Gordon D. “Gordie” Folsom, 73, passed away in the comfort of his home and family on Monday morning, June 11, 2018. Born in Montpelier on February 20, 1945, he was the son of the late Wendell “Ike” Folsom and Gertrude “Trudy” (Burbank) Folsom.
Following graduation from high school, Gordie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for 20 years which included the Vietnam War. Following his discharge in 1974, Gordie was employed by Simmons Precision (now known as BF Goodrich Aerospace) in Vergennes for 30 years as both a project engineer and program manager. In 2002, he purchased a log cabin that had been used as a seasonal camp in Lincoln and through thoughtful process and Yankee ingenuity, created a home that was beautiful and an ongoing labor of love. He took great pride in his craftsmanship and independence, working the land logging and landscaping, cutting his own firewood, cultivating his flower gardens and being at one with his surroundings and abundant wildlife. Sharing all that he had with his family gave him great joy as well as spending time with his grandchildren, particularly attending their sporting events and participating in their varied activities.
Gordie is loved and mourned by his children, Tony Folsom of Charlotte, NC, Sarah Langlois and her husband Ryan of Randolph, and Stephanie Boschee of Charlotte, NC; his stepchildren, Sean Harrington and his wife Jowee of Burlington and Todd Harrington and his wife Cathy of Essex; seven grandchildren; his sisters, Pat Folsom, Linda Eldredge, Robin Brackett and her husband Nick, all of Waitsfield, and Peg Folsom and her husband Grant Kennedy of Brighton, Ontario; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
At Gordie’s request, private family services will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject) or to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 (www.achhh.org). Assisting the family is Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com.