Obituary: William T. “Bill” Ames, Beloved Family Man And Community Leader 2024


Obituary: William T. “Bill” Ames

Obituary: William T. “Bill” Ames

Former Westborough resident, 95

READFIELD, Maine – William T. “Bill” Ames, 95, of the Balsam House in Readfield, Maine, formerly of Westborough, Mass., died at home, Saturday, June 1, 2024. He was the husband of 68 years to the late Joan (Shoppe) Ames, who died in 2019.

Early Life and Education

Bill Ames was born in Westborough, Mass., on January 1, 1929, the son of the late Thomas and Mary (Smith) Ames. He graduated from Westborough High School in 1947 and went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1951.

Military Service

After graduating from college, Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1953.

Career and Retirement

Bill worked as a mechanical engineer for General Motors for over 30 years. He retired in 1991 and moved to Maine with his wife, Joan. They built a home on Pleasant Pond in Belgrade, where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Family and Community Involvement

Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was also an active member of his community. He served on the Belgrade Board of Selectmen for several years and was a member of the Belgrade Lions Club. Bill was also a volunteer at the Belgrade Food Pantry and the Belgrade Historical Society.

Hobbies and Interests

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, playing golf, and woodworking. He was also a talented photographer and had a passion for genealogy. Bill was a lifelong learner and always eager to try new things.


Bill Ames will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was always willing to help others. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a dedicated member of his community. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Arrangements

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Pickering & Son Westborough Funeral Home, Westborough, Mass. For his complete obituary and service details, please visit