Thomas Gene Ames' life journey which began on May 24, 1956 ended on September 26, 2013 after 57 years when he was called home. He has joined his grandparents, Clarence and Mable Ames and Maxwell and Helen Ludwig; his parents, Donald C. and Gertrude J. Ames; his sibling, Donald, Jr.; and his beloved niece, Lisa Christine Maas.
Thomas, after high school, worked at National Forge and Sears Dept. Store before becoming a victim of a traumatic brain injury. Despite the adversity of the injury, Thomas' determination to live was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Because of his pride and love for his nieces and nephews, and children of all ages, even his loving siblings, Lawrence C. Ames (Janet), Roger A. Ames (Karen) and Laura Ames-Maas (Vicki Carson), he was endearingly known as "Uncle Tommy" or "Your Brother" and always will be.
So proud he was of Nicole Brimmer (D.J.), Kelly (Lisa) and Melanie Maas, Danielle and Samantha Ames, and Alex and Dylan Brimmer, he cherished every moment spent with them. His eyes would light up and he was always beaming in their company. From game playing, building snowmen, to playgrounds, to babysitting, they were the love of his life. Nicknames ran amuck in our family and the children were never excluded from this family tradition… from Tubby to Turkey to T-N-T dynamite, as well as many more. Of course, you must know then Thomas had his own … "Big Peeg," lovingly called that by Larry "Muskrat", Roger "Ramjet", Laura "Little Peeg" and Vicki, part of the "Cagney & Lacey" team.
Sports were an essential part of his life from Little League baseball to City Rec softball to moving on to the Erie Codgers. Not only a participant, but an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kansas City "Chefs", Atlanta Braves and especially the Erie Sea Wolves…he was the one always chasing the foul balls, even outside of the stadium. Not only did professional sports engulf Tommy, but he followed high school sports and knew every team's accomplishments. But he was none prouder than of his own family members' achievements, attending every event one participated in, to clipping every article or score and treasuring them.
So blessed we were to have had such a dedicated brother and uncle who will inspire us all the rest of our lives. Memories of Nerf basketball, football, wiffle ball and dart throwing at our Nutty Mad collection will never fade. The Lord has taken Thomas home and has ended his suffering, that we could not on this earth, and with that we will find comfort.
Thomas, my brother, I will love you forever and never forget you in death as you have inspired us through the life you have lived. May you now be at peace and find comfort in God's hands.
Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road, on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the funeral service there at 6 p.m. To send condolences, please visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Erie Times-News from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2013