- Charles 'Gus' Folsom, 85, beloved father, husband, and friend, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, after a sudden illness. Gus was born on June 14, 1932 in Millinocket, Maine, to Lee and Ada Folsom, and was one of thirteen children. Gus graduated from George W. Stearns High School in 1951, Higgins Classical Institute in 1952, and University of Maine in 1956, before spending two years in the Army.
Gus was a lifelong, talented athlete. He played basketball and baseball through high school, Higgins, and at the University of Maine, where he served as a senior captain on both the 1955-1956 men's basketball and the 1956 baseball team. He also was an avid golfer, and every year he could not wait to see green grass because it meant one thing: the start of golf and baseball was near. A member of Waterville Country Club, he relished the opportunity to play. He was also an avid fan of the New York Yankees from his childhood, thanks in part to his first baseball glove featuring the signature of a New York Yankee on the inside.
He had a nearly 40-year career in education which started at Windham High School in Windham, Maine, as head boys basketball coach and teacher, and then he soon joined Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, holding positions as head boys and girls basketball coach, athletic director, and teacher over the next 30 years. While a Stearns Minuteman at heart, he felt tremendous pride in being a Lawrence Bulldog thanks to the many wonderful colleagues, students, and community he knew over the years.
Gus was the recipient of numerous awards honoring his coaching successes, including a 2003 induction to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame; 2015 induction to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and a 2016 induction to the inaugural Lawrence High School Hall of Fame. His most special honor was when Lawrence High School named the gym in his honor: Folsom Gymnasium.
Gus was predeceased by his parents and siblings Bill, Bob, Bud, Cal, Doris, Dot, Flo, Hazel, Jennie, Jimmy, John, and Luggy. He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Eliza; sisters-in-law, Betty Pratt and Judy Marshall; mother-in-law, Betty Marshall; and many special nieces and nephews across Maine and Connecticut.
The family will hold a life celebration at Waterville Country Club, 39 Country Club Road, Oakland, Maine, on Saturday, July 29 from 2-4:00 p.m. A private burial will be held by the family at a later date.
In Gus's memory, donations may be sent to the following organizations: George and Hildred Wentworth Scholarship, c/o Stearns High School, 199 State Street, Millinocket, ME 04462, or the Lawrence High School Alumni Association and Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 277, Waterville, ME 04903.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses from 2 West at Maine General in Augusta for their compassionate and comforting care, and to Dr. William Bennett.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com
Published on  July 21, 2017