NEW YORK —?Ames Stevens, a retired textile executive from Gloucester, Mass., died Saturday on his way home from a football game. He was 74.

According to his son, who is also named Ames Stevens, the cause of death was heart failure.

During his time in the industry, Stevens served with a number of major New England firms.

He started his career at the family-owned Ames Textile Corp., which was founded in 1865. He rose to the post of vice president, director and treasurer at Ames. In 1970, he bought off a piece of the Ames business and named it Brooks Woolen Co. He ran that as president and owner until 1988, when it was sold and he retired.

Stevens was affiliated with many textile organizations, serving as chairman of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute’s wool committee, as well as chairing the Northern Textile Association and the National Association of Wool Manufacturers.

In addition to his son, Stevens is survived by his wife, Ruth; two brothers, Edward and George; a sister, Priscilla Rutherford; two daughters, Priscilla Stevens French and Hope Stevens; a second son, Brooks, and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester.

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