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GREENVILLE - Malcolm Lindley "Unc" Folsom died March 3, 2003, in the Folsom Family Home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 11, 1920, son of Malcolm Blanchard Folsom and Madeline Brett Folsom. He was a direct descendant of John Alden. Max was a widely read man who read encyclopedias like others would read the newspaper. "Unc" was the official caretaker of the family camps at Wilson Pond. His most important job was that of CEO of the Wilson Pond Waterworks and no one contested his decisions regarding the water lines. He was fondly referred to as "George Utley". To his dismay it took Max several years to train Darryl and Darryl to operate the water lines. If anyone was in need of maintenance assistance, "Unc" was in command of the situation. As a boy, Max had the same fascination with planes as his brother, Richard Folsom. His interest in planes took him from Greenville High School to Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Okla., in 1938. He served in the U.S. Air Forces in 1943-45. Dick soloed Max in a Fleet biplane they both owned with Andy Stinson. Max was co-owner of the P&M Laundry with Paul Beliveau and was later owner. Max and his wife, Mary Martha, worked side-by-side, cleaning and delivering laundry to businesses and sporting camps throughout Piscataquis County for 22 years. In 1967, Max became a partner in Moosehead Enterprises Cable TV, with Dick Folsom and Earl Richardson, providing cable television to Greenville, Rockwood, Jackman, Strong, and Bingham. Moosehead Enterprises Cable TV was one of the first TV cable systems in Maine. He remained a partner for 17 years. Upon a well-earned retirement, Max and Mary Martha's favorite place was at their Wilson Pond camp. "Unc" loved camp and all the family that visited him. He liked to putter in his flower gardens. He enjoyed his trips to the coast in the fall with his wife. Max could generally be found tinkering and doing woodwork in the cellar of his home when he wasn't at camp, much to Mary's dismay as she claimed he tracked sawdust throughout the house. Uncle Max was a wealth of information with many taking advantage of his carpentry and mechanical knowledge and skills. "Unc" loved his cat, Pumpkin, also known as the "Queen of Wilson Pond" and was saddened by her death this past spring. "Unc" thoroughly enjoyed his party boat, whether floating by himself or taking his relatives on a leisurely ride around the pond, even though they would have liked to have had the throttle full speed! At 4 p.m. everyone knew if they wanted to play cards to meet at "Unc's" with their dollars for "Oh Hell" or Hearts. Family was important to Max and we will all treasure the lessons he taught us. "Unc" will be missed by all. Max was the family historian and caretaker of the belongings of the generations who had occupied his home since 1883. Special appreciation is extended from the family to his hospice nurse, Marcia Walden, and to his two male nurses, Malcolm and Rodney Folsom, and to Linda McEachern. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Martha Trout Folsom in 1997; and his brother, Richard Brett Folsom in 2002.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Folsom McInnis and Joseph McInnis, of Orono; and the following nieces and nephews, Nancy McInnis Houghton of Hampden, Barbara McInnis of Washburn, Janet McInnis of Old Town, Madeline McInnis Currier of Lee, Linda Folsom McEachern, Malcolm Folsom, Rodney Folsom, all of Green-ville, Ellen Folsom Lakeman of Medway, Ann Folsom Hansen, James Folsom, and Helen Folsom Smeaton, all of Dillingham, Alaska. In addition, he is survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews including special great-nieces, Linda and Ann Lakeman, Liane and Laura Currier.

The Family will gather at the Folsom Family Home, Greenville, on Thursday, March 6, 2003, from 2-3 p.m. with friends invited from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Shaw Public Library, P.O. Box 510, Greenville, ME 04441 or Community Health & Counseling Service (Hospice), 14 Summer St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 would be appreciated.

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