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MAY, Robert “Garth”

April 1, 1947– Russell, MB
October 25, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Robert “Garth” May beloved husband of Gayle of Calgary, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the age of 66 years. After two years of battling, Garth passed peacefully with his family holding his hands.

Garth worked as a structural engineer for PCL Construction for seventeen years. For the past twenty-five years, Garth and family went on to become the owners of multiple Kernels Popcorn Franchised stores in the city of Calgary.

Besides his loving wife Gayle, Robert is survived by son and daughter-in-law Robert and Lori May; two daughters and sons-in-law Kimberley and Mike Magowan and Jackie and Nate Gardner; eight grandchildren; and five siblings. He was predeceased by his parents Walter “Wally” and Norma May, and his mother-in-law Rose Petersen.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada, Southern Alberta, Suite 4, 2308 -24 Street S.W. Calgary, AB T2T 5H8, Telephone: (403) 228-3666, www.makeawish.ca.

In living memory of Garth May, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Todd, Connie, Josh & Ben Stranden :

    Gayle & Families:

    Words cannot express our deepest sympathies to you at this time. You all remain in our hearts and in our prayers. It only took a short time In Garth’s company to realize the depths of his character, zest for life, and love for his family.

    May the memories you have be a constant reminder of the Great man he was and offer you comfort at this time.

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  2. To Kim and Mike, and all of your family,
    My deepest condolences at this difficult time. I hope you can find comfort together.
    “That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love
    deeply becomes part of us.”
    – Helen Keller

    Hugs

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  3. Carolyn Macgregor :

    Gayle, Rob, Kim, Jackie and families,

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    In thinking of Garth, words like warm, generous, kind, integrity, funny and one of a kind come to mind. Garth was a man with big boots and an even bigger heart!

    With deepest sympathy
    Carolyn

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  4. I am so sad for yor loss. Garth was sweet, and funny, and fun, and straight speaking, and so very special. He was my first cowboy (well, other than John Wayne) and his memory is deeply imbeded within me. I offer all of you my deepest condolences! Long live the memory of Garth!! With love, scott

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Garth was sweet, and funny, and fun, and straight speaking, and so very special. He was my first cowboy (well, other than John Wayne), and Garth’s memory is deeply embeded within me. I offer all if you my deepest condolences! Long live the memory of Garth!! With love, scott

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  6. Condolences to all of you. Garth will be so missed by all who knew him. My favorite memory of time spent with Garth and family were laying in the grass at Christina lake, drinking beer and looking at the milky way! Of course none of us will ever forget our “naked” fishing trip! May warm memories help you all through this difficult time. Fran and Al

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  7. Bernice Sinopoli :

    Gayle, Rob, Kim and Jackie,

    I admired Garth’s deep commitment to his family, friends and business.
    The sense of loss that is felt at this time is only made bearable by the wonderful memories we share of Garth and how lucky we were to have had him in our lives. Let’s hold on to those smiles, hugs and kisses that he gave so generously. Xo Bernice

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  8. albert omotani :

    It was with sorrow that I read about Garth passing away. I was however pleased to know that he was very blessed with raising a good family and business. Mom and Dad “May” would have been proud. Sincerely albert.

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  9. George and Edna Jacklin :

    Dear Gayle:
    He was a special man. Deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Hopefully your wonderful memories will help ease the pain. Our deepest sympathy. George and Edna Jacklin

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  10. Chris and Julie Hughes :

    Dear Gayle and family. It was with great sorrow that we heard the news from Carolyn of Garth’s passing. We sincerely hope that the strength of your fine family will carry you through this very difficult time.
    Sincerely, Chris and Julie

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  11. Don and Dorothy Pickett & Family :

    Gayle & Families:

    Sorry we couldn’t be with you at this difficult time.

    May you find comfort in knowing that others share in your sadness.

    With Love,
    Don & Dorothy Pickett & Family

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  12. Fred & Daisy Kinniburgh :

    Dear Gayle and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Garth. With communication with Gale and Marilyn we have been able to keep up to date on his fantastic day to day strength and struggles. He was definitely a hero.

    Sincerely, Fred & Daisy Kinniburgh

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  13. Dwaine and Jo Anne Turnbull :

    Dear Gayle and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Garth’s passing. Haven’t seen you folk’s for a long time. Where do the year’s go. Think back of the good times we had together, and growing up with Garth. Good memories. Am working operating loader for Chinook Carriers, loading beet’s for the factory. Saw the obituary in tonights paper and could not arrange for time off tomorrow. We are thinking of you at this sad time. Take care.
    Dwaine & Jo Anne

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  14. Trevor & Natalie Nagy & Family :

    Gayle & Family,

    We are deeply sorry to hear of Garth’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Garth was such a kind man with a fantastic sense of humor! We will forever hold our memories of him in our hearts.
    Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. ~Einstein

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  15. Dear May family please accept my deepest condolences. I’m very sorry for your loss, words cannot describe how hard this must be for you all, please know that my prayers are with you now and always!
    Dave

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  16. Gayle and family.I would like to pass on my deepest sympathy to you and yours to hear of the passing of Garth.He was a great man and will be dearly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.God bless.

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  17. Mitzi Ishida and Kerry Ishida :

    To The Family of Robert Garth May,

    What a shock to learn of the passing of Your Husband, Dad, Brother and our old Friend way back friend from Taber and the United Church Hi-C group.

    Our Very Deepest Sympathy at this Sad Time.

    Mitzi Ishida and Kerry Ishida

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  18. Pamela Hildebrand :

    To the May family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of a husband, father and “Papa”. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend today’s services but want you all to know that you’re in my thoughts.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Pam

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  19. Russell and Hazel West :

    Gayle and May family:
    Sorry we can not be there with you today to greet and comfort you with memories of Taber. All of the May family have left their mark here. Our kids were special friends in some way to your family that lived only a block away.
    We knew Wally and Norma and are thinking of them today as Garth links to them in the family chain once more.
    Thanks Marilyn for lovingly naming us Mom and Pop in place of them – what an honour.
    Love and prayers for comfort and the reassurance that life goes on.
    Russell and Hazel (Mom and Pop).

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  20. Don and Marion Hamilton :

    Gayle and Family,

    We were saddened to hear that Garth had left us – our thoughts are with you at this time. May memories of happy times comfort you in the coming days.

    Don and Marion Hamilton

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  21. Vicki and Marv Clifton :

    To the May family,
    We are sorry for the loss of your husband, dad and grandpa. He was a hard working and fun loving guy and that’s such a great combination. He leaves behind lots of people who will miss him and that’s the mark of a life well lived. We hope the thoughts and prayers of friends and relatives will lift you up at this sad time and may memories of Garth always keep him close.

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  22. Phyllis and Vern S. :

    Bear Gayle and Family,
    So saddened to hear of Gatht’s passing.I have so many fond memories of him right from when he was a little guy and over playing with Calvin,and of course when we were all grown up and married.Cherish all the wonderful memories.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
    Phyll and Vern

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  23. Eunice Njoroge :

    I just learnt that Garth passed away. I worked with him at the Eaton Centre. I have lost someone that I relied on for references and just to chit chat whenever I would pass by the store. My condolences to all his family. Gayle (so much respect for you for giving me my first job ever in Canada) and Rob who would come down to help and check on us.

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  24. Terri and Dennis Moro & Family :

    Gayle, Robert, Kim and Jackie

    We all wish to express our deepest sympathy in Garth’s passing. Garth will always be remembered for his kindness and willingness to help us with our inquiries to the great popcorn business. But mostly he was so eager to tell us of his wonderful family and great family adventures. God speed Garth!

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