Robert E. May II
1981 - 2014
Robert E. May II, 33, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, formerly of Hemet, Calif., died April 6, 2014. Mr. May was born in Oceanside, Calif., February 27, 1981 and lived all of his life in Southern California until July 2013 when he moved to Gulf Breeze to live with his Aunt and Uncle, Karen and Mike Jurkowich.
Mr. May was an avid fisherman and though greatly hampered by the ravages of brain cancer, he loved nothing more than to be by the water fishing for whatever came his way. Most of all he was a firefighter, specifically a U.S. Forest Service firefighter with the Big Bear Hotshot crew in California. The Hotshots are the elite of wildfire fighters. They are highly trained firefighters, physically capable of enduring the worst conditions. He loved the long hours and back breaking work and adventure. Carrying a 45-50 lb pack with enough food and water for a couple of days made for the best days of his life. He could talk all day about how to clear a trail for whatever type of wildfire. He became a regular at Gulf Breeze Aerobics and Fitness working every Saturday with his trainer and friend, Dan Balsavich, to get strong again. He also loved that he got to meet several firefighters here in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. It's a brotherhood few would understand, but we do.
His daughters, Ashlyn and Alana, were the most precious things in the world to him. He was so proud to be their Dad.
Robert is survived by his daughters, Ashlyn and Alana of Gravois Mills MO; his mother, Christina Darling (Dave) of Hemet CA; brothers, Trevor and Alex Pike of Hemet CA; his aunts Marina Rimer (Dennis Randolph) of Los Angeles, CA and Karen Jurkowich (Mike) of Gulf Breeze, FL, and numerous cousins and friends. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Howard and the team at the Howard Clinic for their kind and compassionate care of Robert, and to Chief Jonathan Kanzigg of Midway Fire District for giving him his final order and last call.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Pensacola Beach with Rev. James Grebe officiating.
Firefighter Hotshot Robert E. May, you have received your final orders; you have completed your task and your duties were well done.
Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Trahan Family Funeral Home
430 Beverly Parkway Pensacola, FL 32505
Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 10, 2014