Jack Ward

Grandson of Coney Island Developer William J. Ward

Jack Ward
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Jack Ward recounts his family’s long history in Coney Island. He begins with his great grandfather John Ward's purchase of beachfront property at 12th Street and Surf Avenue in 1879 and continues through his grandfather William J. Ward's participation in the development of the Half Moon Hotel and the Wonder Wheel. Jack’s grandfather, William J. Ward, was president of the Bank of Coney Island and a founding member of the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce. William J. Ward was inducted into the Coney Island Hall of Fame in 2008. http://www.coneyislandhistory.org/hall-of-fame/william-j-ward

Jack Ward passed away on September 3, 2010 at age 66.