The Tree Man,
YARMOUTH -- Frank A. Knight, 103, a resident of Yarmouth, died on May 14, 2012, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
He was born in Pownal on Oct. 17, 1908, the son of Frank A. Knight and Kate Hodsdon Knight.
He attended school in Pownal and graduated from North Yarmouth Academy. His education continued at the University of Maine and graduated with a B.S. degree in Forestry.
After working with the paper industry he began his own business as a pulpwood and timber dealer, land clearing contractor and blueberry grower.
In 1933 he married Frances Mann of Yarmouth. His wife of over 60 years died in 1994.
Frank was active in community affairs and served in many positions. He was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church for over 60 years and treasurer of the Ministerial Fund for 30 years, a member of first Yarmouth Planning Board and the Conservation Committee. Frank served as a trustee for North Yarmouth Academy for 26 years, the Merrill Memorial Library, Riverside Cemetery 30 plus years, and the Robert W. Boyd Award Fund for over 40 years. In 1983 Frank was publicly honored with the Latchstring Award for service to the community.
In 1956 Frank was appointed as a volunteer Tree Warden for the town of Yarmouth, a position which he held for over 52 years. He may be best remembered for his interest, work and dedication to help care for and preserve elm trees, specifically, the largest elm tree in New England, the famous 'Herbie.'
In 2010 Frank was honored to be named the Grand Marshall of the Yarmouth Clam Festival Parade.
Survivors include his son, Richard with his wife Joyce of North Yarmouth; two grandchildren, Daniel and his wife Sara, and Andrea Knight; along with two great-grandchildren, Maddie and Annie; and a niece, Meredith Dalessandro.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 2 p.m., at the First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth. A reception will follow in the church. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com
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