Ernest (Cid) Jost, Ph.D., 89, passed away peacefully at home on April 28, surrounded by family. Ernest was born on September 6th, 1928 in El Ferrol, Spain to Pilar (Serrano) Jost and Ernesto Jost. Ernest fled Spain as a young boy during the Spanish Civil War, and settled in Bern Switzerland, where he met his wife of nearly 63 years, Alice (Wirth) Jost. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Bern, and in 1957 he moved his young family (Alice and 2 year old daughter Karin) to the United States to pursue a job opportunity with Metals & Controls and later Texas Instruments. In 1981, he founded his own successful company Chemet, which produced silver powder and flake for electrical contacts. Over his career he was an innovator, and inventor on dozens of patents. In 1997, Ernest sold the company and retired, and pursued his lifelong passion for painting. In 1993 Ernest was named Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Boston, and received the distinction of the Stratton Prize for Cultural Achievement. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Karin, Barbara and Christine, and 6 grandchildren, Elise, Kelsey, Nicholas, Emma, Kylie and Evan and his sister Carmen Bombelli. He was predeceased by his son Michael and his brother Alfredo Jost.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home at the conclusion of visitation at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stony Brook Audubon in Norfolk, MA, where Ernest and Alice spent many a happy hour.