Today we have lost one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and most importantly, a kind and humble human being. Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation, died last night of natural causes in Philadelphia. He was 95 years old.
Ralph was so many extraordinary things, but he was first and foremost a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was happily married to his wife Suzanne Roberts for over 70 years. Together, they had five children and eight grandchildren.
We have all learned so much from Ralph, but perhaps the greatest lesson was the way he lived his life. He loved his family deeply and unconditionally. He loved his community, and was involved in civic activities throughout Philadelphia, earning numerous accolades for his contributions. He loved his work and all who worked with him and for him. He understood that professional success went hand-in-hand with generosity, courtesy, integrity and a deep sense of respect for others. He was an icon, a mentor and a friend to so many.
Ralph has been the heart and soul of Comcast since he founded the company in 1963. His core values – integrity, family, hard work and dedication – remain the cornerstone of our business today and are embodied in the great people who work at Comcast. He so enjoyed coming to work every day and his kindness was an inspiration to us all.
We will all miss him so much, but we will continue to lead the company forward the way he would have wanted.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Suzanne and the entire Roberts family.