Ernest Steven "Steve" Libby, 84, died June 9, at home, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma Lee Boney Libby.

Libby was born in Scarborough, Maine, June 12, 1920, the son of the late Ernest Jason and Vida Higgins Libby, and was later adopted by his stepfather, the late Winfield Raymond Libby. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, where he and his wife were married in 1943, and was a member and ruling elder in The Sweet Hollow Presbyterian Church, Melville, N.Y. He served five years in the U.S. Air Force, from 1941 to 1946.

He was promotion-publicity manager at Radio Station WIS, Columbia, (1946-1951), then joined Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, New York, N.Y., as director of public relations. He moved in 1955 to The Interpublic Group of companies' affiliates CCI/Infoplan as manager of Television Program Publicity.

During 18 years with that international advertising-marketing firm he also served as senior vice president on travel accounts, and for two years was assigned as tourist publicity manager for the Bahamas News Bureau in Nassau.

He took an early retirement in 1973, moving to West Newfield, Maine, and was active until his death, traveling extensively as a photojournalist, freelancing for major international and domestic magazines, newspapers and newspaper syndicates.

His freelance writing and photos were published internationally in such publications as Delta Sky Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, South Africa Airlines Magazine, The (Toronto) Globe & Mail, the San Diego Union-Tribune, The (Padua, Italy) Messenger and dozens of others. He was the New England correspondent for some years for Travel magazine and wrote dozens of feature articles for King Features Syndicate, among others.

He was president of The John Libby Family Association from 1981 to 1984, founding and editing The Libby Family Newsletter, and was named editor emeritus in 1986. He wrote the preface and introduction to "Volume II, The Libby Family in America," and wrote and illustrated the Bicentennial book for Newfield Maine, in 1976.

In 1987 he was extended the honor and privilege of life membership in the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, for "outstanding contributions for the preservation of Maine's maritime heritage."

In addition to his wife, with whom he moved to Sumter in 1984, he is survived by their son, Allan W. Libby and wife, Louise, of Hampstead, N.C.; daughter Susan L. Cole and husband, Tom, of Kennebunk, Maine; five grandchildren, Alison Cole, Taylor Libby, Rachel Cole, Steven Libby and Garrison Libby; and two great-granddaughters, Taylor Susan-Phai Nguyen and Paige Alison Nguyen.

Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Zane Moore officiating.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

Memorials may be made to the Maine Maritime Museum or the John Libby Family Homestead Association.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements.