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New Jersey short-line owner Burenga dies


Nicholas Burenga Jr. died July 15 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., following a brief illness, according to American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's newsletter released July 16. He was 91.

Burenga in the 1940s bought Ringoes Lumber & Feed with his brother Thomas, and in 1964 became involved with Black River & Western Railroad (BRW) when the 17-mile short line made its headquarters adjacent to the feed mill. He eventually became the railroad's chairman and largest shareholder.

Burenga's grandson, Kean Burenga, currently operates BRW as president and general manager.

Burenga is survived by his wife of 61 years, Louanna Chamberlin Burenga; son Kenneth and daughter Janis Burenga Martin; two grandchildren
and two great grandchildren; and brothers Leonard and Thomas. Another son, James Nicholas, died in 1971.

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