Peter W. Ames

Feb 08, 2013
Peter W. Ames

South Thomaston — Peter W. Ames, 56, died surrounded by his family at his home, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, following a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Rockland, Oct. 7, 1956, he was the son of Captain Stuart T. Ames II, and Doris O. Fogg Ames. At a young age he moved with his family to South Thomaston, where he attended local schools and was a 1975 graduate of Rockland District High School. Peter later attended Maine Maritime Academy at Castine, where he earned licensure as an Able Bodied Seaman.

At the age of 12, Peter began lobstering off South Thomaston, and soon developed a passion for fishing, which kept him working even during his recent illness. His family said Peter, would rather be on his boat, the FV Twilight working, than anywhere else.

On Oct. 7, 2000, he married his soul mate and the love of his life, Deborah Ann Higgins, in South Thomaston.

Peter was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, who took great pleasure in harassing his grandchildren. Other than fishing, he enjoyed working with his tractor in the woods.

On Oct. 2, 2013, Peter was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community as more than 500 people turned out for a benefit supper in his honor.

Peter was predeceased by his father and a brother, Stuart T. Ames III. He is survived by his wife Deborah; his mother Doris O. Fogg Ames, both of South Thomaston; his son Jameson G. Ames and his girlfriend Danielle Leavitt of Spruce Head; Andrea L. Bonzagni and her husband William of Rockland; one step-daughter, Amy C. Proulx and her boyfriend Jordan Carter of South Thomaston; a step-son, Jeffery S. Rogers and his girlfriend Kriston Floyd of Albion; two brothers, David F. Ames and his wife Michelle of South Thomaston, Daniel E. Ames and his companion Sharon O’Brien of Owls Head; a sister, Mary Ames of Rockland; a sister-in-law, Rose Ames Anderson of New Bern, N.C.; three grandchildren, Aidan, Max and Sean; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

An informal celebration of Peter’s life will be held Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. Pastor John Richards will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dean Snell Memorial Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 104, Brunswick, ME 04011. To share a memory or story with Peter’s family, please visit his online Book of Memories at

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