James Jim Marshall Ames

April 18, 1926January 31, 2013

James Ames Cocoa, FL

Jim Ames died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at home. Jim will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and a friend to all he met. He enjoyed all sports, golfing, softball, umpiring, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan. Jim was born April 18, 1926 in Newell, PA ,moved to Beallsville, PA at the age of 2, and then to McKeesport, PA at the age of 19. Before moving to Florida, Jim had numerous jobs that he was proud of. He was the caddy master before becoming the assistant golf pro at Shannopin Country Club outside of Pittsburgh. Jim reluctantly had to leave the golfing world to work in the steel mill at J&L Steel Corp to help support his siblings. He worked for Fairchild Aircraft, was a cab driver and was also a dance instructor for the Arthur Murray School of Dance in the 1950’s, just to name a few. After moving to Florida, Jim was a detective lieutenant for the Rockledge Police Department in the 1960’s. From there he worked in security at Sears, transitioning to a top furniture salesman, eventually retiring after nearly 30 years with Sears. Jim umpired softball for 40 years for Brevard County and was eventually Umpire in Chief until his death. In retirement, Jim worked as a starter at Turtle Creek Golf Course. Jim was an active member of Rockledge United Methodist Church, and also attended Cocoa Presbyterian Church with his wife. He was a member of the Merritt Island Moose and the Elks. Jim is survived by his wife Jean; his sons Mark “Duke” (Sandra), Brad (Tracy), Jimmy (Carole), and Jeff; one daughter Diane; 2 step-daughters Leslie (David), Chris (Pete); 10 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his late wife Shirley; his mother, father, step-father, 3 brothers and 1 sister. A service will be held Saturday, February 9th at 3pm at Rockledge United Methodist Church. A special thanks to Hospice of Health First, Dr. Ruiz, Brenda (his hospice nurse), Dr. Snow, and Valerie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rockledge United Methodist Church or Cocoa Presbyterian Church.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2013

James Jim Marshall Ames

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February 21, 2013

You are missed by so many people Dad..........take care, and remember to save a seat for me in Heaven. Diane

Scott Hartling

February 10, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the entire Ames family. Growing up with Duke & Brad I got to know Jim and he was truly a good man. He had a positive impact on so many of use and will be missed by all. May you all take some comfort knowing he touched so many lives.

Pete Delis

February 10, 2013

When Jim married Jean he instantly became another grandparent for our kids. He was always a great guy to be around and will be missed. Love you Jim. Rest In Peace.

Bill & Katie Posey

February 10, 2013

One of my favorite Jim Ames stories dates back to the sixties when he worked for the Rockledge Police Department. Jim caught a hot rodder (NOT ME) spinning his tires in the street and laying long streaks of burned rubber. Rather than arrest the kid, and give him a police record, Jim made the kid remove the tire marks from the asphalt with a bucket of soap and a scrub bush. Jim's thoughtful, kind, and common sense approach to situations made him not only well liked, but respected. He was a good friend to so many, and would give almost anyone the shirt of his back. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ames family in sympathy.

February 9, 2013

What a nice man Mr Ames always was. Always ready to help do something around the little leauge fields.I was also there there one night when he and Duke were playing pool at Normans,someone was giving Duke the business,and Mr.Ames turned that pool cue around and was ready to show that guy the busisness end of it.Just always such a nice,gentle soul.He will be missed.My condoleces to the family.

Ted Langdon

Monica Van Leeuwen

February 8, 2013

What a wonderful man Jim was - always ready with a joke and a smile - he will be truly missed. My prayers go out to the family. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand to help comfort you. May the joy of all the wonderful memories you have help to heal your heart.

Cindy Seymour

February 7, 2013

Duke, Brad and Tracy-- After reading this it seems I hardly knew the man I dearly loved! From the moment I met him at the Bank-- before joing RUMC---we were instant friends, I think he left an hour prior to tee time just to visit with "his girls at the bank" He always had stories of his past and couldn't leave until the jokes were he could remember so many is beyond me!...And years later I finally told him what ALL of his girls would say when he left "He smells soooo good" He laughed and laughed and then gave all the credit to Shirley. After that of course I had to say the same thing while getting my weekly 'Jim hug' He was a wonderful man, I was lucky to have him in my life, and you were Blessed to have him as a father. Love, Cindy

Ed McNamara

February 7, 2013

Duke, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know you have fond memories of your father and am sure he was very proud to have such a great son as you. Peace and love, my friend.

Joan Varecka

February 7, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

February 7, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, on the passing of your father.
God Bless,
Becky Hartselle