Pay Respects to William Davidson
March 17, 2009
More than 3,000 people attended the funeral of William Davidson,
owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based
Guardian Industries, this afternoon (CLICK
HERE for related story). The service was held at Congregation
Shaarey Zedek, of which Davidson was a lifetime member and former
Among those individuals paying their respects were David Stern,
commissioner of the NBA; former Pistons Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn,
Bill Laimbeer and Dave Bing; Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel; and former
Michigan Governor John Engler. Employees from Guardian Industries
filled the building and also videotaped the funeral to provide closure
for employees at Guardian facilities around the world.
Davidson's son Ethan Davidson, son-in-law Jonathan Aaron and Russ
Ebeid, president of Guardian Glass, stepped before the crowd to
deliver their reflections, both humorous and poignant, on their
time with Davidson. The eulogy was delivered by Rabbi Joseph H.
Krakoff, who talked about Davidson as "a man of modesty and
a man of integrity and vision." Krakoff added,
"He was fearless, secure, and he never worried. There were
no obstacles for William Davidson."
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