Sir Jack Hayward, Kt. O.B.E.

Sir Jack Hayward was born in Wolverhampton, England on 14th June 1923, the only child of Sir Charles and Hilda Hayward. His father was a leading industrialist in Great Britain and the family moved to London when Sir Jack was a young child. After completing his education at Stowe School, Sir Jack volunteered for the Royal Air Force, receiving his flight training in Clewiston, Florida. After earning his "wings" and being commissioned as an officer, he flew missions over India and Burma during World War II.

The Hayward family was Mr. Wallace Groves' first partner in the founding of Freeport. Sir Jack first arrived on Grand Bahama in 1956 when he became a Vice President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Group of Companies and helped promote Freeport in its early days. Living in a tiny house close to what is today Freeport Harbour, Sir Jack was very much a part of the "pioneer spirit" that marked the "early days of Freeport."

The Late Mr. Edward St. George, Sir Jack Hayward.

Twenty years later, together with the late Edward St. George, Sir Jack took over the management of the Port Authority Group of Companies. In August 1978 they bought Mr. Groves' complete shareholding and subsequently bought out the other shareholders. Sir Jack is now 75% owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Group of Companies.

Royal Visit to Freeport, March 1994:
Former Prime Minister Ingraham, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Jack Hayward.

Knighted in 1986, Sir Jack has always been fiercely patriotic to the country of his birth, known affectionately in England as "Union Jack" Hayward. In March of 1996 HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were entertained for lunch by Sir Jack and Frances Hayward at the Hayward home. It was an historic and illustrious affair attended by over two hundred people, which included then Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham.

Sir Jack continues to be very much involved in all phases of Freeport life. He is Honorary Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Patron of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (along with Frances Singer-Hayward) as well as an honorary member of the Freeport Rotary Club and a life member of both the Bahamas National Trust and Freeport Rugby Football Club. He started the YMCA in Freeport and continues to be very involved in its activities as well as the running of the Sir Charles Hayward Library, named after his father.

Sir Jack Hayward and Frances Singer-Hayward attend Edward St. George's funeral in Freeport, where Sir Jack was one of the speakers.

Having a keen interest in amateur dramatics, Sir Jack is the only founding member of the Freeport Players Guild still on the Island, and has been president of the Guild five times during its history. Along with the late Peter Aston, and the late Fiona Rushton, Sir Jack starred in many of the Players Guild productions, some of which became quite "legendary" in the annals of Freeport history. The annual "Christmas Pantomime" was always the high point of the Christmas Season.

More recently, Sir Jack has become passionately involved in English football having become owner of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club in Wolverhampton, England. In 2003 he brought the team to glory, propelling them into The Premier League, a long, sought after dream.

Jack Hayward High School is a source of great pride and joy to Sir Jack, and he, along with Frances Singer-Hayward take their role as School Patrons very seriously, actively following and being involved in all phases of school life.

Sir Jack Hayward is the father of three grown children, Susan Heath, Richard (Rick), and Jonathan. He has ten grandchildren, aged from 6 to 24.

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Sir Jack with his then young grandchildren aboard Jamaica Bay, December 1987. Son Richard (Rick) Hayward, Sir Jack Hayward. Daughter Susan Heath with Sir Jack.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club with owner Sir Jack Hayward.