Obituary: Kenneth C. Buhrmaster

Kenneth C. Buhrmaster, president and CEO of Buhrmaster Energy Group and Shaw Propane, died on Feb. 13. He was 53 years old.

Born on October 20, 1969, in Schenectady NY, he was the son of James and Sandra Buhrmaster. He grew up in Scotia and was a 1987 graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School. He was an alumnus of Utica College of Syracuse University, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Economics & Human Resource Management in 1994.

Ken Buhrmaster

He spent his professional career working for his family businesses. He started at the age of 14 as a shop hand working his way up from sales manager to becoming President/CEO of J.H. Buhrmaster Company, Inc., Buhrmaster Propane, LLC, and Shaw Fuel/Propane. Most recently he was named to the Board of Directors for the Scautab Agency.

He was also dedicated to improving the heating industry as well as his community through his volunteerism. He volunteered for organizations such as the Oil Heat Institute of Eastern, NY, where he was awarded Person of the Year in 2006, was a member of the Town of Ballston Zoning Board of Appeals and Town of Milton Zoning Board Chairman, he served on the board of the New York Propane Gas Association, Empire State Energy Association, and the Upstate New York Energy Association. Recreationally, he was in the Galway Lake Sailing Club, the Boy Scouts, a member of the Scotia-Glenville Elks Lodge #2759, and was a talented lead guitarist in multiple bands, specializing in rock and heavy metal.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathleen; his children, Preston Kenneth, Reagan James and Arden Mae; mother, Sandra, as well as brothers and extended family.

Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, February 20, 2023 at William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373).

A funeral service will be celebrated at 10am on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial will immediately follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable donations be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in Ken’s honor.

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