George Stanley Ames

  • Born: November 3, 1929
  • Died: May 14, 2020
  • Location: Norwood formerly of Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

George Stanley Ames, 90, formerly of Concord, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Benchmark Senior Living in Norwood. Born November 3, 1929 in Boston MA, he was the son of Oakes Ingalls Ames and Harriet Hatch Ames. He grew up in Cambridge with his older brother, Oakes Ames, and summered in Castine, ME. George was educated at Browne & Nichols School, Milton Academy and Harvard University, receiving a BA in English in 1952.

Soon after graduation, he married Gillian Frances Synge on June 28, 1952, in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, England and entered the Marine Corps. Their early years were spent in Fredericksburg, VA until George was deployed to serve in the Korean War as a tank commander. George remained active in the Marine Corps Reserves, returning to active duty to serve in the Viet Nam War. A highly decorated soldier, George retired from the Marine Corps in 1989 having attained the rank of Colonel.

When George returned from the Korean War, he settled in Concord and joined New England Merchants National Bank as a clerk and then as a trust officer. Known for his patience and his ability to work with people, George's clients included some of the more eccentric customers of the bank. After leaving the bank in the mid 1980's, George worked overseeing the Coolidge Estate in Topsfield, MA and then worked at MIT's Endicott House, where he proudly served until his legs could carry him no further only two years ago.

George had many hobbies over the years each of which he pursued with passion. He was an avid beekeeper and served for many years in the Recreated 10th Regiment of Foot donning the handsome redcoat uniform of a Grenadier officer for Revolutionary War reenactments and parades. He found great joy and satisfaction when tending to his property in Concord, mowing the grass, trimming trees and designing intricate infrastructure to prevent the squirrels from raiding his bird feeders. He was never happier than when surrounded by his family and displayed a special smile for his happiest moments that we all cherished.

In addition to a strong belief in the citizen soldier, George generously gave back to his community serving on the Concord Chapter of the Red Cross, the Board of Directors of the Concord Carlisle Community Chest, the Town of Concord Finance Committee, and the Board of Trustees of Concord Academy.

George was a man of integrity, loyalty and honor and was a gentleman always willing to help those in need. He was treasured by all those who grew to know him and will be greatly missed.

George is survived by the large family he adored and kept close track of, including his children, Elizabeth Ames Macdonald of Westwood, Richard M. Ames of Kiawah Island, SC., John B. Ames of Concord, and Robert O. Ames of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be scheduled at a later date.

Gifts in his name may be made to
New England Center and Home for Veterans
17 Court Street, Unit 2601
Boston, MA 02108

Condolence & Memory Journal

How very sad I was to hear that George had passed away. He was a real gentleman who visited us, the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, a number of times over the years, both in Germany and the UK, whilst a member of HM 10th Foot in America. We had a huge amount of fun together and he will be remembered for his quiet charm and modesty which disguised his distinguished record of service for his country.
Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathies. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as, of course, is George.
Kevin Hodgson.

Posted by Kevin Hodgson - Appleby-in-Westmorland - Served in the Military together   June 10, 2020

George was a very special man, understated and modest despite his many achievements and military service. All of us in 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who had the privilege of knowing him through his membership of HM 10th Foot In America will remember the good times spent with him in Germany and UK and on visits to Boston, and also at the Tattoo in Bermuda. Great memories of a good friend. Mike Beard

Posted by Mike Beard - UK - Friend   June 07, 2020

George was a great man and a good friend and I shall dearly miss him. I spent much time with George and Leo Lynch as we traveled to and from the UK and Germany to visit the Royal Anglian Regiment and enjoy their hospitality. Please accept our condolences and sympathy at this sad time and know we will always remember him as the wonderful man he was.

Jim and Crin Coull

Posted by Jim Coull - Amherst, NH - Friend   June 07, 2020

He was a class act, great to work with and admired by all his bank colleagues. Sincere sympathy to his family,

Posted by Katherine Leen - Woburn, MA   May 27, 2020

I'm sad to learn of Mr Ames passing.Many memories of him in the Southfield neighborhood.I remember his quiet ,steady manner and also his mischievous sense of humor as we kids were ambushed on a couple of occasions by the Marines!Helping extract the honey from the hivesthen being treated to ice cream at Bates Farm!Happy memories.
My thoughts are with The Ames at this sad time.

Posted by Freelon Morris - MAYNARD, MA   May 24, 2020

Freelon Morris

Posted by Freelon Morris    May 21, 2020

Rest in peace George. It was an honor to know and work with you for over 20 years at Endicott House. Your tremendous work ethic, compassion and friendship inspired all. You will be greatly missed. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all in the Ames family.

Posted by Mike Fitzgerald - Dedham, MA   May 21, 2020

Godspeed, George. Thank you for your selfless contributions to the 10th Regiment of Foot. It carries on today in large part thanks to your efforts many years ago.

Posted by PAUL OSHAUGHNESSY - LEXINGTON, MA - Friend   May 19, 2020

Dear Richard and family,

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know he will be missed and hoping your memories sustain you in the days ahead.

Jane Tolleson and family

Posted by Jane Tolleson - Atlanta, GA - Family   May 19, 2020

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