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Friday, March 8, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Meet J. Kenneth Leap

Reimagine Runnemede meets on the 3rd Thursday of the Month at Leap's The Painted Window Stained Glass Studio at 109N Black Horse Pike in Runnemede

Why " Leap's"
J. Kenneth Leap
Heres a link to my CV

I'm on the Runnemede Planning Board

These were my parents Bill & Clare

My Dad loved canoeing in the NJ Pinelands

He wrote the History of Runnemede

He had his sign business in Runnemede for 26 years beginning on 6 West Second Avenue and then at 45 Lindsay Avenue

He attended Audubon Highschool and played football

When I was born he lettered "It's a Boy!" on his truck
He worked for my Grandfather at the family store on the corner of 2nd Ave and the Black Horse Pike in Runnemede

Both he and my grandfather kept horses at Sleeters, in Blackwood
Here is my Dad and my Grandfather, Jack

Another picture of my Dad and my Grandfather

My Dad served in the Korean War

He was stationed at Fort Dix in NJ

Here is some family history my Dad wrote about himself

These were my Grandparents, Jack and Ella Leap
This was their first grocery store at 121 North Black Horse Pike in Runnemede it opened in 1938
This was my Grandparents new grocery store on the corner of 2nd Avenue and the Black Horse Pike

When it opened in 1946 it was heralded as "The Most Modern Grocery Store in NJ" 

It was said to be the first store in the nation to use continuous fluorescent lighting placed end to end

My Grandfather was a prominent public figure in Runnemede

1 comment:

  1. Excellent Post Ken. Love All of your Work and I can see that you come from a great family. You have a lot to be proud of !