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Man Buried In Coffin Made Out Of The Tree He Fought To Save [Video]

(Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

Have you ever believed in something and fought for it. A man from Yarmouth, Maine will be buried in a coffin made from a tree he fought to protect. He used every trick in the book in order to save the tree, and did, to an extent, but both lost their fight.

The man was a professional logger but spent a large chunk of his life protecting New England’s tallest elm tree

The 217-year-old tree nicknamed “Herbie” eventually succumbed to Dutch elm disease. Over the weekend,  the 103-year-old man died as well.

“Frank cared for Herbie for 52 years, and now Herbie will care for Frank forever,” his son, Dick Knight, told the Boston Herald.

Over the years, Knight worked to protect other local trees as well, though his works will forever be tied to the relationship he had with Herbie. After the tree fell, its wood was used to make several items, including an electric guitar. Knight did not know that some of Herbie’s wood was being set aside for his coffin, designed by local custom furniture maker Chris Becksvoort.

And now he is going to be buried in a special casket built from the wood of the tree.

I see it as only fitting, it reminds me of the old Shel Silverstein book, “The Giving Tree”

 

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