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S. Wayne Ames, aged 68 and formerly of Marblehead, died unexpectedly at his home on Thanksgiving evening, November 25. The oldest of three children born to Stanley O. and Beatrice D. (McCready) Ames, Wayne was raised in Marblehead and graduated in the Class of 1960 at Marblehead High School. He worked as a mechanic at the former Frosts Shell Station in town and honorably served in the Massachusetts National Guard before marrying his first wife, Clemence (Sullivan), in 1966. They eventually moved their family to Orland, Maine and actively served together as an inseparable team in their community for more than 30 years. After his first wifes death, Wayne eventually remarried to newspaper journalist Penny-Jo Smith and together they were active members in the Orland Historical Society. Penny-Jo predeceased Wayne in September 2005. Wayne was employed by the Maine Department of Transportation and retired as a district superintendent after 30 years of service. He was the third generation to own and operate the Ames Blueberry Farm in Orland and provided many young people with their first positive work experience. At the time of his passing, Wayne was serving his 40th year as an Orland selectman. Following in his father's and grandfather's history, he earned his 32nd Masonic degree in the Orland Order of Rising Sun Lodge. He also served on the Bucksport Regional Health Center Board of Directors for more than two decades and was its president for much of that time. Part of Waynes legacy is the immense pride and loyalty he shared with his family, friends and community. In return, he earned the love and respect of countless people of all ages from all walks of life, and his passing leaves an empty space in many hearts and lives. Wayne is survived by his sister, Marilyn, and her husband, Nick Freeman, and their son, Lt. Matthew Freeman, of Marblehead; his brother, Mark, and his wife, Karen, of Pembroke, Mass.; two daughters and two sons, Linda, Nancy, Goodwin and Scott and their families, all of Orland, Maine, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on November 30 in neighboring Bucksport, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations were suggested to support the Orland Historical Society, Castine Road, Route 175, Orland, ME 04472.

Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, 2010
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