The co-founder of a boardwalk amusement park empire in Wildwood, New Jersey, has died.

 

William “Bill” Morey died Wednesday, the family-owned company announced on Friday. He was 87.

 

Morey and his brother, Will, founded Morey’s Piers in 1969. The company runs three piers in Wildwood — Surfside Pier, Mariner’s Pier and Adventure Pier — that feature more than 100 amusement-park rides. It also owns two beachfront water parks, Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis.

 

Morey, a lifelongresident of Wildwood, is survived by his wife, Dolores, four children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21.