Over the weekend I found out that one of our dear chair caning forum members, James Folmar, passed away at the age of 79.
James was a bright light for us on the caning forum, one of the very first to join in on the chair caning discussions. Always willing and able to chime in on the topics with tons of information and hints and suggestions for making the weaving enjoyable and fun. He also helped to support the forum financially and I will be eternally grateful to him for doing so.
He was also an early-on (2005) advertiser in the National Furniture Repair Directory™ and was one of the first to ask to be removed, because he was getting too much business and couldn’t handle it all! We both laughed at the thought that the Directory was working too well for him!
A few years back, his wife went to the nursing home and then not too long afterwards James followed and I believe he said they had adjoining rooms. Since the activities area there was not really big enough for James to continue to do his chair seat weaving, he had to give up his beloved craft, but kept in touch on the caning forum for as long as he was able.
Here is the email I received from the family, please visit my post on the Chair Caning Forum and also leave a memorial comment in the online guestbook at the Rader Funeral Home for the family. You will need to do a Search on the obituaries under “Folmar.” http://www.raderfh.com/_mgxroot/page_10780.php?task=Search&listing=Current
“It is with a very heavy heart and much love that the family of James Milton Folmar announce his passing to be with the Lord on March 28, 2012. The funeral was held on Friday the 30th. We apologize for not sending this before now but we are just now able to use his computer for email addresses.
Rader Funeral Home in Henderson handled the beautiful service and have a website for making comments on their page. We would love to hear your thoughts if you so desire.
He is now without the constraints of health conditions or “old age” and we know that he will be watching over us until the day we are together again. Thank you for being a part of our husband/father/grandfather’s life.
May God Bless each one of you today and all the days to come.”
Myra Folmar, Lynda & Kris Cole, Chad Cole
All of us in the chair caning community will miss James and his contribution to the craft, but he’s probably up there in Heaven right now, holding a class and sharing his knowledge! Don’t you think?