Alvah Ames

Mar 12, 2018
Alvah Ames

Rockland — Your friend, our father, Alvah Ames, passed away March 7, 2018, from complications of health maladies. Alvah completed 89 years of an extremely active and satisfying life. He enjoyed people and made being with all of us a priority throughout his life. That was his definition of richness.

Alvah, born Oct. 28, 1928, in Rockland, was the son of Lavon and Julia Ames. He was the sixth of eight children.

Alvah's path in life included his personal glory and pride of serving his country. This started with his enlistment in the Navy as a 17-year-old at the end of World War II and ended in 1969 as honorably discharged from the Army as chief warrant officer, having also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Alvah, with wife Dorothea (Woodcock) and three children (Michael, Denise, Dwayne), would return home and commence his next working career as a lobster fisherman on Matinicus. We were welcomed home and supported by family and friends alike in this transition and he would remain actively fishing well into his 86th year.

Alvah's experiences, shared through his storytelling, were quite interesting, colorful and amazing when one considers his place of origin. He was proof that any kid, regardless of social class, could, with ambition, perseverance, courage and a plan, successfully achieve their dreams. This behavior was also confirmed by the willingness of others in their kindness and support to help him and he returning the support. This poor but proud boy from Matinicus was a capital success for himself, his family and his country. He wished this for everyone; family, friends, all people.

Alvah wanted no sorrow over his passing and said many times that every day after 75 was a bonus and that life owed him nothing. He wanted all of us to reflect and hopefully find celebration in his life as a way to help us move forward in our own successes. And do so in proper attitude, respect, patience and kindness. Or, in one word: love.

There will be a service and celebration in late spring or early summer. The family deeply appreciates everyone's kindness and reaching out to us during this mysterious moment of life.

Alvah is survived by many and none is more important than the other. However, he did have favorites!

Any consideration for donations in memory should be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104; as Alvah was a Shriner and strongly believed in the philanthropy efforts of this organization.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Alvah’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Paul E. Benjamin | Mar 13, 2018 18:54

End of an era...very sad! He was an amazing guy!  AKA Dreamy he was kind funny and compassionate. Prayers, sympathy and love to all his family! Karen Anderson

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