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Stephen Jay Ames

September 8, 1946 February 21, 2019
Stephen Jay Ames
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Stephen Jay Ames of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia.

Steve was born on September 8, 1946 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Jay Walter Ames (Martha Ames, his loving step-mother) and Julia Helmheckel. Steve was the eldest of five children. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Strano Ames of Lilburn and Brookville; his three children, Stephanie Ames (Grady Karp) of Seattle, WA, Ryan Ames (Suzanne) of Snohomish, WA, Jay Ames of Lilburn, GA; his four grandchildren, Phoebe Karp, Levi Karp, Luca Ames and Sophia Ames; and four siblings, Chris Ames (Sharon), Brian Ames (Marina), Diana Ames (John Axtell), and Allan Ames (Karen).

Steve was a graduate of Brookville High School Class of 1964. He attended Youngstown Technical after graduation and served six years in the Army Reserves. He married Teresa Strano on December 26, 1970 at Immaculate Conception Church in Brookville, PA. They moved to Atlanta in 1970 where he began his career in the burgeoning technical field as a software engineer and systems architect. He spent his next 40 years honing his analytical mind at work, teaching his kids the meaning of 0’s and 1’s, and muttering to many computer monitors until retiring in 2012. He put everything into his work and likewise put everything into his retirement. He rediscovered some of his creative and artistic interests in his retirement, becoming a true leather craftsman, woodworker, banjo player, and gardener. He drafted detailed plans of every project while listening to his eclectic musical collection with his cats close by his side. He loved passing on his knowledge to his children and grandchildren, who hope to keep his talents alive for years to come.

Our family is hosting a small gathering to remember him on Sunday, February 24th from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, located at 201 Morningside Drive, Buford where he will be cremated. A memorial service and burial will be held in Pennsylvania this summer with details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider donating to The American Heart Association at or Fur Kids Animal Shelter at

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2:00 PM 2/24/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 2/24/2019 4:00:00 PM
Crowell Brothers - Buford

201 Morningside Drive
Buford, GA 30518

Crowell Brothers - Buford
201 Morningside Drive Buford 30518 GA
United States

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