Passing of John Ames
 
April 13th, 2015
John Ames

John Ames

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of John Christopher Ames on April 6 after a brief struggle with leukemia. After earning an MBA from the University of British Columbia, John went on to become the third generation CEO of Ames Tile and Stone, founded in 1912. Under his passionate guidance, Ames Tile and Stone achieved the Gold Standard status with Canada’s Best Managed Companies and for the seventh consecutive year was named one of Canada’s Best Workplaces. John was committed to helping others. He founded the Ames Foundation to provide financial support to at-risk youth. He had a special interest in the Boys and Girls Club. Among many charitable activities, the Ride for Cancer was close to his heart. John’s energy knew no limits. He travelled the world and was fascinated in learning about other people and their cultures. He was always ready for a new challenge: backpacking in the Grand Canyon, bicycling in Italy, hiking the Cotswold Walk in England, and waterskiing on his beloved Sakinaw Lake. Apart from all these adventures, what John loved most was being with his family and friends. Son, brother, husband, Dad, partner, uncle, friend – he did it all with style. His incomparable zest for life and loyalty to family and friends will never be replaced in the lives of all who knew him.

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