Raymond "Skip" Ames, 78 of Old Saybrook, CT, died Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011, in Old Saybrook. Born March 24, 1933 in New Gloucester Maine, he was the son of the late George Francis and Jeanette (May) Ames also of Maine. He was predeceased by his devoted and loving wife of 41 years, Lorraine (Nicol) Ames in 1997.
He was the last of 11 children having been predeceased by six brothers; Gordon, George, Frank, Eddie, Maynard, John and four sisters; Phyllis, Barbara, Shirley, and Elizabeth.
He is survived by his five loving children; Stephanie Ames of Westbrook, CT, Susan Ames of Skowhegan, ME, Sharon Ames and her partner Alf Jorgensen of Deep River, CT, Sandra Murphy and her husband Dan of Westbrook, CT, and Scott Ames and his wife Christine of Newtown, CT and seven beautiful grandchildren, who cherished him and lovingly called him "Pop-pop". They are Krysta Ames of Skowhegan, ME, Jeanette "Jenny" and Lydia Murphy of Westbrook, CT and Ryan, Mallory, Max, and Shaylen Ames, of Newtown, CT.
He is also survived by his loving companion of six years, Barbara Ball, of Old Saybrook, CT and their poodle, Ruby Dee.
Ray worked for the Old Saybrook Public Schools as a custodian in the Main Street School for many years and later, in the Goodwin School. He went on to finish his working years at St. John Church, also in Old Saybrook.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends; all of whom held him in highest regard. He will surely be missed.
Friends may call at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on Sunday November 27, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m A Funeral Service will be held, Monday November 28,2011 , 11:00am at the Swan Funeral Home. Graveside burial in Cypress Cemetery Old Saybrook will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations in his name may be made to the American Lung Assoc. Ct. Chapter 45 Ash Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3272., or to a charity of the donors choice. To leave an online tribute or condolence please visit www.swanfuneralhomeoldsaybrook.com