John Ames

Hi everyone,

It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the news that long time SLSBC member John Ames has passed away. He passed away on April 6th, it was a very sudden illness that spread quickly. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia with no real treatment options.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ames Family at this very difficult time. The memorial will be Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 pm at Capilano Golf Course.

The obituary and additional memorial details are available here.

Your SLSBC Executive Team

October 17, 1949 – April 6, 2015

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of John Christopher Ames on April 6 after a brief struggle with leukemia. John was predeceased by his father Jack in 2008. He is survived by his devoted mother June, loving wife Debra, his sons Andrew and Michael (Bianca and grandson Alexander) and his sisters Janet (John Kearns and nephews Mark and Brian) and Becky (Larry Citra and niece Meghan). He will also be greatly missed by his aunt Betty Carlson, his cousins and his sisters -in-law Sheryl, Christine and Sandra and his nieces and nephew Leah, Holly, Maegan, Jessica, Julia and Matthew. John shared the last year of his life with his wonderful partner Janice McShane. John was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended St. George’s School and earned an MBA from the University of British Columbia. He went on to become the third generation CEO of Ames Tile & Stone, founded in 1912. Under his passionate guidance, Ames Tile & 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 Family 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 to Conquer 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 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. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Sunday, April 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 at Capilano Golf and Country Club, 420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Society.