It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alf Ames in Invermere, B.C. in his 91st year.
Born in Birmingham, England he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1928 to Pincher Creek, Alberta.
He served with the Calgary Highlanders during World War II returning in 1946.
On July 5, 1947 he married Olga Scherbaniuk. They remained life long companions and partners.
In May of 1964, Alf and Olga moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. where they opened Ames Paint and Flooring Coverings Ltd. which they operated until they retired and sold the business in May of 1989.
Alf was a tireless supporter of the community of Salmon Arm having been active in many organizations over the years including; The Royal Canadian Legion, The Independent Order of Oddfellows, First United Church, Shuswap Lake Hospital, Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association, Salmon Arm and District Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Downtown Improvement Association, The District of Salmon Arm, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Shuswap Emergency Planning and numerous others.
His contributions are remembered by the presence of community facilities that include the Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Pioneer Lodge, the Salmon Arm Community Center, airport, industrial park and the Salmon Arm Wharf.
Predeceased by Olga in 2013, he is survived by Shelley (Fred) Hopkins of Invermere, B.C., Howard Ames of Calgary, Alberta, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for Alf and Olga Ames in Salmon Arm; date and location to be announced.