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Augusta, ME 04330
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Leslie Ames

Leslie Dyer Ames

Thursday, February 5th, 1925 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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South China, Maine
Leslie D. Ames - age 95, passed away on April 18, 2020 at Togus Springs, Togus VA Medical Center with his son, Michael R. Ames and daughter, Pamela J. Ames by his side. Les has now joined his loving wife of 62 years, Faith Ames in Heaven. Les was born at home in Camden, Maine on February 5, 1925, son of Harold and Edna Higgins Ames. He started working on a dairy farm at age 10 delivering milk at 10 cents an hour. He bought his own truck and worked hauling whatever was needed to be hauled, changing out truck bodies when necessary.
World War II was upon him and Les was drafted in the Army in February 1943. He was deferred until June 1943 to graduate from Camden High School as he was their school bus driver. Les reported to South Carolina for basic training, then transferred to the Army Air Cadet program at Lynchburg College, Virginia. Because of the need for Infantry personnel, Les was sent to England, then France and then Germany to engage in the Battle of the Bulge. Les was wounded in action on January 7, 1945 in Rollesbroich, Germany. After over a year of surgeries and rehabilitation, Les received one of the first bone graft operations in March of 1946 by a team from Walter Reed Hospital. For his bravery, Les received his Army Purple Heart and his Maine Silver Star.
Les returned to Maine and graduated from the University of Maine in 1950 as a mechanical engineer. The same year he married the love of his life, Faith LaFleur Ames. They had two children, Michael R. Ames, a retired teacher who now lives in Newport, Maine and Pamela J. Ames, an attorney in Waterville, Maine. He has two granddaughters, Jessica Ames Biddinger and her husband, Eric and Katie Ames Bolduc and her husband, Paul. Katie & Paul blessed Les with a great grandson, Matthew Lesland Bolduc, on October 15, 2019. Les left behind several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Les was predeceased by his wife, Faith L. Ames and his two sisters, Mary Ames Heald and Nellie Ames Hart.
Les and Faith made their home in South Portland, Maine, Omaha, Nebraska and Cumberland Center, Maine. Les worked for American Can Company starting in July 1951 as a professional engineer and retired as Plant Manager of the Casco Bay plant in Portland, Maine. Les and Faith retired to their home in South China, Maine where Les lived right up to shortly before his passing.
Les enjoyed the family camp on China Lake, was a member of the South China Community Church, a member of the South China VFW, a Shriner and a Mason for 72 years.
Les was Trail Master for the Maine Snowmobile Association for many years and continued distribution of trail markers to snowmobile clubs all across Maine.
Les loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. There were many snowmobile trips in winter and many side by side ATV trips in spring, summer and fall.
The family would like to thank all the people who helped Les in the last years of his life, with special thanks to the greatest neighbors anyone could have, Pierre and Francine Blais. The South China Community Church family, the Masons and Togus Springs VA Medical Center Hospice all helped him enjoy every day of this life.
With regard to closure, if you are on a trail sometime, looking over a vista of the great State of Maine, take off your helmet and feel the breeze on your cheek and whisper goodbye to Les, we know he will hear you.
A celebration of life for Les Ames will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, Augusta and Windsor.
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Jeff Sukeforth

Posted at 08:48am
The Master, Wardens, Officers and members of Federal Lodge No. 6 we extend our heartfelt condolences to Les' family. Les will certainly be missed by everyone at Federal Lodge, he always had a smile and kind words for everyone. RIP my friend and Brother.

Aleta Rioux

Posted at 03:29pm
Our deepest sympathy goes to Les’ family. Les was one in a million. He had all the qualities of true gentleman. The Maine Snowmobile Association was privileged to have Les as active member. He truly made a difference in the trail system we enjoy today. His wisdom will be deeply missed. Aleta & Roger Rioux

Rita Sukeforth

Posted at 03:29pm
So sorry for your loss, he was a great man , our prayers are with you, Doug and Rita Sukeforth

Dominic and Michele carter

Posted at 07:13am
Pam and Mike, Dominic and I send our condolences to you and your families. Our prayers are with you. Always, Dominic and Michele Carter

Larry and Eileen Lafland

Posted at 01:06pm
To Les' family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Les. We have known him for many years through the Maine Snowmobile Association. He has always entered a room with a smile on his face and care in his heart. To watch him as Faith played Christmas songs at our December meetings was such a joy. He was very knowledgeable when it came to snowmobile trails and snowmobiling in this state and it was interesting just hearing him talk about it. We have all lost a dear friend and one who will be missed greatly. Your heartfelt sympathy to all of his family.
Eileen and Larry Lafland

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