MAY, Lorne Richard
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Passed away peacefully at his home in Langley on November 16, 2012. Predeceased by his parents, wife Grace, brothers Jerry, Mervin and Joe, brothers-in-law Merlin Waller and Mel Bathgate, sisters-in-law Doreen, Marion and nephew Kevin. Lorne will be forever missed by his sons Doug (Carol), Steven and Gordon, his grandchildren Liam, Kristoffer, Erin, Lisa, Carrie-Ann, Melodie and Billy and great-grandchildren Zachary, Leeland, Kaleb, Karter, Hunter and Lucas. He also leaves behind his sisters Ruth Bathgate and Elaine Waller, his brothers Don and Orv and his sisters-in- law Dorothy and Gloria. Lorne was the eldest of eight children, born November 7, 1927, to Harold (Hurly) and Loretta (Lett) May of Marquis, Saskatchewan. He farmed with his family until he headed out West to Vancouver in 1943 at the age of 16 and returning to Marquis for thrashing season each summer. He met the love of his life Grace, in Moose Jaw. When Grace and parents moved to the Vancouver area they eventually married in 1949 and settled in Vancouver. During his time in Vancouver Lorne had a varied career in marine and electrical related industries, working for a coastal cruise line, serving time at Burrard dry dock during the war, was a fishing boat owner operator, worked for a couple of marine mechanical/electrical support companies. He became an independent business owner in 1958 started his first marine electrical contract and service company May Marine Electric Ltd, which he successfully ran for 17 years. Eventually selling his company to a major shipyard he took a five- year break as a business owner and managed the company until 1979 at which time he went into partnership with his son Doug to open another marine-electrical business, Van-Mar Electric Ltd. Family was very important to Lorne and he frequently returned to Moose Jaw most recently in 2010 for the 100th Anniversary of Marquis. Lorne loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he spent many hours with them reading, drawing, riding bikes, shooting bb guns, but most of all showing them how to have fun! Upon retiring Lorne kept busy working on his property in Surrey and trying to take time on his boat as some of us know was difficult as there was always the bulldozer to repair, a hole to dig or another tree to cut down. He never really retired, just moved on to other things. A respected businessman, avid sailor, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, Lorne will be missed by those who have had the privilege to know him.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday November 24th at 2:00 p.m. from the Forest Lawn Funeral Chapel, 3789 Royal Oak Avenue (at Canada Way) in Burnaby. Burial to follow within the cemetery grounds.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2012