Franklin “Nick” Nichols Folger, 70, died on Jan. 6 at the VA Hospital in East Orange, N.J.
Nick was born on July 8, 1946 in New York City, N.Y. He graduated from Morristown High School in Morristown, N.J. and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War as a Machinist’s Mate, First Class. He graduated from NJIT with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1985 and retired from Greystone State Hospital in July of 2007 after 15 years there as Coordinator of Plant Services.
Nick spent all of his youth summering in Round Pond at the cottage of his grandparents, Everett Augustus Nichols and Grace Gordon Hicks. His first love was Round Pond Harbor. He spent many hours of his day in a motorboat putting around the harbor and the islands.
Nick had deep connections to Bristol. His great-grandfather was James Everett Nichols who owned and operated the general store in Round Pond, now known as King Ro. His great-great-grandfather was James Nichols, a sea captain in the 1850s, who built one of the large homes in Round Pond along ‘Kings Row’. Previous generations of Nichols lived in Pemaquid, were one of the last commanders of Fort William Henry and built the original Fort House.
Nick loved spending time in Maine. He vacationed in Round Pond and had a house in Bristol Mills. His retirement was spent relaxing on the water of Round Pond, working to restore the house in Bristol Mills and flying for Angel Flight NE, a non-profit program to transport people in need of medical treatment.
Nick was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Pamela Isabella DeMayo, who passed in 2006. He has joined his parents, Elizabeth Anne Nichols and Franklin Gay Folger, as well as brothers, Thomas Everett and Peter Dean Folger.
He is survived by daughters, Tracy F. Boss, husband John D. and their two sons, John C. and Nick L. of Rockaway Township, N.J., Kim E. Folger of Budd Lake, N.J., and Kristin N. Bergen, husband Joseph and their two children Samuel N. and Emily J. of Randolph, N.J.; sister, Grace E. Folger of Nazareth, Penn. and Bristol Mills; several cousins, nieces and nephews; a grandniece; and two grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 21 at the United Methodist Church at Newfoundland, 65 La Rue Rd., Newfoundland, NJ, 07435.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Nick Folger may be made to Angel Flight NE.