Father and grandfather; 'internationally-renowned restaurant and hospitality' entrepreneur; prominent West Orange business owner On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Harry Knowles, Jr. passed away at the age of 97. Born February 13, 1924, he spent his early years in Verona and Montclair, and enjoyed his later life in West Orange. He was a First Lieutenant P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot during WWII who went on to establish an internationally-renowned restaurant and hospitality legacy that began with founding The (Bow & Arrow) Manor of West Orange and grew to include Ram's Head Inn, Highlawn Pavilion, Pleasantdale Chteau, and The Marriott Residence Inn at The Manor. Throughout his many decades of service, he held prominent positions in, and received many of the highest honors from, countless culinary and industry associations and publications. Harry was predeceased by his beloved wife, Doris. He is survived by his two sons, Wade and Kurt, and daughters-in-law, Leslie and Jeanne. He leaves behind a legacy of Knowles grandchildren: Kurt Jr., Keri, Kylee, Devon, Tyler, Lark, Trevor, Austin, Morgan, and Bennett. He was the son of Grace Knowles and Harry Knowles, Sr., a past Chief of the Montclair Police Department. A private gathering of family, friends, and industry colleagues honoring the lives of Harry and Doris Knowles will be held on October 18th at The Manor. Details at themanorrestaurant.com/harryanddoris
. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project
Published by The Star-Ledger from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2021.