YARMOUTH — The town lost it's second devoted citizen in three days when former Tree Warden Frank Knight died Monday at age 103.
Knight, who served as tree warden for more than 50 years, was recalled by Town Manager Nat Tupper as a tireless supporter of his community.
His support was no stronger than when Knight worked to save the town's 200-year-old American elm, nicknamed "Herbie." The tree stood over the intersection of East Main Street and Yankee Drive before it was finally cut down in January 2010.
Knight was on hand when the diseased tree was removed and conceded its time had come.
"It's his time now, and soon it will be mine," Knight said at the time.
Knight was also known for his devotion to his friends, neighbors, community and church, Tupper said.
"He was just a bright guy, cheerful and caring about people. He spent a tremendous amount of time making Yarmouth a great place," Tupper said.
Knight's death came two days after former Town Councilor Erving Bickford died on Saturday after a long illness.