Philadelphia, June 19, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement on the passing of Comcast founder, Ralph J. Roberts:
“Ralph Roberts was a consummate gentleman, kind and gentle husband and father, and a great business leader. Our city has lost a wonderful champion with his passing.
“I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to get to know him over the past decade, and I learned many lessons from his quiet, yet direct perspectives on business and engaging with people. His entrepreneurial spirit reflects the spirit of innovation that has been the hallmark of Philadelphia for centuries. Ralph Roberts created Comcast, and the giant of a company that it is today, through his steadfast commitment to creating a family-type business environment, and through his inspired leadership. Typical of his leadership style, he encouraged his son Brian and other talented professionals like David L. Cohen to take on senior positions within the company. It is often said that a man is not known by what he does for himself, but by what he does for others. Asking his son and others to step-up and become leaders within Comcast exemplifies the type of man he truly was.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Suzanne, his son Brian and his wife, Aileen, his daughter Lisa and her husband, David Seltzer, all of the Roberts’ children and grandchildren, and the entire Comcast family. Ralph Roberts has left a lasting legacy on his company and our great city, and it will endure for generations. He will be truly missed.”