Frank M. Folsom ’59

Frank M. Folsom ’59 died on September 30, 2015, in Auburn, Maine.

(The following appeared in the Sun Journal, October 3, 2015):

AUBURN — Frank Martin Folsom of Auburn passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Born in Lynn, Mass. on Jan. 17, 1933, his family soon moved to Auburn where he attended Auburn Schools. He graduated from ELHS in 1951. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, finishing his tour in Alameda, Calif., where he and ELHS classmate, Maxine Bell, who had just graduated from nurses’ training at Central Maine General Hospital, were married. They soon returned to Maine where he attended Bowdoin College.

He left school to support his new family and soon ended up in the family business, The J. H. Gillen Co., which manufactured leather soles for companies such as GH Bass, with his father, from 1960 to 1975.

He and Maxine owned and operated the Village Store in New Gloucester from 1980 to 1984, and Frank then worked as a claims adjuster in the insurance industry and as a residential and commercial real estate agent until his retirement.

Frank and Maxine were very social and enjoyed many longstanding friendships made through the years with groups such as UCT and Martindale C.C., as well as years spent at Sugarloaf, USA and in the Naples, Fla. area. He was an avid golfer, winning club championships at both Fairlawn and Martindale C.C., where he was a lifelong member. In recent years, he shot his age several times.

He is survived by Maxine, his wife of 61 years; his sister, Penny Michaud of Orrs Island and Vail, Colo. and her family; three sons, Steve of Arlington, Mass., Scott of Hope, and Marty of Auburn; their wives; seven grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren. It was when he spent time with them that he was the happiest.

A private, family, graveside service memorialized Frank on Monday morning. He will be greatly missed.

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