William F. “Bill” Ames, 89, of Medina, entered into eternal rest, on April 22, 2020.
Bill was born on November 2, 1930 in Knowlesville, NY, and was the son of the late LeRoy and Helen (Frost) Ames. He was a graduate of Medina High School, class of 1948. He earned his Eagle Scout award when he was 17. He played with the MACS semi-pro football team for several years. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Martha (Fortunato) Ames on June 6, 1950. He enlisted in the US Navy in December 1950 and proudly served his country from 1950-1954, during the Korean War. Bill went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Physical Education. He began his career as a Physical Education teacher in Silver Creek, NY in 1955, went on to teach Physical Education in Neptune NJ, and came back to Medina to teach Physical Education from 1964 until his retirement in 1985. Not only did he influence many young people as an educator, he also inspired many athletes coaching football and wrestling. This led to his most recent capstone achievement of being awarded the Niagara Orleans Foundation Award for his dedicated service to Medina athletic teams, district and community. Bill really loved hunting, fishing, boating, woodworking, and serving as a Mason. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by the love of his life for 70 years, Martha (Fortunato) Ames; a son, William (Cindy) Ames; daughter, Susan (John) Fuller; grandson, William Ames; granddaughters, Megan (Nick) Hermann and Kaitlyn (Evan Barnebey) Gang; great-grandsons, William and Jacob Hermann; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by two grandsons, Joseph Ames and Daniel Gang, and his brother, Robert (Joan) Ames of Lockport.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers memorials would be greatly appreciated in Bill’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western NY, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221, Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, Medina.