Stephen Longley, 55, ran the Appalachian Trail Conference's Kennebec River Ferry Service across the Kennebec River in Caratunk, Maine, from 1987 until 2007.
On Saturday, March 2, 2013, the man who earned the Trail Name "The Ferryman" passed away at his home in Solon.
The Ferryman was a registered Maine Guide and Wilderness First Responder. He found inspiration from his father, James Longley -- the former governor of Maine from 1974 until 1978 -- who raised Stephen to love the outdoors.
In 2007, he was given the Maine and New England Appalachian Trail Clubs' 2007 Partner of the Year award.
Famous for his red canoe, The Ferryman ferried more than 19,000 hikers across the waters of the Kennebec River.
Although he was described as fit and in good health, The Ferryman died unexpectedly in his sleep. His death came as a shock to his family and loved ones.
We are thankful for the many years The Ferryman gave to helping others along the Appalachian Trail. Our condolences are extended to those who knew and loved him.
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