William May

Obituary of William Matthew May

April 16, 1926 - January 11, 2021


William Matthew “Bill” May passed away on January 11, 2021 from COVID-19. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean (Kermack); companion, Betty Fortier and children, Lori May and Doug May. 


Bill was born April 16, 1926 in Strathmore to Matthew and Nellie May. He enlisted in the army in 1944, then joined the CPR working alongside horses raking hay. From there, he worked in mechanics and milk delivery before settling in as a grader operator for the next 32 years. Until his health prevented him, he was an avid curler and golfer. He spoke fondly of travelling Canada with Jean, and later Betty. Many recall the silly musical horn he attached to their motorhome, his expert BBQ skills, a cap for every occasion, and his infamous exclamations “is that right!” and “son of a gun!”. In his later years, Bill could be found having his morning coffee at the local dealership (he was never without the latest vehicle), and lunches at Smiley’s. 


Bill is survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Shannon Jorawsky (Riley and Tyson) and Cameron Bardas (Alice Emily, Josie) as well as Betty’s family, Melanie Winters (Rick), Chase Winters (Jemma, Nova), Jesse Winters (Jayla, Kassen, Haisley), Diana Kelly (Martin), Laura Cornez (Shawn, Ivy, Finn), Kirsten McFarlane (Taylore, Shelby), Dean Fortier, Lacy Fortier-Shelby (Marcus), Dustin Fortier (Chelsea, Grayson, Beckett), Desiree Fincaryk (Tyson, Maclin), Sheri Billingsley. A special mention to Bill’s friend Ron for visiting and helping where he could, as well as  all of the staff at AgeCare Sagewood for their kind and loving care over the last four years. 


In light of current community restrictiions, a service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Resident Council – AgeCare Sagewood, 140 Cambridge Glen Drive, Strathmore, Alberta T1P 0E2. 

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