Richard Ames

July 25, 1948May 14, 2011

Richard Ames At rest after a two year battle with multiple myeloma. Rich was born on July 25, 1948, in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Holy Name of Jesus Grammar School, St. Ignatius High School, and the University of San Francisco. He loved basketball, and he enjoyed great success as a player and coach for many years. Rich served with the San Francisco Fire Department from 1975 to 2003. Rich was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Marcella Ames and by his brother Frank Ames. His beloved wife Alice Maney Ames died in 2003. Rich is survived by his three sons, Justin and Devin, of Sacramento, and Jeremy, of Mansfield, Texas; by Jeremy's wife Dana and Rich's cherished granddaughter Brooke. He is also survived by his brother Jerry, of San Rafael, and his sister-in-law Lois Ames of San Bruno, and by numerous nieces and nephews in the Bay Area. Rich will be remembered as a lover of travel, sports, good books, and lively conversation. Not one to stand on ceremony, Rich offers a few last words: "I enjoyed a gloriously common life, the particulars of which would bore you to death. What could have happened, did." And an Irish blessing, in his name: May the Luck of the Irish possess you. May the devil fly off with your worries. May God bless you forever and ever. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 19, at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato, at 10:30 AM. Donations in Rich's name may be made to Hospice By the Bay.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 19, 2011

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John Sarraille

June 4, 2011

Rich and I were classmates at Holy Name. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Fr. John Greene

May 24, 2011

To the Ames family. Just a note to apologize for not being able to attend Rich's funeral.I had a funeral in my parish at the same time. We have been praying for Rich and all of you at this difficult time.

May 21, 2011

To the Ames family, I had the honor to work with Rich at Station 8, I remember him as always the quiet gentleman, one man of many talents but few words. I will always remember him as a brother in the department.
Paul Chin

Rich Elb

May 21, 2011

To Rich's family. I will always have fond memories of Rich, a truly NICE guy. I also knew his wife Alice from Saint Gabriels grammer school, a real fine young lady. I am sure they are together again in Heaven. Prayers to you all. Rich Elb

May 19, 2011

One of the "truly" good guys. school those boys upstairs Rich! God Bless. jim Lambrechts

May 18, 2011

Rich, the only thing that could match your tremendous athletic skills would be the way you attacked life with humor and philosophy. We love you and miss you... Gene Maher

pete batanides

May 18, 2011

Good times at spring training, cruises,and good times at the river. I'll miss your laugh Rich. Your friend Pete

Barbara Garris-Edwards

May 18, 2011

Oh my goodness how sad this is for you Jerry. My prayers go out to you. I was planning on calling you about Dan O'Keefe and will call you in a couple weeks. I can only imagine your sorrow. I loved the quote your brother gave how wonderful to have had such a life...God Bless You and your family....

marian Power

May 18, 2011

I thank God for the gift of Rich's life and love shared with so many.May he know the fullness of peace with his God and reunion with his loved ones. Mass is offered at St. Peter's and each of you,his loved ones are in my prayers. Sr.Marian Rose Power RSM

Sally Melanephy

May 18, 2011

To the Ames Boys, I am sad to hear about your father's death. Please know that I will keep you and your families in my prayers. I will be unable to attend the funeral because of a lack of transportation. I truly believe that your parents are together now with your grandmother, Marcella.