John P. May, Educator
John P. May, age 85, of New Castle, DE, died peacefully of natural causes on Tuesday, April 12, 201l, surrounded by his family.
Mr. May was born on May 18, 1925, the son of Polish immigrants, Stanley and Sophia May. He was raised in Oil City, PA, and entered the US Navy at the age of 18. He served in the initial amphibious operation during the invasion of Normandy as a hospital corpsman at Omaha Beach and later as a Marine battlefield corpsman in the Pacific campaign, including the Battle of Okinawa.
After the war he graduated from Salem College with a B.S. in business administration and education. He began a teaching career in 1949 in Havre de Grace, MD, where he met Christine Jones, his wife of 59 years. He taught at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE, from 1953 to 1986, at Goldey Beacom College as an evening instructor for over twenty years, and also worked a series of other jobs to provide for and educate his five children. He will be missed for his unconditional love of his wife, children and grandchildren, and will be remembered for his compassion, generosity, and ever-present sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Christine; five children, John C., Christiane Tuoni-Pike, and Susanne Williams, all of Wilmington, DE, Michael of Nantucket, MA, and Mary Clare Windisch of Basking Ridge, NJ, and their spouses; two sisters, Frances Garbacz and Helen Mansfield of Oil City, PA; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward, and his sisters, Cecilia Guy, Mary Moran, Lottie Hajec and Stella Szabat.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 17th, from 3 pm to 5 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 801 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, April 18th, at 11 am at the church. Interment will follow in Saint Josephs on the Brandywine Cemetery, Greenville, DE.
The family would like to thank the staff at Forwood Manor and Vitas Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713.
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