Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the passing of William Ryan Drew:
"Bill was a remarkable man whose legacy will continue to live on."
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Drew. As Milwaukee Commissioner of City Development, Alderman of the 4th District and President of the Milwaukee Common Council, Bill exemplified what it meant to be a civic leader. He was a champion for this city and for the county.
“What I remember most about Bill was that he got things done. He was a powerful attorney who put his plans into action. During his time at the City, downtown Milwaukee saw remarkable growth. Due to Bill’s vision, major projects such as the Grand Avenue, Summerfest and Schlitz Park were made possible. These spaces are vital in our community and I cannot picture a Milwaukee without them.
“Bill was a remarkable man whose legacy will continue to live on. He will be remembered by all for his know-how, dedication and courage. I send my deepest condolences to his wife Mary, family and friends at this time.