Lavon ‘Biscuit’ S. Ames, III, obituary

Mon, 02/12/2024 - 1:30pm

VINALHAVEN — Lavon ‘Biscuit’ S. Ames, III, 60, died peacefully, surrounded by many of his loving family members, following an extended period of declining health, Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born in Rockland, September 10, 1963, he was the son of Lavon, Jr. and Bodine MacDonald Ames. Growing up on Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus, Biscuit was a graduate of Vinalhaven High School.

Biscuit began lobstering at the age of 10 alongside his father. By the time he was 15 he was fishing his own traps, and has been on the water, working hard ever since. Even when not lobstering, Biscuit enjoyed time halibut fishing, seining and shark fishing.

When not busy working, he still enjoyed the outdoors, especially going hunting or traveling. Spending time with his children, creating lasting memories was his favorite thing to do. He was an active, hands-on dad, teaching them all how to swim, hunt, and haul traps. Not only was he active in the lives of his own children, his nieces and nephews as well as the neighborhood kids also benefited from his teaching and guidance.

Known for his story telling, Biscuit could turn any memory into a well-spun tale, keeping anyone within ear shot hanging on his every word and always in stitches.

He had a heart of gold and larger than life personality that will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Maxwell Ames and Hossa Anthony; Biscuit is survived by his children, Hunter Ames, US Marine stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Hannah Hamiliton and her husband Cody of Vinalhaven, Dillon Ames of North Haven, Derek Jeffers of St. George; and many grandchildren; his sisters, Carolyn Ames of Matinicus, Jackie Ames of Freeport, Wanda Philbrook of Matinicus, Cathy Oakes of Vinalhaven; the mother of Hannah and Hunter, Kate Bennard of Vinalhaven, with whom he remained close; as well as many nieces and nephews, a large loving extended family and too many friends to name.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 16, 2024, at 11 a.m., at the Union Church, Vinalhaven. A celebration of his life will be announced in the Summer.

Biscuit’s family asks that you share your stories with them on his Book of Memories at so they can read them for years to come. Everyone knows Biscuit could be quite the troublemaker. If there are any stories you would like to share with his family, but not the public, feel free to reach out to his daughter, Hannah.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.