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John Paul "Johnny May"

January 26, 1952 – September 14, 2018

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"We are honored to provide this Book of Memories to the family."
— Hays Funeral Home
"We will always remember your friendship and how you enjoyed Life. I can only hope that you were as happy in your life as your presence..."
— The Joyce family
"To Johnny May, The best neighbor and friend you could ever ask for. To all the exciting stories, block parties and everlasting sunse..."
— The Iarussi Family

Obituary for John Paul "Johnny May" May

John Paul May, 66, of Ashland MA passed away at the Parlin Hospice in Wayland, MA after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, September 14, 2018 while surrounded by the love of his friends and family. Born in Boston, raised in Northborough, MA Predeceased by his parents, James and Charlotte (Woods) May. He was the loving partner of Barbie Schwab, Ashland, MA. He leaves his siblings; Henry May of San Antonio, TX, Catherine May of Northborough MA, Dr. David May and his wife Kim of Shrewsbury, MA, and Peter May and his wife Eileen Shannon of Wakefield, MA. He also leaves his aunt Helen Woods of Wakefield, MA and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews by birth as well as those who were “adoptions of the heart.”
John graduated from Algonquin High then began his career as a professional musician. He was an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, and composer. He graced the stage as a member of many bands including: Populous, Justice, Sunrise Express, the New Boy Scouts, Oracle String Band and the C - Jammers. He also worked for over 20 years at the E. A .Davis & Co. interior design, Wellesley, MA. John's life revolved around his exuberant enthusiasm for music which touched the lives of all who knew him. Full of wit and wisdom, he was a gifted storyteller and teacher, willing to impart his knowledge to others. John was a special kind of friend that everyone hopes for, needs and seldom finds. His greatest accomplishment was achieving sobriety in his last years. He leaves a large hole in many hearts and will be greatly missed.
Calling hours will be held from 5-7PM on Wednesday, September 19th, at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. John’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Thursday, September 20th, at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, 70 W. Main Street, Westborough. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale. To leave a condolence, please visit John’s Book of Memories at
Please consider making a donation in John’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Fund ,501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or MetroWest Cancer Care Center, 99 Lincoln St Framingham, MA 01702
John’s family would like to reference songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s timeless lyrics from ‘In My Life’ as it was one of John’s favorites.
There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all.
Credits: Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney. In My Life lyrics ©

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First Visitation

When Wednesday September 19, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hays Funeral Home
56 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
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Funeral Mass Information

Thursday September 20, 2018 10:30am
St. Luke's Parish
70 W Main St
Westborough, MA 01581

Interment Information

Mount Calvary Cemetery
366 Cummins Highway
Roslindale, Massachusetts 02131
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