Thursday 23 October 2014

Cinema chain boss Ward is laid to rest

Published 01/02/2013 | 05:00

CINEMA mogul Leo Ward has been laid to rest in Shanganagh Cemetery in Dublin.

The cinema chain boss, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday aged 94, was the co-founder of the Dublin Cinema Group.

Thousands of cinema staff joined friends and family for the funeral at the Church of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus.

Born in Fairview in 1919, Mr Ward had grown up playing football for Drumcondra before getting the call for Manchester City.

But his football contract was cancelled with the start of World War Two – when he returned to Dublin to set up distribution business Abbey Films with his half-brother Kevin Anderson.

They bought their first cinema in Lucan in 1955, and went on to purchase a chain of cinemas, including the Savoy in O'Connell Street in 1983, which Mr Ward once described as "the number one screen" and "one of the best cinemas in Great Britain and Ireland".

Mr Ward was predeceased by his wife, Vera. He is survived by his three children, Carol, Paul and Jean, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Irish Independent

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