ORLANDO, FLA — Mr. John R. Folsom Jr. of Orlando Fla., previously of Amherst and Syracuse, N.Y., died on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from complications of pneumonia and Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born on December 5, 1922, in Salem, Mass., to John R. Folsom Sr. and Mary Lee Folsom. He enjoyed photography, gardening, birding, genealogy, traveling, and music. He was married on September 16, 1950, to Charlotte A. Welling of Fulton, N.Y., who predeceased him in 2003.
His sister, Lorinda F. Jones, predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by his sister, Calista F. Greenough; children, Carol F. Gillis (Paul), Anne F. Quesada (Jerry), Jean Folsom (Andrew Glassman), and John R. Folsom III; grandchildren, Eric Gillis (Elly), Andrew Gillis-Smith (Sarah), Jonathan Glassman, Carlie Glassman, and John R. Folsom IV.
John graduated from Salem High School in 1940, and Salem State Teachers College in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Naples, Italy, during WWII, and in San Antonio, Texas, during the Korean Conflict, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He was an accountant in military and civilian employment, eventually retiring from Marine Midland Bank, Buffalo, N.Y., achieving the position of vice president of computer services.
He was a Mason in the Star King Lodge A.F. & A.M of Salem. He was an active member and tenor in the choirs of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Salem; First UMC, Syracuse; Christ UMC, Amherst; and Conway UMC, Orlando. He shared his love and knowledge of nature with his family and as a volunteer nature guide at Beaver Meadow Nature Center near Buffalo.
ARRANGEMENTS: Realtives and friends are invited to his funeral service, which will be held in All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry Street, Danvers, on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Route 62, Danvers. Gifts in his memory can be made to The John and Charlotte Folsom Scholarship Fund, Salem State University Foundation, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York NY 10163-4777. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.