{ John Willard Ames B.D., 1956 | Died July 14, 2009

John Willard Ames B.D., 1956

July 14, 2009

John Willard Ames, 78, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Belfast, Maine, and Springfield, Mass., died July 14, 2009.

John was born December 4, 1930, in Belfast, and graduated from Bates College and Andover Newton Theological School. He served as pastor of churches in Wilton, Maine, Great Barrington, Mass., Rockledge, Fla., and Springfield before relocating to Sarasota. John was the Associate Executive Director at Plymouth Harbor until his retirement.

John was active as a community volunteer for many organizations in every city where the family lived, especially in his retirement. He enjoyed singing with the Key Chorale, as well as at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota.

John died peacefully after a difficult fight with cancer. He will be long remembered for his life, his caring, his mentoring, and his grace. Services will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Martin; a daughter, Katherine Ames-McCormick of Longmeadow, Mass.; a son, J. Craig of Atlanta; and a brother, Wilbur Stanley of Tucson, Arizona. Donations may be made to the John W. and Susan M. Ames Scholarship Fund, Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240-6028 or to TideWell Hospice, 1751 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236.

(Adapted from an obituary in the Sarasota, FL, Herald Tribune.)