BELFAST and SANDY POINT – Charles Chester Libby, 88, died Monday, March 5, 2012, with his family by his side at Tall Pines, Belfast. He was born July 23, 1923, in Rockland, the son of Carl L. Sr. and Catherine (Chester) Libby.

He attended Mattituck, New York School and Rockland High School. He joined the regular Army in 1941 and served with the 20th Engineers Combat Battalion in North Africa and Europe as a bandsman. He then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Maine and later completed post graduate programs at the University of Harford. He taught at Thomaston High School and was teaching principal at Brooklin and Mattawamkeag High schools before joining the history department at New Britain (Conn.) Senior High School. He retired in 1974 and returned to live in Sandy Point. A longtime amateur musician, he played with several groups including Rockland City, Lincolnville, Brewer Hometown, Bangor and Anah Temple bands. As a railroad enthusiast and historian, Charles belonged to several clubs and enjoyed model railroading and rail travel. While in Connecticut he was a choir member of First Church of Christ Congregational, New Britain, Conn., and upon retirement, became a member of Sandy Point Congregational Church. He and his wife, Margaret, were choir members and provided special music at the church. He was a member of Sandy Point Community Club and Jerry Dobbins Post No. 157 of the American Legion.

Charles is survived by two sisters, Mary L. Nevels and husband, Phil, of Denver and Betty Whitney of Hope; three nieces, Susan Schombert and husband, Jeff, Judy Whitney, and Ann Johnson and her husband; and one nephew, William Whitney and wife, Penny. Charles is also survived by his companion, Lydia Smith of Belfast; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Gray) Libby, in 2002.

Family and friends will gather for visitation 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Sandy Point Congregational Church with the Rev. Ruth Martin officiating. Burial will be held in the spring at Sandy Point Cemetery. Contributions in Charles’s memory may be made to Sandy Point Congregational Church, P.O. Box 21, Sandy Point, ME 04972.