Addison W. Ames, Sr., service and obituary

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 6:00pm
A Memorial Service for Addison W. Ames, Sr., 86, who died on December 23, 2020, will be held Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 11:30 a.m., at Ame’s Wharf in Vinalhaven with Elder Robert Candage officating. Private interment will be held in Cummings Cemetery. 
Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.


VINALHAVEN — Addison Wallace Ames, Sr., peacefully passed away at his home on Thursday, December 24, 2020, after a period of declining health.

Born in Vinalhaven on June 11, 1934, he was the son of Clyde and Ruth (Young) Ames. He grew up in the Old Harbor area and attended local schools. On April 8, 1953, he married Donna Amy Woodcock, also of Vinalhaven.

Addison, also known as “Sonny” or “Harve,” was a lobsterman, starting from an early age. He also worked with his family when his sons established the Ames Brothers Forestry Service.

Most important to him was spending time with family, which included many cookouts at the family wharf on Old Harbor and celebrating birthdays and holidays, Christmas being his favorite. He loved animals, especially the several golden retrievers that were part of the family over the years, and he gave them all much love and attention. “Harve” enjoyed trips to the mainland with family to shop and attend fairs in the summer and fall. He also liked trips to the Patten area with his sons for moose and bear hunting.

He loved living beside “The Basin,” watching eagles, ducks, Canadian geese, and seals. If anyone stopped by his home to visit, he was often found by the kitchen window watching the deer across the cove.

Predeceased by his parent; wife, Donna; and son, Patrick; he is survived by his sons, Donald Ames and his wife, Jeanne Bineau-Ames; Addison, Ames, Jr.; Daniel Ames and his wife, Linda Whittington Ames; daughter, Diane Ames; grandchildren, Elijah Bineau-Ames, Owen Bineau Williams, and Hilary Walker; great-grandson, Bentley Eaton; and several cousins, all of Vinalhaven.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Islands Community Medical Center or to the Vinalhaven Emergency Medical Services.

A Memorial Service will be announced in June. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.