John May, 66, of Ashland and Northborough

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John MayAshland/Northborough – John Paul May, 66, of Ashland, passed away Sept. 14, 2018, while surrounded by the love of his friends and family, at the Parlin Hospice in Wayland after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Boston, he was raised in Northborough. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Charlotte (Woods) May.

He was the loving partner of Barbie Schwab of Ashland. He leaves his siblings, Henry May of San Antonio, Texas, Catherine May of Northborough, Dr. David May and his wife Kim of Shrewsbury, and Peter May and his wife Eileen Shannon of Wakefield. He also leaves his aunt, Helen Woods of Wakefield, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews by birth, as well as those who were “adoptions of the heart.”

John graduated from Algonquin High School, 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 E.A. Davis & Co. interior design of Wellesley.

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 Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m., at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. John’s funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, 70 W. Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Roslindale.

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.

When you hear John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s timeless lyrics from “In My Life,” remember John in your hearts.