GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) - Richard "Dick" Folsom, who founded Folsom's Air Service and flew seaplanes over the rugged terrain of the Moosehead Lake region for years, has died at age 83.
Tourists, fishermen, hunters and loggers turned to Folsom
to get them to remote locations long before roads were built on the outskirts of the region.
The bush pilot delivered supplies and mail to outposts along the way, used his
plane for an air ambulance service when needed, and assisted the Maine Forest Service in firefighting activities.Folsom
died Thursday in Greenville.
On Sunday, more than 400 people attended a celebration of Folsom's life at the home of one of his
People recalled a man whose kindness was extended throughout the region.One example: he
always opened up his
hangar for the community's New Year's Eve party free of charge.
Folsom's business catered to everybody, but was especially frequented by the wealthy who needed a lift to and from remote hunting and fishing lodges in the region or to their own exclusive camps.
Skirting trees, dealing with fast-moving storms and thin lake ice were hazards that bush pilots had to deal with, according to Andrew Stinson, who joined Folsom
as a pilot in 1948 and remained until 1956 when he
went to work for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
passenger bailed out into the cold water and managed to get to shore where they warmed themselves in the passenger's camp.
Folsom's love of flying was so rooted in his
home that his
children also embraced it.His
son Max worked with him over the years and purchased the business in 1986 after heart problems sidelined the elder Folsom.