Frank A. Knight, 103: Herbie's beloved caretaker

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YARMOUTH — Frank A. Knight, 103, died on May 14 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

Knight was born in Pownal on Oct. 17, 1908, to Frank A Knight and Kate Hodson Knight. He attended school in Pownal and graduated from North Yarmouth Academy. His education continued at the University of Maine, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

After working in 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. They were married more than 60 years before her death in 1994.

He was active in community affairs and served in many positions. Knight was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church for more than 60 years and treasurer of the Ministerial Fund for more than 30 years. He also was a member of the first Yarmouth Planning Board and the Conservation Committee. He served as a trustee for North Yarmouth Academy for 26 years, as well as at the Merrill Memorial Library, Riverside Cemetery and the Robert W. Boyd Award Fund. In 1983, Knight was publicly honored with the Latchstring Award for service to the community.

In 1956, Knight was appointed as a volunteer tree warden for the town of Yarmouth, a position he held for over 52 years. He may be best remembered for his work and dedication to help care for and preserve elm trees, specifically the largest elm tree in New England, “Herbie.”

In 2010 he was honored to be named the Grand Marshall of the Yarmouth
Clam Festival Parade.

Knight is survived by his son, Richard, and his wife, Joyce, of North Yarmouth; grandchildren Daniel and his wife, Sara, and Andrea Knight; two great-grandchildren Maddie and Anna; and niece, Meredith Dalessandro.

A memorial service was held on May 19 at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth.

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