Joseph W. Calby, 82

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YARMOUTH — Joseph W. Calby, 82, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died surrounded by his family at his Yarmouth home on Sept. 5.

Born in Philadelphia, Penn., he was the only son of Margaret Tolley Calby and Joseph Woodman Calby Sr.

After he graduated from Mercersburg Academy, he attended Cornell University, where he was co-captain of the Cornell wrestling team and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He later received an MBA from Seton Hall after his military service.

He spent the majority of his career in the textile industry, serving as president of the DM Company in New Jersey and vice president and director of the American Thread Company of Stamford, Conn., and Charlotte, N.C.

Over the years he was active in community affairs and traveled extensively.

Active in his retirement, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and with the Loaves and Fishes program at the Meyers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C.

He enjoyed scuba diving, and had memorable dives at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Diana Heywood Calby; a daughter, Ann Calby Miller, and a son, Douglas Heywood Calby, their spouses, and four grandchildren, Luke Andrew Miller, Midshipman Julie Margaret Miller, Christopher Heywood Calby, and Elizabeth Dalton Calby; and a cousin, James L. Tolley.

There will be a private graveside service and burial at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth. A reception to celebrate his life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at his home.

Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or to the Cornell scholarship named in his honor: Calby Engineering Scholarship #344029, Allison D. Riley, c/o Cornell University, Alumni Affairs and Development, 130 E. Seneca St., Suite 400, Ithaca, NY  14850.

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