Harry O. Ames, 80, West Carthage

WEST CARTHAGE, NY —  Harry O. Ames, 80, of 11 N. Jefferson St., West Carthage, died Sunday, Oct. 24,2021, at the Carthage Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Harry was born on Oct. 13,1941, in Watertown, the son of the late Howard and Marion (Walton) Ames. He was a 1960 graduate of Carthage Central School.

He married the former Diane M. Bezanilla on Dec. 28, 1963, in Black River.

In April of 1961 he went to work for Niagara Mohawk in Syracuse working in underground department, eventually transferring to Watertown and worked as a mechanic. In 1963 he came to Carthage and became a lineman for numerous years. After the close of the garage in Carthage, he was based in Lowville and retired in April of 2001 as a Chief Line Foreman.

Harry and Diane traveled to Florida each winter for many years after their retirement. Diane just recently passed on May 21, 2021.

Harry took immense pride in his home, his cars and his pool which were always immaculate. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, golfing, NASCAR, and all sports. He enjoyed spending lots of time with his grandchildren. In the early 1960s he played fast pitch softball and was a catcher for the Black River Oil Team of Carthage. In the 1970s he coached the West Carthage Hornets Peewee baseball team.

Harry was a member of BPOE Lodge # 1762 in Carthage and Carlowden Country Club in Denmark.

He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey (Kellie) Ames, Deferiet and Mark (Marguerite) Ames, Mooresville, NC; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Mariana, Spencer and Samantha Ames; a brother, Howard (Sandy) Ames, Black River; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Audrey (Paul) Britton.

A prayer service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.

To leave a condolence, go to www.bezanillafh.com.