Eugene R. "Gene" May
Eugene "Gene" R. May, age 91, surrounded by family and friends, peacefully returned to his heavenly home on Sept. 24, 2016. Gene, born on Jan. 11, 1925, in Scranton, was the first of four children born to Kathleen (née Salmon) and Robert May. Gene was drawn to a life of faith from a young age and attended religious formation with the Christian Brothers in Maryland as a teenager. His love of God was reflected in his love of country. With WWII underway, Gene answered America's call to serve. Gene joined the Marine Corps on Dec. 11, 1942. Gene's strength of character (and characteristic wit) would lead him to the Central Pacific and China. On Aug. 13, 1946, Gene was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. His work ethic strong as ever, Gene returned home to Pennsylvania to pursue his education at the University of Scranton. Along with his love of God and love of country, Gene was defined most by his love of family. On April 10, 1948, Gene married grade-school classmate - and soul mate - Rita Conboy. The inseparable pair would welcome 11 children into the world over the next 15 years. As a senior business executive, Gene's job led the family to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia and to a posh Key Biscayne hotel that was never the same after the May clan called it home. Throughout the many chapters of his life, Gene was always guided by his values. His dedication to service, brotherhood and community impacted the lives of many. To know Gene is to know that his achievements were made greater by his humility, and his legacy made stronger by his enduring commitment to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gene was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Rita; his parents; his brother, Bobby; his sister, Mary Ann; and his son-in-law, Tom. Gene is survived by his 11 children, his 14 grandchildren, his 16 great-grandchildren; his brother, Johnny; and his later in life companion, Joyce Barry.
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