GREENACRES, Fla. -- Randall Mark Ames, 56, died on Thursday, Sept. 18, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on March 10, 1958, in Waterville, Maine, to his parents Horace and Ruth Ames, of Worcester, Mass., and Greenacres. He graduated in 1976 from Burncoat High School in Worcester, Mass., studied horticulture and music, then drove a tractor trailer truck for 25-plus years, locally and over-the-road.
He loved singing and writing music, playing harmonica, guitar, keyboard, piano and flute for any opportunity. Mr. Ames was a faithful, active member of West Pines Baptist Church in Greenacres and he was active in his local recovery group.
Mr. Ames is survived by his parents, Horace and Ruth Ames; his wife, Dianna L. Ames of Greenacres; his son. Randall M. Ames Jr. of Clinton, Mass.; his step-daughter, Lindsay Ames of Shrewsbury, Mass., his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Mary Laurence of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his step-daughter, Michelle J. Ladd of Knoxville, Tenn.; his brother, Horace Ames III and Terry of Ware, Mass.; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Pamela Ames of Shrewsbury, Mass.; brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Kim Ames of Boylston, Mass.; four nieces, Emily and Abby Ames and Brooke and Erin Ames; two grandchildren, Brandon Gregory and Sydney Rose Laurence; and several special aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends from church and from his recovery group.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Ave., Worcester, Mass.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.