“William Donald Schaefer was an icon and a true Maryland treasure. His tenacity and forceful advocacy on behalf of all Marylanders will forever serve as guidance to me as comptroller. His compassion and steadfast commitment to his community should serve as a role model to all public servants and to all Marylanders, as well.
Whether as mayor, governor or comptroller, William Donald Schaefer was never satisfied with the status quo and always believed government was there to create a climate of opportunity for all citizens. No detail was too small to escape his notice and nothing was beneath him when it came to fulfilling his lifelong goal of ‘Helping People’. His legacy of a thriving Inner Harbor and downtown Baltimore, of a progressive and more compassionate and efficient state government will live on for generations. We all will remember and miss Governor Schaefer. While this is a difficult time for his friends and all Marylanders who loved him and cherish his legacy, we can celebrate a life well lived and over 50 years of unequaled public service.”