FAIRFIELD -- Eugene H. Ames, of Fairfield, and formerly of Etna, left this world passing through the Pearly Gates on his 74th birthday, March 20, 2011. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a courageous battle and a good fight against cancer.
Gene was born in Fairfield on March 20, 1937, the son of the late Horace A. Ames of Brunswick, and the late Beulah Veilleux of Fairfield. He was educated in Clinton and Fairfield schools.
On April 12, 1955, he enlisted in the Army, and served three years before being honorably discharged on April 15, 1958, with the rank of sergeant. He went on to earn an apprenticeship with Jerry Vigue as a mason. Later, he was employed for 30 years by Maine Masonry, where he was a superintendent for 15 years before retiring in 2005. He was a hard worker and always said work was his "hobby."
In his early years, Gene was married to Sandra McDonald and together they had their only child, a son, Steven Ames of Oakland. Gene and Sandra divorced later.
He married Phyllis Willette of Winslow on March 27, 1976, and they celebrated 35 years together.
Gene was known as the "Duke" for his liking of John Wayne, and also was known as "Uncle Pinkie" by some of his nieces, and nephews because he loved the color pink. His niece Brandi's fourth- and fifth-grade school kids always called him by that name. Gene enjoyed his Thursdays with his brothers and a special cousin Joyce and husband Ray Dickey. He loved all sports, especially girl's basketball. His favorite player was Cindy Blodgett.
He could be found most days playing a morning game of cribbage in the garage with Phyllis in their pj's.
He is predeceased by his parents; his step-father, Lionel Veilleux; his sisters, Marion Bailey and Susan Davis; his brothers, Tommy and Chegaw Veilleux; and his former wife, Sandra.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ames, of Fairfield; a son, Steven Ames, of Oakland; a granddaughter, Jen; and great-grandchildren Riley, Chris and Mac; his brothers, Horace "Hoddy" Ames Jr. and his wife, Ruth, of Massachusetts and Florida, Oral "Buddy" Ames and his wife, Vicki, of Benton, Eddie Ames and his wife, June, of Fairfield, and Donnie Ames and his former wife, Brenda, both of Winslow. He also leaves a stepson, Richie Willette; and a stepgrandson, Phillip, and step-great-grandsons Bradley and T.J.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beverly and James Quirion of Winslow, and brother-in-law Dean Davis of Shawmut; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Gene was especially close to a niece, Brandi Forney, and her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Jada Rose; and two close nephews Ed Ames Jr., and his wife, April, and their daughter, Scotland Rose, and nephew Brian Ames and his wife, Tammie, and their sons, Brandon and Sean; and close nieces Tammy Rideout and Melanie Monk; and a special cousin, Ray and Joyce Dickey; his beloved dog, "Teddy Bear." The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer campus, Inland Hospital, HeathReach Hospice, and Fairfield Rescue for their excellent care, kindness and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank the chaplain at Thayer campus and Dr. Garrett for going the extra mile, and with the kind words of comfort. It was greatly appreciated, and much needed at a difficult time.
A good-bye from your brother: "You're not only my brother, but one of my best friends. I'll miss our talks and times together. Thursdays will never be the same. Love ya always, Ed"
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Shawmut Chapel, 57 Bray Ave., Shawmut, with the Pastor Steve Donahue officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lawrybrothers.com.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 107 Main St., Fairfield; 453-6049 or 800-660-2111.