Ed Scharmer was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Rosendale, NY, a small Catskills community, throughout his childhood. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1951. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1952 until 1956, serving aboard destroyers. He later graduated from Michigan State University, with a BS in electrical engineering. He was employed by IBM from 1956 until his retirement in 1989.
He is married to Barbara George (a Saranac Lake native). They have a son, Eric, who lives in Wellesley, MA with his family and a daughter, Lory, who lives with her family in Allentown, PA. They have five grandchildren.
In retirement they moved to Saranac Lake and designed and built their house, a three-year project. Ed has worked on a variety of boards and assisted many non-profit groups on various projects over the years.
He served on the board of Historic Saranac Lake and has continued to assist with the many needs of its restoration of the Saranac Laboratory. He also devoted many hours to building cure chairs to be used as fundraisers.
Ed was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 2004. Ed helps deliver food to the local food pantry twice a month, one of the many unheralded volunteer activities that takes place in Saranac Lake.
Ed continues to work on the ice palace, which he joined in 1993, and was the build committee chairman for 12 years. He is still depended upon for design, layout and block count, maintaining tools, drying gloves, ordering equipment, and is present at the site nearly every day.