From Doug Welch of Maine Island Trail Association:"It is with a sense of loss and reverence that I must announce that Dave Getchell, Sr. passed away at home Saturday night at age 89. A self-effacing soul, 'Getch' called himself co-founder of the Maine Island Trail, although he was our de facto leader."In 1987, following a period of exploration of Maine's state-owned islands in his trusty tin boat, TORNGAT, Getch declared, 'In studying this bounty, it occurred to me that here was a rare chance to develop an outstanding waterway for small boats.' He further suggested that this unusual 'water trail' could be managed by the people who used it: The Maine Island Trail Association. These ideas met with mixed response, with some 500 people joining MITA in its first year and others expressing concern. Undaunted, Getch and his followers (you) persevered and multiplied for the next 30 years with the result being the Trail and organization we know today."