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Richard Ames

Richard Ames At rest after a two year battle with multiple myeloma. Rich was born on July 25, 1948, in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Holy Name of Jesus Grammar School, St. Ignatius High School, and the University of San Francisco. He loved basketball, and he enjoyed great success as a player and coach for many years. Rich served with the San Francisco Fire Department from 1975 to 2003. Rich was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Marcella Ames and by his brother Frank Ames. His beloved wife Alice Maney Ames died in 2003. Rich is survived by his three sons, Justin and Devin, of Sacramento, and Jeremy, of Mansfield, Texas; by Jeremy's wife Dana and Rich's cherished granddaughter Brooke. He is also survived by his brother Jerry, of San Rafael, and his sister-in-law Lois Ames of San Bruno, and by numerous nieces and nephews in the Bay Area. Rich will be remembered as a lover of travel, sports, good books, and lively conversation. Not one to stand on ceremony, Rich offers a few last words: "I enjoyed a gloriously common life, the particulars of which would bore you to death. What could have happened, did." And an Irish blessing, in his name: May the Luck of the Irish possess you. May the devil fly off with your worries. May God bless you forever and ever. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 19, at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato, at 10:30am. Donations in Rich's name may be made to Hospice by the Bay.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 18, 2011
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