Myra Kraft, Wife Of Patriots Owner, Dies

Myra and Robert Kraft stand next to a Patriots logo outside their house in Brookline in June 2005. (AP)

Myra and Robert Kraft stand next to a Patriots logo outside their house in Brookline in June 2005. (AP)

BOSTON — Myra Kraft, a noted philanthropist and the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, has died. She was 68.

“Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft,” the Patriots said in a statement Wednesday. “Myra passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. We are all heartbroken. The global philanthropic community and the New England Patriots family have suffered a great loss.”

Myra Kraft served as president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. She also served on the boards of several other charities.

“What she came to love about her family’s role as owners of the Patriots was making a difference in the lives of others,” said ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss, who covers the Patriots.

The Kraft family kept Myra Kraft’s illness very private, but it came through at times during the ongoing NFL labor negotiations.

“Robert Kraft could not attend all of the meetings and part of that was that he was traveling back and forth from wherever the meetings were to be with Myra Kraft,” Reiss said.

Patriots past and present took to Twitter to express their condolences early Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork called Myra Kraft “a wonderful woman who my wife and I loved dearly,” in a tweet.

“We have lost (one) of the greatest women I know (and) hands down the finest in all of sports (with) the passing of Mrs. Myra Kraft,” former Patriots fullback Heath Evans tweeted.

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  • http://twitter.com/flitzy Todd

    Very sad – I always thought she was a wonderful person. I didn’t realize she was sick.

    Condolences to the Kraft family.

  • ANN

    Condolences to the Kraft family.

    Very sad – she was an active person and well liked.  Battled a tough illness.

  • Anonymous

    This really sucks. RIP Mrs. Kraft and may god bless your soul.  They should name all charitable foundations of the patriots after Myra!  Condolences to the entire Kraft and Patriots Family….

  • Judi Vose

    Memories of Myra when she and I were enjoying the many family involvements at our boy’s school and especially one year that we  were co-chairs for an event at Belmont Hill School.  Thinking of who she was brings a smile to my face, but my heart is saddened is hearing of her passing much stoo soon.  She and I created western waggons for this evening that circled the gym and in the center piles of hay bails.  It was a joy to work with her during my son, Greg Donovan’s years at BHS.  Her smile and the beautiful way she went about doing all that she did and how she lived her life will stay with us all.

     I remember Bob standing back and looking at what she had created, when she and I worked together,  and he was  just beaming.  The light between them could be felt across any room.

    My heart goes out to Bob and all the family.

    And,I feel blessed to have known Myra and been witness for seeing and learning about the gifts she left in other’s lives continually.

    My arms are around the entire family.

    Thank you Myra for being the person you were.  A  hero in everyone’s eyes who spent her life passing out loving acts of kindness where ever she went.  You will be missed also by people whom might never even have met you but they knew your heart.

    Judi Vose
    (Mrs. Rober C. Vose III)

  • Tchiulli20

    So sorry for your loss, i know the feeling too well. Will keep you and your family in my prayers,
    I did have the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and was impressed at how caring she
    was with your mother.  Both were really Great ladies.

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