Obituary: Philip J. Ames – Portland Press Herald

Philippe J. Ames

Philip J. Ames 1930 – 2021 PALM HARBOR, Florida – Philip Jordan Ames, 91, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2021 at the Harbor Chase Assisted Residence in Palm Harbor, Florida. Phil was born in 1930, in Cohasset, Mass., To Ruth E. (Jordan) and Orris I. Ames, of Bath. He was married to Mary Skelton of Lewiston for 25 years, with whom he had four children. In 1978 he married Lillian McIlhenny of Philadelphia who predeceased him in February 2020. His three surviving children are Ruth E. Quinn (Tim Quinn), Jane S. Brazier (Scott Brazier) and Sarah M. Hartgrove (Rhett Hartgrove) . His grandchildren are Marie C. Quinn and John P. Quinn. He is also survived by sisters Carol McBride of Bath and Linda Verbinski of Palm Harbor, Florida, and their families. Phil was predeceased by his son, John M. Ames; and her sister, Patricia J. Ames. Phil attended the University of Maine at Orono where he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, 3rd Infantry Division, and served his country in the Korean War, receiving a Bronze Star for Distinguished Service as an operations officer of wire. Phil spent 30 years with General Electric Company in various sales and marketing roles, both nationally and internationally. In 1983 he returned to Maine, built a house in Georgetown, and founded Ames Personnel Consultants in Brunswick and Waterville. He eventually retired “full time” to Florida in 1999, spending many summers in the mountains of North Carolina. Phil has remained active in his community, volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity thrift store, fundraising for community charities and serving as president of his HOA. He enjoyed travel, boating, fishing, and golf. In his youth, Phil loved to play the trumpet and listening to big band music gave him immense joy throughout his life. Phil’s heart has always been in Maine… when he spoke of Florida he would often say “good lobster rolls are certainly hard to find here!” Phil’s daughters are grateful for the loving care provided to him by the staff at Harbor Chase over the past three years of his life. Phil will be buried in Mountainside Cemetery in Georgetown at a later date. Instead of flowers, they suggest donating to Sun Coast Hospice, who provided excellent care to Phil and Lillian in their last days.

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