 NW 25 Street, Doral, Florida, to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest. If you cannot attend his memorial in person, but have photos of Major Ford and/or stories you would like to share with the family, an online memorial has been set up at http://johnhenryford.com. Your contributions to his memory are welcomed by the family.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations in his memory be made to the Police Officer Assistance Trust. For more information on the POAT, visit http://poat.org/
Donations can be made online at the following address: https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?cid=12628
"Missing you Dad...Today and Everyday...You are my hero, my friend, my mentor and most of all my Loving Father. I know I will see you again in heaven and we will once again talk and laugh and laugh and laugh. Forever your Loving Daughter, Marlene XOXO"
"I met John, when I was discharged from the Marine Corps. He was a great mentor for many of us, and guided me in my young police years. Although I did not work for then Metro Dade, I was in constant touch with him.
When I became a Police Chief, he's sense of direction was helpful for me, through all the politics.
I saw John in Key Largo,where is was living back in 2000 and enjoyed our afternoon together. He was a warm and kind human being,and surely has gone to heaven.
Stay well my old friend, I hope to see you when I pass to the otherw side.
Chief Thomas Matteo"
"Major Ford was a very special person in so many ways and he will be missed by many. I have never met a more outgoing, funloving person with a zest for life that most of us envy. He truly lived life to its fullest! It was such a pleasure to have worked with him and known him.
May God keep your family strong during this difficult time.
"To the family of Major Ford: Many blessings and prayers during this difficult time. Major Ford paved the way for many in our Police Department and will always be highly respected. I thank him for his service and you for supporting him. Godspeed to all and may he rest in peace. Juan Perez, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade Police Department"
"Saying goodbye to the first man I have ever loved. My Dad. There are no words to describe the feeling of loss. I will always remember you taking me for rides on your Harley as a child. Times shared on the boat and at the horse ranch. You were always larger than life and I can't believe you are gone. Life will never be the same without you. I Love you so much."
"When I learned of John's passing, without pause, I immediately said: they don't make them like John Henry anymore. And, while I can say so much more on how incredible he was, I think i'll leave it as just that.-"they don't make them like John Henry anymore".
Dear John: Rest in peace, and on behalf of the entire PBA membership "thank you" for all that you have done...
"Shannon, Sean, and Carol
I met John Ford at Shannon's wedding. He was such a "proud" father. I can see he was a gentle and loving man who admired his family tremendously. May God ease your pain and let it set into joyous memories which you will cherish until that day you will see each other again. May he RIP until then and please know that I am thinking of you and pray God will ease your pain. ..Sincerely your friend, Linda"
"Wow! I was saddened upon hearing of his passing and I'm sorry I missed his memorial yesterday. I met Major Ford when I first came on the department as I worked for him as a gopher at the training bureau. I was fortunate enough to have the opprotunity to work with him again at the Airport District as his Administrative Officer. He was such a great person who valued and loved his family. He was a great Major too! My thoughts and prayers are with you guys now. May you forever cherish your memories and time with him. God's blessings"
"To Shannon and Ray, Sean and Diana, Robin, Marlene and Carol..my heartfelt condolences. John was always very nice to me, and put up with Carol's and my insanity with the animals, our families, etc. Have good memories of spending holiday dinners together, of horse shows together and many many hours at the house. Sending big hugs to all of you. The pain will never truly pass, but in time it eases and the memories last forever."
"To the family and close friends of Major John Henry Ford---I had the honor of working for and with John Henry during his entire dedicated career with the Miami-Dade Police Department . He will always be remembered as an out-going ,sincere . and a true and trusting friend to many who respected him as a confident police administrator, and a caring person .--Sincerely , Irving Heller , retired Assistant Director , Miami- Dade Police Dept."
"This will be the hardest thing I have ever written. On the evening of March 31, 2015, just before Midnight, my father passed away. For those of you who really know me, you know that he and I were extremely close. Nine years ago, I was graduating law school, and ready to set out on new adventures in my life. My father was retired, and living up retirement in the Florida Keys as only he could.
A mild heart attack back then changed both of our paths forever. He came to live with me so I could care for him and I chose to remain in the IT and Marketing fields as they gave me the flexibility to be with him more than being an attorney ever would. Numerous complications throughout the years turned what we both thought would be a temporary situation into a permanent one. There were times in my life that I resented him for this, but recently I began to look back on how close we had become, how my new path led me to meet my wife, Diana Ford, how much she made it easier on me to care for him, and how much he recognized and loved her for that.
I take comfort in the fact that while not every day for him lately was a good one, his last one was the best one he had in quite some time. He spent the day smiling, talking, eating, etc. and that his passing was quick and painless.
I already miss him more than I ever thought I would, and it's barely been a few hours since he passed. He once apologized to me for having to take care of him. Dad, it was my pleasure. I wish I was still doing it today.
I love you. Rest In Peace."
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