FAIRFIELD – David Robert Folsom, of Fairfield, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on May 23, 2021.

He was born in Bangor, Maine, on April 4, 1957, to Patricia and Farnham “Bud” Folsom. David was the oldest of five children in a busy household initially on Highland Avenue and later at 4 Maple Street. The Highland Avenue house was so small that David had to sleep in the attic when people visited. The move to the big house on Maple Street was much needed. David was one of the first campers at Folsom Brothers’ Day Camp, run by his father and uncles on Maranacook Lake. Many Augusta/Winthrop children were picked up by a bus driven by Bud and transported to and from the lake.

David attended Augusta schools and played basketball at both Cony and University of Maine at Farmington. He graduated from Cony in 1975 and went on to earn his B.A. in History from Farmington.

In the 1970s, David drove a limousine for his high school friend, Billy Simpson who owned Tangerine Limousine. He transported many stars including the Grateful Dead and Stevie Nicks to the Augusta Civic Center.

David met the love of his life, Rae, at a Hanson family graduation party in Waterville in 1990. They married Aug. 5, 1995 at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft.

David was involved in athletics throughout his life. He coached freshmen basketball at Cony before he moved to New Hampshire where he taught history and coached varsity basketball at Franklin high school. He returned to Maine and continued to coach varsity basketball at Hall-Dale, junior varsity at Waterville, and junior varsity basketball at Lawrence. David was known as a quiet, appreciative, and positive spectator when watching both his own children play sports and his many nieces and nephews.

David was a wonderful, smart, and kind father. He was Spencer and Molly’s most loyal fan in their many athletic and academic endeavors. David coached Spencer on many baseball and basketball teams as he grew up. He also coached Molly in PAL football and basketball as well as AAU basketball. He continued to enjoy watching her play basketball at U. Maine Farmington.

David was especially proud of Spencer and Molly’s academics. Earlier this month Spencer graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy from Husson University. Molly just finished her junior year at Farmington as a biology major on a pre-med track.

David spent time with all members of his large, extended family. David loved summers on Sebec Lake with the Davis family and the annual Foxcroft Academy Golf tournament; annual brother and cousin football trips following the Crimson Tide schedule to home and away games in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, and Massachusetts; and weekly winter bowling and summer golf with friends and family. David was a quiet, soft spoken man with the Folsom quick wit and dry sense of humor. He was a great husband, dad, brother, uncle, friend and coach who will be deeply missed.

David was working as a fire protector technician for Sprinkler Systems, Incorporated at the time of his death.

David was predeceased by his father, mother and uncles and aunts.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Rae Davis-Folsom and their children, Spencer and Molly; in-laws, Roger and Deborah Davis; brothers, Tim and wife Susan, Peter, James and wife Kris, Mike and wife Theresa; sister, Elizabeth; brother-in-law, Dean and wife Teresa; sister-in-law, Mary and husband Danny; niece, Brooks Lough and husband Eric; nephews, Carter, Ryan, Jacob Brady, TJ, Wyatt, and Camden; niece Maggie; special cousins, Peggy and Skip Hanson; Todd and Sue Hanson; and grandnieces, Grace and Brynn Lough.

Visiting hours will take place from 5-8 p.m., on Tuesday, June 1, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street in Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Augusta, Maine. After the Mass a gathering will be held at the Augusta Country Club for family and friends.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lawrence High School,

Attn. Brenda Thomas,

9 School Street,

Fairfield ME 04937

to establish a scholarship

in David’s name.

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