John D. Rockefeller IV

Shaker, Rockefeller, coach among Maine deaths in 2017

One of the nation's three remaining Shakers, the last of his generation in a famous American family, a longtime football coach at Syracuse University and the author of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" are among people with ties to Maine who died in 2017.

The deaths included a boy whose dying wish tugged at heartstrings: He celebrated an early Christmas before succumbing to cancer.

Hundreds packed the dwelling house at the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake to celebrate the life of Sister Frances Carr after her death at 89.

Her passing on Jan. 2 left only two Shakers at the only active Shaker community, in the town of New Gloucester. The...