Thomas Edward May, 62, of Cranberry Township, passed away from complications of progressive neurological conditions at Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford on March 19, 2021. The date is especially significant as St. Joseph's Day, which honors the patron saint of fathers, especially adoptive fathers.
From Brunswick, Ohio, Tom was a 1976 graduate of Brunswick High School, and a 1988 graduate of Kent State University. He received an MBA from Strayer University at age 52, with a concentration in sales and supply chain management.
Tom loved basketball, fishing, Penguins hockey, cigars and bourbon, golf, bicycling, fitness, theater, and travel, especially cruises. An avid reader of Civil War literature, Tom participated in reenactments as a Union soldier.
A member for over 30 years and a former board member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills, Tom stood on the side of love, justice and peace. Tom was a friend to all. From cooking and serving at a soup kitchen, to his work mentoring college students and children with emotional needs, Tom gave generously of himself. He was always willing to help wherever he could. His dazzling smile, easy laugh, inclusiveness and joviality were put to good use in his role as sales representative for Georgia Pacific, where his customers and colleagues quickly became his friends.
His favorite role in life was as loving father of Hannah. After her death, he found purpose in life by founding and acting as CEO of the charitable foundation, The Hannah Baldwin-May Legacy Fund, providing an endowed nursing scholarship at Kent State, Irish Dance Scholarships, and grants to digestive disease and animal welfare causes.
Tom was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Carolyn May; his brother, Chester May; and his daughter, Hannah Baldwin-May.
He is survived by his beloved wife and life partner of 41 years, Carla Baldwin; his brothers, Charles (Kristine) May and William May; his sister, Carolyn Chandra; and many cherished nieces, nephews and extended family, loving in-laws, a host of lifelong friends, and his canine companion, Tiko.
MAY — In these confusing COVID-19 times, a commemorative event for Thomas Edward May, who died Friday, March 19, 2021, will be held at a date to be determined.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boylan-Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations to Tom's passion, The Hannah Baldwin-May Legacy Fund (HBMLegacy.org), or volunteering at the charity of your choice in his honor. Raise a toast, spend time in the great outdoors, and hug your loved ones while you can. Life may be short, but let it be as wide as you can make it.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.boylanfuneralservices.com.