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is mr konrad engehart still alive and well, he was the greatest inverurie owner ever, hope he is well.

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"...Former hotelier Conrad Engelhardt dies.."

(from: Royal Gazette--By Tania Theriault Published Dec 31, 2001 at 12:01 am (Updated Feb 4, 2011 at 9:39 am)

Bermuda lost one of its best known hoteliers of the "golden age of tourism" yesterday when Conrad Engelhardt passed away at the age of 84.

Mr. Engelhardt was the general manager of the Inverurie Hotel - later the Palm Reefs - on Harbour Road for 38 years and remained an outspoken observer and critic of Island tourism throughout his later years.

Bermuda lost one of its best known hoteliers of the "golden age of tourism" yesterday when Conrad Engelhardt passed away at the age of 84.

Mr. Engelhardt was the general manager of the Inverurie Hotel - later the Palm Reefs - on Harbour Road for 38 years and remained an outspoken observer and critic of Island tourism throughout his later years.

Last night, Mr. Engelhardt's daughter, Joann Johnston, remembered her father as a "strong and persistent" man.

"He was a very goal-oriented businessman," she said.

As a child Ms Johnston recalled, her family lived in the Inverurie Hotel for six months each year because the business was the centre of the family's lives.

"We lived in the hotel for six months and then, when it got busy in the summer, we moved out," she said.

Long-time family friend Pat Siddle also recalled Mr. Engelhardt's dedication to his family and his business.

"Despite his somewhat gruff outer appearance, he was a very kind-hearted man," said Ms Siddle. "He was always very generous with his hospitality."

Born in New York in 1917, Mr. Engelhardt was granted Bermudian status in 1969.

"He was always very proud to say that you needed six sponsors for status at the time and his six were all Sir somethings," said Ms Johnston last night.

Among the notable Bermudians who supported the hotelier's bid for status were Sir Harry Butterfield, Sir Henry Vesey, Sir James Pearman, Sir Henry Tucker and Sir Howard Trott.

Mr. Engelhardt was a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and last night his daughter said that institution was always dear to his heart.

He was known to have kept in close touch with the school's Class of '42 and even offered discount rates at the hotel to Cornell alumni during the slow season.

Ms Johnston said her father was very torn when he sold the Inverurie.

Despite battling for many years for lower airfares to the Island, he was unable to get sufficient numbers to support the hotel and decided he had to sell in 1989.

The hotel was run as a guest house under the name Palm Reef until 1997 when it closed its doors for good.

The property on Harbour Road is now being developed as a condo complex.

Mr. Engelhardt was a member of the Mid-Ocean Club, the Coral Beach Club and SKAL, a hospitality industry association. He enjoyed tennis and stamp collecting but was not content to simply loll away his retirement.

In recent years, his daughter said he'd turned his considerable energies to developing another Island property.

Mr. Engelhardt had been working on a deal to develop Christian Bay on the South Shore near the Reefs hotel.

Last night, Ms Johnston said the deal was very close to settlement and she and her mother hope to see that dream of her father's to completion.

In 1998, Mr. Engelhardt's work in Island tourism was honoured with an Award of Excellence from the Bermuda Hotel Association.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Anne, his daughter Joann, and two grandchildren, Emily and Arthur - who knew him best as "PopPop".

A memorial date for Mr. Engelhardt will be announced at a later time.

The family are asking that any donations be sent to the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 14850..."

As an aside, Mr. Engelhardt's plan to develop the property on Christian Bay as the ' Christian Bay Beach Club', came to fruition of a sort in 2009, by another Cornell Hotel School alum, David Dodwell, who purchased the Christian Bay property and redeveloped it as part of the adjacent Reefs Hotel property, as fractional-ownership condos--The Reefs Club--

royalgazette.com/article/…310199986

Edited: 12:22 pm, February 11, 2012
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For what it's worth...the old INVERURIE HOTEL closed in 1990...sold off the 'new' wing across Harbour Road as resident housing/apartments...then re-openned the main, harbourfront hotel property as the 'downsized' PALM REEFS HOTEL. The Palm Reef continued to operate until November, 1997 when it too closed, was sold and redeveloped as the WHARF EXECUTIVE SUITES HOTEL-- http://www.wharfexecutivesuites.com/ --in July, 2002....a combination of private-residence condos and hotel business suites.

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Does anyone remember the maitre d' at the Inverurie restaurant, Valerio? Is he still on the island?

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Sorry...don't remember Valerio.....but I do recall the great BBQ Buffet they did on Sunday evenings at the old Inverurie....and the row of blue lights along the top of the seawall that identified the Inverurie from across Hamilton Harbour at night.

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thank you.

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Do you know what his surname is?

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No, I do not.

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For what it's worth to you, the owner of the FREEPORT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT-- http://freeportseafood.com/ --out near the entrance to the Dockyard complex is named: VALERIO AUSENDA (Valerio ain't exactly a common name in Bermuda) and his wife, Katrhie. He's evidently been in the restaurant business in Bermuda for decades. Before purchasing Freeport, he was maitre'd/restaurants manager at Grotto Bay...not sure where he may've been prior to that...perhaps at Inverurie. He also owns the WATFORD FERRY GUEST APARTMENTS-- http://www.bermudagetaway.com/indexWF.html

Perhaps 'Senior65' or '23Chase', who've been repeat guest at Watford Ferry Apts, know more of the history ??

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Thank you.

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I don't have any personal knowledge about this except what I've heard from other people, but I did wonder if it was the Valerio I know, that's why I asked if anyone knew the surname of the Inverurie Valerio. It seems likely that they are one and the same, perhaps he or Kathie will see this and respond. Everyone who is interested should go to the Freeport for lunch and see for themselves. I might see you there!!

Edited: 10:23 am, February 14, 2012
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