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Sir Jack Hayward dies in Florida at 91
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jan 15, 2015 - 11:58:10 AM

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Sir Jack Hayward on his property in Grand Bahama (Photo: DailyMail.Uk article, 2010)

Honourary chairman and co-owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Sir Jack Hayward passed away on January 13th, 2015 at the age of 91. He had been unwell for several months and died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sir Jack helped create the Freeport Players' Guild in 1961. He also helped with the YMCA; Sir Charles Hayward Library; Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club; Grand Bahama Humane Society; Bahamas National Trust (BNT); Regency Theatre; and the Jack Hayward High School.

Sir Jack's last public appearance in The Bahamas was for the opening of the new YMCA tennis facilities in Grand Bahama. He was a avid supporter of sports in the country and gave much to the local soccer and rugby community.  Without him there may not have been a YMCA; the Sir Charles Hayward Library; the Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club; the Grand Bahama Humane Society; the Regency Theatre; and the Jack Hayward High School.

He was also a Kamalamee Honouree.

ir Jack was a colourful, larger-than-life personality who was held in great affection by the Bahamian people and by successive governments of our nation," said the Rt Hon. Perry G. Christie,  Prime Minister of The Bahamas.  "He was widely admired for his candour, warmth, generous philanthropy, and deeply held dual patriotism for his native England and The Bahamas. He was passionately committed to the advancement of Freeport in particular. Through good times and in bad, he remained steadfast in his loyalty to our nation’s second city and never lost faith in its future."

“Sir Jack was a cornerstone in Freeport’s living history and this is a sad day for us all. He was a truly unique man with an epic life and I was privileged to work side by side with him for the last decade, and experience firsthand his determination, bravery, passion and humour. I will miss him immensely," said Sarah St. George, Vice Chairman, Grand Bahama Port Authority in their statement.

Fondly known as 'Union Jack' for his philanthropic work Sir Jack was also the former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC who today released the following statement:

"Wolves would like to extend its deepest and most sincere condolences to Sir Jack’s wife, Lady Hayward, his companion of many years, Patti Bloom, and all his family and friends at home and across the world.

Born close to Molineux, Sir Jack Hayward was a Wolves fan from an early age and his deep affection and passion for all things Wulfrunian and British never faded.  As a young boy, Sir Jack used to crawl under Molineux’s turnstiles to grab a glimpse of his heroes and he retained this passion as a true Wolves supporter throughout his life.

The Bahamas-based multi-millionaire and renowned philanthropist gave huge backing to many good causes over the years.  During Sir Jack’s 17-year ownership of Wolves, his vision and financial backing transformed a decaying Molineux into one of the first, and finest, all-seater stadiums in the Country.

He gave successive managers money to spend on players, before in May 2003, his dream was realised as Wolves at last regained top-flight status, though it proved to be for only one season.

Steve Morgan said: “Wolves are a family and we’re united in mourning at the loss of one of the Club’s, and the City’s, most cherished sons.  Our most sincere condolences go out to Sir Jack’s loved ones at this very sad and difficult time.

“On behalf of everyone connected to Wolverhampton Wanderers: thank you, Sir Jack.  You’ll never be forgotten.
Read full Wolverhampton Statement HERE

In a 2010 DailyMail.Uk article, it was stated his inheritance would go to  charities in The Bahamas. 


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