Tributes paid to sportsman

Tributes have been paid to a former tailor and sportsman who has died at the age of 75.

Ken Libbey was born in Plymouth in 1936, and moved to Exmouth in 1946, when he attended what is now Exmouth Community College.

He married his wife Chris in 1957, and went into gentlemen’s outfitting, working at Hepworths in Exeter, Dunn’s in Exmouth, Next and Hope Brothers during his career.

Outside of work, he was a keen boxer, representing Exmouth Boxing Club, and a successful darts player, most notably for The Globe in Lympstone.

He also had a brief rugby career for Withycombe, and was a lifelong supporter of the club, cheering on first his son and then his grandsons as they played for the team.


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He leaves Chris, their two children, Karen and Rick, five grandsons, Darren, Gareth, James, Adam and Ryan, and two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Thomas.

Chris said that the family had received more than 100 cards of condolence, and there had been standing room only at his cremation.

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She said: “His interests were his family, his garden, and his sport, especially boxing, rugby and horse racing.

“He had so many friends, and we’ve had so many flowers – it’s amazing for one person, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support at this time.

“He has left a big gap in his family’s lives.”

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