SOUTH HIRAM- Wayne Libby, also know as “Grandpa Rabies” died unexpectedly at age 54 from due to complications of the Covid -19 virus on Sept. 24, 2021. He was born August 26, 1967 to Laura and Leslie Libby.
He enjoyed playing both baseball and softball often coached by his father.
He worked with the family logging business. At a young age he would deliver gas cans to his father and work on the landing. When he was old enough to drive he would split and deliver fire wood after school.
After graduation from Sacopee Valley High School he joined the Army. He was stationed in Germany and served as a military police officer. He could run a mile in 5 min.
When he returned home he worked at Northland Shoe in Fryeburg until they closed their doors. He spent the next 20 years as a truck driver for Moulton Lumber until he was forced to retire due to MD (muscular Dystrophy).
To anyone that knew Wayne you knew he loved his wife and kids. He was the Step Dad that truly stepped in and stepped up to the task of loving them, teaching them auto mechanics, how to build, how to hunt and fish and how to play- 4wheeling, camping and fun parks .
Wayne NEVER complained about his MD. He dug in harder. He accomplished his black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate and then to keep moving he built a huge family home. Wayne NEVER quit, NEVER complained. He was a hard worker that did not know limits from a disability- he found a way to make it work.
Wayne always had a smile and could talk to anyone, anywhere. He ALWAYS had a story to tell or a tid-bit of knowledge to share or a how-to trick. He was a man of wit and a fast thinker- He was the “King-of-comebacks”.
He loved his church. He served as a jr. deacon and would often cook for the ladies breakfast at Hilltop church. His time at Calvary Bible Church he was a youth group leader known for his wacky games He became the pop man on Sunday mornings and most recently he would help with the bread ministry and trash pickup.
The highlight of the last two years was meeting our new neighbors- the Amish community. He was once again driving and joking and sharing his wisdom.
When Wayne was asked how he was doing, his reply was- “I”m fine, thanks, everyday is a good day,- just some are better than others!”
Wayne found great joy in hunting and fishing. For the last seven years he treasured a Father's Day weekend with his brother Lee in honor of his father. He loved the outdoors, 4wheeling and camping. He would relax to chain-watching movie series (Man from Snowy River, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Criminal Minds and Taken). Songs of special meaning were: My God is so Big, So Strong and So mighty, Long Black Train, Move It- Move It, and Thunderstruck.
He was a selfless man, very generous, always complimenting his wife on her cooking.
He leaves behind his wife, Sharon Meigs-Libby. As well as 3 step-kids, loved as his own, Rachael Booth and her husband Jonathan, Stephen Hinkley and his wife Kristen, and Michael Hinkley. 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. His mother, Laura Libby, his brother Lee Libby and wife Chrissy. And his sister April Cochrane and husband Tim, with nephew Kameron.
If you have any special memories of Wayne, please send a 4x6 sheet/card. We would love to read how he has influenced, or touched your life. He has a powerful legacy, and we want to keep that going. (1 memory per card, and you can send as many memories as you care to share.)
Wayne's celebration of Life is on October 7th at 4pm- with a light dinner to follow at 5pm at Calvary Bible Church on South Hiram Road. It is an inside service, then if you choose to fellowship or eat outside bring your own chair/blanket.
The obituary and online condolence messages are available at the Poitras, Neal & York Funeral Home website, www.mainefuneral.com