April 3, 1916 – May 5, 2013

Sidney Albrecht, founder of Reliable Propane Corp., died Sunday in his Clarence Center home. He was 97.

Born in Pigeon, Mich., Mr. Albrecht was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. After his discharge, he worked at Harrison Radiator in Lockport until starting his own business.

In 1945, Mr. Albrecht founded Reliable Bottled Gas Co., which is now known as Reliable Propane. He operated the company for 33 years until selling it to his son Kenneth in 1978.

A member of Clarence Center United Methodist Church, Mr. Albrecht sang in the choir for many years, attended the Tuesday morning Men’s Bible Study and served on the Missions Committee.

He and his companion, Lois Stegner, faithfully visited church members who were shut-ins, in the hospital or in nursing homes. They also enjoyed attending church dinners, musical performances and traveling around the region.

Mr. Albrecht also enjoyed playing golf and, until the week before his death, worked out six days a week at a local health club.

His wife, Frances Beakman Albrecht, died in 1986.

Survivors include another son, Kevin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Clarence Center United Methodist Church, 9750 Clarence Center Road.