- Earl Leroy Libby died peacefully on May 3, 2017, while watching the Red Sox beat the Orioles. Earl, the son of Maurice E. and Fern (Rogers) Libby, was born March 16, 1930, in Lincoln. He was a loving husband to Clara (Smith) Libby for 49 years, until her death in 2003.
Earl began working at a very young age, and his work ethic kept him going for his 87 years on this earth. In his early adult years, he enjoyed hunting ducks on the Penobscot River with his Dad and partridge hunting with his wife, Clara. For many years, he enjoyed summers with his family at the "Big Rock Camp" on Center Pond in Lincoln. Recently, however, his passion was following the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He was a proud Marine and served on the USS Leyte during the Korean War. He often commented that it took a handful of Marines to do the work of 2000 Navy men!
Gardening requires patience and attention: plants don't grow to fulfill good intentions. Plants thrive because someone lovingly cared for them. Earl demonstrated that effort throughout his life, as he loved to garden. Since his retirement from Lincoln Pulp and Paper Company in 1994, he has logged thousands of hours digging in the dirt and sharing that legacy with his beloved grandchildren. "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in..." He planted his last maple tree when he was 80 years young and nurtured it until his death.
Earl treasured his grandchildren and spent many hours in his back yard at that big old house on Pleasant Street, teaching them about some of nature's greatest gifts. Precious time spent with his three great-grandchildren was a bonus that he thought he would never live to enjoy. He is survived by his daughter, Earlene, and her husband, John Young; son-in-law, Stephen True; grandchildren, Tony Arthers and his wife, Darcy, Adriane True, and Isaac Young and his wife Mallory; great-grandchildren, Landon and Maddox Arthers and Olivia Young; sister-in-law, Frances Stevens; and many special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, Clara, he was predeceased by his beloved gardening partner and youngest daughter, Vickie Lee (Libby) True; brother, Maurice Libby; sisters, Irene Crocker, Vivian Tunks and Nancy Batchelder.
A graveside service will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts of remembrance can be made to Penobscot Valley Hospital General Fund. "At the end of life what really matters is not what we bought, but what we built; not what we got, but what we shared; not our competence, but our character; and not our success, but our significance. Children are born, traditions are passed and the love continues into eternity." XOXO Semper Fi. Online condolences may be expressed at clayfuneralhome.com.
Published on  May 8, 2017