Kenneth Morris Ames Sr., known to many as “Black Duck,” died peacefully at home Feb. 10, 2010, after a long illness.

He was born to Lydia and Orren Ames on May 21, 1923.

Ken was predeceased by his twin brother Keith Ames; his son, Kenneth M. Ames Jr.; and his younger brother, C. Austin Ames.

He was also predeceased by his father-in-law, George Nolan Sr. and mother-in-law Dorothy Nolan; his brothers-in-law, George Nolan Jr. and Charles Nolan; and a niece, Beth Nolan.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Maude; his children, Barry Lee Polk Ames and his wife, Buffy, and Faith McLamurry; his grandchildren, Steven Ames, Anna Marie Ames and Hope McLamurry and their families; and his nieces and nephews, Mark Ames, David A Ames, Barbara Kelly, Bill McNeil Jr., Velita McNeil and Eric McNeil and their families.

He is also survived by one brother, William McNeil; his sisters-in-law, Beth Penney of Rockland and Peggy Nolan of Bangor; his brothers-in-law, Kenney Nolan of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Richard Penny of Rockland; his nieces, Raquel Seavey of Rockland, Lois Goodman of Jeffersonville, Ind., Mary Lou Nolan and Laurie Nolan of Ohio; his nephews, Shaun Seavey of Rockland, Ken Nolan Jr., Dougie Nolan of Jeffersonville, Ind.; and several great-nieces and nephews.

On Feb. 16, 1943, when he was 19, Ken and his twin brother Keith enlisted in the First Class Regiment of the U.S. Coast Guard where they earned the nickname “Double Trouble.” When Ken returned from service in the Coast Guard, he went seining for herring with Ronald “RK” Ames and lobstered with his dog Pierre. Ken was always a hard worker — lobstering days and seining with RK nights, earning him the nickname “Black Duck,” as he was never asleep or in the same place twice.

Ken was a lifelong member of the American Legion. He loved to garden and read westerns. He was an all around good neighbor, willing to lend anyone anything he might have on hand. Ken lived and died on Matinicus Island.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Matinicus Island Rescue or Kno-Wal-Lin. Services are scheduled for May 21.