Death of Frank Knight

1909 - May 14, 2012
Portland, Maine | Age 103

Maine man who cared for famed old tree dies at 103
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DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Frank Knight's decades-long battle to save New England's tallest elm served as an inspiring tale of devotion, so it is fitting that he will be laid to rest in a coffin made from the tree he made famous.

Knight, who died Monday at 103, had affectionately referred to the 217-year-old elm nicknamed Herbie as "an old friend." The massive tree succumbed to Dutch elm disease and was cut down two years ago.

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