Roger E. Libby, obituary

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 4:00pm

PORT CLYDE — Roger Edgar Libby, 88, died peacefully, following a period of declining health, Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

Born in Thomaston, he was the son of Edgar and Dorothy Cramer Libby. He was educated locally, graduating from Thomaston High School in 1951.

Following high school Roger entered the U.S. Navy serving in the Mediterranean Sea on an Air Craft Carrier during the Korean War. Returning to the States, he married Betty Kobs on June 13, 1954.

Roger spent much of his career as a truck driver. Starting as a “milk man,” he worked his way up, eventually driving for Martin Marietta Corporation for many years before retiring.

Always called to the ocean, Rogers dream was to be a fishing captain. For many years he and Betty ran a successful commercial fishing fleet. He fished off and on through his life, and in recent years loved going out on the water with his sons.

As a younger man, Roger was a member of the Thomaston Fire where he became Deputy Chief. He later joined the Port Clyde Fire Department. When his children were young he enjoyed camping trips and boy scouts with them. Roger, a stoic “Mainer,” and known to many as “Grumpy.” He was a regular at the Harpoon Restaurant where he enjoyed time with friends and could be heard saying he was “taking his medicine” while enjoying a good rum and Coke. Later in life, Roger and Betty enjoyed spending winters in Florida and the Virgin Islands with friends from Maine. 

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty, who died in December of 2020; his daughter-in-law Kim Libby; two grandsons, Kristopher Coulter and Jason Lee Morris; Roger is survived by his sons, Gary Libby, Glen Libby and his partner Claire Bissell all of Port Clyde; his grandchildren, Jason, Justin, Jenna, Jessica, Kari, Dan and Leslie as well as many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service for Roger and Betty will be held Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the Ridge Cemetery, Martinsville. A reception will follow at the Harpoon Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to Donate Life at New England Donor Services, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

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Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.