A longtime Standish resident who died of his injuries following a car crash last weekend was described by family and friends as a loving person who was devoted to his family and church.
Arthur Ames’ vehicle was struck on the driver’s door about 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the intersection of Manchester Road and Route 25 in Standish, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Ames, 84, pulled into the path of another vehicle while turning from Manchester Road on to Ossipee Trail West. He was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. His wife, Evangeline Ames, a passenger in the car, is in fair condition at Maine Medical Center on Wednesday.
Ames grew up in Portland and worked as a machine operator for 40 years at American Can Company, retiring in 1991, according to his son, David Ames. He served as a member of the National Guard.
He and his wife moved to Standish in 1975, and had lived at the same home in Pine Tree Estates off Route 25 since. They were married 64 years and had five children – one daughter and four sons, including David Ames, the youngest.
David Ames said his father, standing at 6-foot-5-inches, was “a large, strange, happy guy – a giant of a man who loved life.”
Arthur Ames and his wife regularly attended Living Stone Community Church regularly. He volunteered in June 2014 to help with construction of the new church on Route 25.
Jeff Hunt, a church elder, described Ames as a “kind, gentle spirit who loved Jesus.” Hunt said Ames “is going to be greatly missed by our folks.”
Ames was also an artist who enjoyed drawing animals and people, his son said. He was a devoted fan of his David’s band, Stolen Mojo Maine, and attended almost every gig with his wife.
David Ames was playing at a show at Old Orchard Beach at the time of the accident.
He said the news felt “like being struck by lightning. We feel dazed and confused, saddened, anxious, and filled with a lot of questions,” as they try to sort through the details of what happened.
David Ames said the family is still working on arrangements for the funeral. They are planning to wait until Evangeline Ames can attend the service.