Royce J. Tibbetts, obituary

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 5:45pm

BELFAST — Royce Jason Tibbetts, 91, passed away peacefully at home with his family on May 18, 2022. Born in Mars Hill on September 16, 1930, he was the son of Jason and Athena Gray Tibbetts and graduated from Orono High School, class of 1948. From 1952 to 1954, Royce proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

On June 11, 1955, he married Joan Mansur and they settled in Belfast to raise their family. He was employed at Dutch Chevrolet before beginning a career as an insurance agent with Prudential Insurance Company. Royce made many friends interacting with his customers. He also worked several more years with The Clark Agency in Belfast, after retiring from Prudential.

Royce had a keen interest and great love for the Belfast community where he was well known for his extensive postcard collection and photo posts on social media. He was also a great source of information on the history of Belfast. He delighted in going to yard sales and flea markets. His vintage 1947 30’cabin cruiser, the “Whimsy,” built by Elmer Collemer in Camden, provided many pleasurable summers cruising the waters of Penobscot Bay.

In 1979 and 1980, Royce served on the Belfast city council and was a long-time member of the Northport Golf Club.

Royce was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald and Jason.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan Tibbetts; his sons, Jon and Chris of Belfast; his daughters, Nancy Hutchinson and her husband, Andrew of Lenox , Massachusetts, Janna Moody and her husband, Steve of Waldo; grandchildren, Justin Mercer of Lenox, Massachusetts, Christopher Mercer of Belfast, Julie Moody and her husband, James of Searsport; great-grandchildren, Eiyah and Ayanna Jackson, Ethan Mercer, Joseph and Jeremiah Moody; a nephew, several nieces including a very special niece, Thea Todd and her husband, Greg of Swanville. He will be especially missed by his beloved golden retriever, Sophie.

The family would like to thank MaineHealth Care at Home including team members Mindy, Nicole, and Delany for their assistance in allowing Royce to remain at home. Also, we extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Delehanty for his kindness and guidance.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 1 p.m., at Grove Cemetery, in Belfast, with the Rev. Joel Krueger officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to PAWS Animal Adoption Center, PO Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.