Harry Knowles Jr.
1924 - 2021
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.
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Class act all the way I tended bar at the manor in the 80´s and loved when he sat at the bar before dinner! He was exciting just to be around !
Stephen Millar
October 15, 2021
Jeanne Knowles
October 14, 2021
My sincere condolences to Wade, Kurt and all the Knowles family on the loss of their father and grandfather who left behind an enduring legacy as Host/Restauranteur in New Jersey. Gertrude Kiernan was part of the "decorative" years of the Manor and my husband, Max, and I hosted Doris and Harry Knowles at the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt Germany. May he rest in peace. Maryan Herr
Maryan Kiernan Herr
October 13, 2021
He was a wonderful man, an even better Boss, and like a father to me. He gave me so much wisdom in business and personal ways and treated me like a family member, and so did his beautiful wife. I´ve been honored and humbled to have worked with them and the family for 28 years. I will remember his quick wit, and her sassiness all the days of my life. My deepest condolences go out to the entire family.
Barbara Loria
October 9, 2021
My most sincerest condolences on the loss of your Dad. I never met him personally but my fondest memories were spent at The Manor, Rams Head Inn and Pleasantdale Chateau. The best wedding I ever went to. I always went there on special occasions. Such class establishments. I will remember your Mom and Dad in my prayers. Sincerely, Kathy
kathleen ann oneill
October 9, 2021
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