Gary W. Ames, 68, went to be with Jesus Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at his home in Milford.

Born in Rockland Aug. 3, 1949, he was the son of Denis E. and Norma Richards Ames.

Gary loved attending Mobius Inc., DownEast Horizons and the Gathering Place, where he made many friends and became an accomplished artist. He was very proud to have participated in the Special Olympics. Gary loved the Lord and regularly attended church.

For several years he lived in Boothbay and attended the Boothbay Harbor Baptist Church, where he made many friends. Gary was also an avid Patriots and Red Sox Fan, watching many games. He shopped at thrift stores regularly and loved playing Bacci Ball. He is well known and loved throughout his family and community of friends.

For the past six months, Gary resided in Milford. His family extends a special thank-you to Tara from Alliance Case Management and the McKay Agency.

Gary is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Katrina Hartley; his granddaughter, Olivia Hartley, all of Sebago Lake; his siblings, Judith Steeves of Rockland, Daniel E. Ames of Lincolnville, Deborah Hendrick of Union; nieces and nephews Richard Steeves Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Cushing, Steven Steeves and his wife, Rada, of Rockland, Jamie Steeves and his fiancée, Joanne, of Union, Jennifer Gillespie, her husband, Uriah, and their son, Gardner, of Waldoboro, Shane Hendrick, his wife, Liz, and their children of Camden, Rachelle Hendrick of South Thomaston; his great-nieces and great-nephews, Rebecca Steeves and her partner, Eric Peddle, Kevin Steeves, Ashley Steeves, Autumn Bellefleur and her husband, Daniel, Amber Acona her husband, Evan, and son Ollivander, Jullian Murphy, Jarib Murphy, his wife, Desi, and their children, Jocelin Wall, her husband, Caleb, and their children; as well as his many friends.

Visiting hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A graveside service at Achorn Cemetery will be announced in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to Maine Special Olympics Inc., 125 John Roberts Road, South Portland, ME 04106.

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