Eugene H. Ames, of Fairfield, Maine and formerly of Etna, Maine left this world passing through the Pearly Gates on his 74th birthday, March 20, 2011. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a courageous battle and a good fight against cancer. Gene was born in Fairfield on March 20, 1937, the son of the late Horace A. Ames of Brunswick, and the late Beulah Veilleux of Fairfield. He was educated in Clinton and Fairfield schools. On April 12, 1955, he enlisted in the United States Army, and served three years before being honorably discharged on April 15, 1958, with the rank of Sergeant. He went on to learn an apprenticeship with Jerry Vigue as a mason. Later, he was employed for 30 years by Maine Masonry, where he was a Superintendent for 15 years before retiring in 2005. He was a hard worker and always said, Work was his hobby. In his early years, Gene was married to Sandra McDonald and together they had their only child, a son Steven Ames of Oakland. Gene and Sandra divorced later. He married Phyllis Willette of Winslow on March 27, 1976, and they celebrated thirty five years together. Gene was known as the Duke for his liking of John Wayne, and also was known as Uncle Pinkie by some of his nieces, and nephews because he loved the color Pink. His niece Brandis 4th and 5th grade school kids always called him by that name. Gene enjoyed his Thursdays with his brothers and a special cousin Joyce and husband Ray Dickey. He loved all sports, especially girls basketball. His favorite player was Cindy Blodgett. He could be found most days playing a morning game of cribbage in the garage with Phyllis in their P.Js. He is predeceased by his parents; his step-father Lionel Veilleux; his sisters Marion Bailey, and Susan Davis; his brothers Tommy and Chegaw Veilleux; and his former wife Sandra. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Ames of Fairfield; a son Steven Ames of Oakland; a grand daughter Jen, and great grandchildren Riley, Chris, and Mac; his brothers Horace Hoddy Ames, Jr., and his wife Ruth of Massachusetts and Florida, Oral Buddy Ames and his wife Vicki of Benton, Eddie Ames and his wife June of Fairfield, and Donnie Ames and his former wife Brenda both of Winslow. He also leaves a step-son Richie Willette; and a step-grandson Phillip, and step- great gradsons Bradley, and T.J; sister in-law and brother in-law Beverly and James Quirion of Winslow, and Brother in-law Dean Davis of Shawmut; many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gene was especially close to a niece Brandi Forney and her husband Greg and their daughter Jada Rose; and two close nephews Ed Ames, Jr., and his wife April and their daughter Scotland Rose, and nephew Brian Ames and his wife Tammie and their sons Brandon and Sean; and close nieces Tammy Rideout, and Melanie Monk; and a special cousin Ray and Joyce Dickey; his beloved dog Teddy Bear. The family would like to thank all the Doctors and Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center-Thayer Campus, Inland Hospital, HeathReach Hospice, and Fairfield Rescue for their excellent care, kindness, and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank the Chaplin at Thayer Campus and Dr. Garrett for going the extra mile, and with the kind words of comfort. It was greatly appreciated, and much needed at a difficult time. A good-bye from your brother: Youre not only my brother, but, one on my best friends. Ill miss our talks and times together. Thursdays will never be the same. Love ya always, Ed A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Shawmut Chapel, 57 Bray Ave., Shawmut, Maine with the Pastor Steve Donahue officiating.