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John Kenan Price, builder, WJJL Radio part-owner June 28, 1929 -- Jan. 9, 2007

John "Jack" Kenan Price, a developer and part-owner of WJJL Radio in Niagara Falls, died Tuesday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Price attended DeVeaux School in Niagara Falls. He earned a bachelor's and then a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University.

After graduating, Mr. Price remained in California and sold real estate before returning to Niagara Falls in 1955 to begin working in land development with his father-in-law.

In 1960, Mr. Price founded Price Development Corp. in Lewiston, a general contractor of custom homes, which he operated until his retirement in 1985. Among the projects he developed was the Villa Maria Apartments on Main Street in Youngstown.

Mr. Price was also a part-owner of WJJL Radio and was a founding member of Niagara Frontier Cable, an early cable television company in Niagara Falls.

He was a member and served on the Vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Niagara Falls. Mr. Price also served on the boards of both Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He was a member of the Niagara Club, the Niagara Falls Country Club and the Niagara Falls Rotary Club.

His wife, the former Lois Woodward, died in 2006.

He is survived by a daughter, Wendy Ann Price of Hudson, Ohio; a son, John W. of Kittery, Maine; and a sister, Sarah Pruden of Sausalito, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston.


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