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Doane Beal & Ames

160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA

OBITUARY

Gordon Payne Libbey

October 29, 1940September 30, 2019
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Gordon Payne Libbey, 78, of Centerville, MA passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital. He was born in 1940 to Gordon and Emma (Payne) Libbey. After graduating from the Barnstable school system, Gordon received a BS in Education, majoring in Earth Science from Bridgewater State College. He received a Master’s of Education in Instructional Media in 1972 from Bridgewater University, earning a CAGS in 1980.

Gordon taught in the Wellfleet Elementary School from 1963 to 1971. From 1972 to 2000, he taught Science at the Nauset Regional Middle School. He was a former Vice-President and Treasurer of the Nauset Education Association. He was a life member of the National Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. While a teacher for the Nauset Schools, he developed for the Science Curriculum a number of innovative programs, most notably his Photography Unit designed to teach students chemistry and physics, resulting in a number of former students becoming professional photographers.

Gordon’s passion was reading and spending time on his computer. He wrote “Needed Very Much” which was copyright and published in the Old Farmer’s Almanac in 1969 center section. In addition, he penned “Slow Down” and the “School Houses” chapter in the “Seven Villages of Barnstable” which he researched for one of his Master’s Degrees in 1976.

In addition to his writing, he enjoyed the beaches in the town of Barnstable, and Gordon was a special Police Officer for the Barnstable Police Department from 1962-1973.

Gordon was the devoted husband of Carolyn (Baker) and father of son, Attorney Mark Libbey. He leaves behind his beloved sisters-in-law Marsha Schultz and Janice Feeley, and brothers-in-law Jonathan and A. Peter Baker. Gordon also leaves his sister, Linda Robinson, his cousin Lorraine Patton, her husband Ron and their children Gabe and Andrew, Gordon’s dearest friend Debby Thibodeau, and nieces and nephews Jo-Ann, Jaime, Lyn, Lance, Kim and Jody.

Calling hours will be Saturday, October 5, 1-2:30 pm, with a 2:30 pm Prayer Service at Doane Beal & Ames, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gordon’s name may be made to the MSPCA, 1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02362.

  • FAMILY

  • Carolyn Libbey, Wife
  • Mark Libbey, Son
  • Marsha Schultz, Sister-in-law
  • Janice Feeley, Sister-in-law
  • Jonathan Baker, Brother-in-law
  • A. Peter Baker, Brother-in-law
  • Linda Robinson, Sister
  • Lorraine Patton, Cousin
  • Ron Patton, Cousin
  • Gabe Patton, Cousin
  • Andrew Patton, Cousin
  • Debby Thibodeau, Friend

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Prayer Service Saturday, October 5, 2019

Memories

Gordon Payne Libbey

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Richard Peterson

October 16, 2019

So sad to hear of Mr. Libbey's death. He was my 8th grade Science teacher at Nauset Middle School. He would always let me come in early and play on his computer (which in the early 1990s was a big treat). He and I would have contests to see who could get the highest scores in Jezzball (he usually won). A great teacher and gentleman who taught me more than science.

TaMara Rullo

October 5, 2019

Thank you for giving me a love of science and photography. The beauty I see through the camera lens to this day is because of you.

Condolences to your family and may heaven have a thousand photos opportunities.

Bob Lebel

October 4, 2019

Gordon was a" member in good standing" of Barnstable High School Class of 1958; the first class to graduate from the new high school on West Main Street. He helped organize the Freshmen Dance and the Sophomore Hop, and was a member of the Chess Club for 3 years,played baseball for 2 years and soccer his senior year. A well rounded guy, noted by his classmates for his crewcut, his secret desire to be a state trooper, and most importantly, his keen sense of humor, which served him well throughout his lifetime.

We will miss him.

Carolyn Stahler-Jigerjian

October 4, 2019

Sorry to hear of your husband’s passing Carolyn. You and I worked together at Hyannis Jewelry for many years. Haven’t seen you in years and we must connect. Take care. Thinking of your son and and you. Take care. We are here if you need anything.

Stephanie Fields

October 3, 2019

I was a student of Mr. Libby's in 8th grade science (83-84) at Nauset Regional Middle School, where I now teach. I loved his class, his sense of humor, ( he always cracked us up)and his navy blue blazer. He loved us and he loved to teach.

Love & Light,

Stephanie Fields

Malcolm Chase

October 3, 2019

I grew up on Chase Street just around the corner of Donnie's house. To me, Donnie was the older brother I never had. He was always finding ways to be a trickster. Other than Christmas with its presents, Halloween had to be his favorite "holiday." For some reason he liked to pick on me until a bigger boy in the neighborhood set him straight. He was 5 years older than me and my friends and always challenged us. One activity that I still think about was jumping over his picket fence in his side yard. He use to entertain us kids with spy stories and the electric chair at Sing Sing. The last time I spoke with Donnie was in the 70s, and we remembered those times in our youth and in our neighborhood. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Vanessa Santiago-Anderson

October 3, 2019

I am sorry for your heartache. Mark I met your father only a few times but knowing you he did a wonderful job raising his children. A kind hearted gentleman. You and your family are in my prayers, God Bless

Tania Harwood

October 3, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with Mark and Carolyn. I have so many wonderful memories of shared times. I was so sad to see this this morning and I want to tell you what you already know...what a kind, funny caring man you had. He will be sorely missed.

Ray Kittila

October 3, 2019

So sorry to learn of Gordon's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

JoAnn Schultz

October 2, 2019

I will always cherish my memories of my “ Uncle Donks”.. He was always so fun to be with. I loved his story telling. He had so many interests and was so smart! His funny smirk will be in my mind forever! RIP now Uncle...You will be missed...

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