Jonathan May

Jonathan "Jon" May

June 16, 1932 - January 24, 2019
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Jonathan “Jon” Edwin May, 86, formerly of Harding Street, and later of Melbourne Place, Pittsfield, died Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility.

Born in Pittsfield on June 16, 1932, the son of Edwin and Elise Fillio May, he was a graduate of Pittsfield High School.

A Korean War veteran, Mr. May served with the United States Army from 1952 to 1954.

Mr. May was employed by Bell Atlantic as a contract work inspector. He retired in 1997 with 42 years service. He was also a used-book dealer and was proprietor of J.J. Books in Richmond.

He had been a communicant of St. Teresa Church and had served on the Board of Directors of Pittsfield Cemetery. He was also an ombudsman and inspector for nursing homes in Massachusetts.

Mr. May leaves his wife, the former Josephine “Jo” Salzarulo, whom he married November 25, 1954.

He is also survived by a daughter, Theresa May O’Brien of Monterey; four sons, Edwin A. May (wife Teresa) of Pittsfield, Robert T. May (wife Joni) of Bethlehem, Penn., Christopher J. May (wife Barbara) of Richmond, and Joseph May (wife Jackie) of Lovettsville, Va.; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Jonathan Edwin May will be held Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME with Rev. Thomas Bridgman, Pastor of Grace Church, Congregational, officiating. Calling hours will precede the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare in The Berkshires in care of Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.
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  • Visitation

    January 27, 2019 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    January 27, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Dery Funeral Home
    54 Bradford Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    January 27, 2019 | 1:30pm
    January 27, 2019 1:30pm
    Dery Funeral Home
    54 Bradford Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jen Azbill

Posted at 06:36am
Sending our deepest condolences. Although it has been some time since I last saw Uncle John, I will remember his kindness and love for his family. We are sorry we cannot be there with everyone but hope that you all find peace during this difficult time. Love Jenny Azbill (Salzarulo).

Loretta Scheel

Posted at 03:19pm
Our Deepest Sympathy for your loss. We are always here for you.
With Love
"The Lunch Bunch"
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Robert Weaver

Posted at 09:12am
Wishing you peace and fond memories.
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Richard Salzarulo

Posted at 06:58pm
To my sister “JO” at a time to remember.
I know we remember John as someone who loved and was loved; he was always willing to give advice and it was uselessly “out of the box;” but on point and sound. I fondly recall the one and only time he related and agreed for my sister to attended my Flight School Graduation. We will miss, but not forget, this outstanding and memorable mortal. The legacies and life guiding foundation he provided our family. Thank you john and may we meet again in the hereafter.

Safe travel and continue to guide us!

Love from the “Southern Branch of the Salzarulo’s”

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