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In Memorium

On August 9, 2018, Ernest Grunwald, co-founder of Belair Time Corporation and loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 104. Ernest was born in Bielefeld, Germany to Albert and Bertha Grünewald.

Ernest attended Bonn University, but was forced to discontinue his studies in 1933 when Hitler expelled all Jewish students. He relocated to Italy where he studied Italian and later medicine at the University of Pisa. In 1938, Ernest fled to Switzerland and was finally able to immigrate to America in 1941.

In 1943, Ernest was drafted into the US Army Air Corps and served in North Africa and Italy. He became a naturalized citizen during the war. On January 12, 1946, Ernest married Ilse Kalberman and joined the small family watch business, the J. Kalberman Co. Ernest’s flair and language skills (he was fluent in English, French, German, and Italian) served him well and the business grew and flourished, eventually becoming the official US distributor for both Enicar and Cyma watches and clocks. In 1962, they opened a watch movement assembly plant, Belair Time Corp., in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1974, his son Alan joined the business which later relocated to Lakewood NJ in 1989 where it remains today. Ernest had a passion for people and was loved by employees, suppliers, and customers alike. He had an infectious smile that truly could light up a room.

Ernest was predeceased by his wife Ilse, his brother Fred, and his sister Anneliese. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Eric Moskowitz of Wooster OH; his son and daughter-in-law Alan and Joan Grunwald of Morganville NJ; and his grandchildren David, Rachel, Kara & Daniel Moskowitz and Jason, Adrienne & Nolan Grunwald.