Richard  May

Obituary of Richard B. May

Richard Buell May, loving husband of Gail Reichenbach May, died March 19, 2024.

He was born August 11, 1930, a son of the late Stuart and Marguerite (Bosworth) May of East Woodstock. He was a retiree from Cuno Corporation and had previously been employed by the CT State Labor Dept. Richard attended Woodstock Elementary Schools and graduated from Woodstock Academy in 1948. He was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and served with a group selected for special assignments in Vietnam, from 1953 to 1954. While in that country, he also volunteered his services with the US Information Service. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended the University of Connecticut. During his military service and in the immediate years following, he sang tenor in choirs and barbershop quartets. He was a past president of the Woodstock Academy Alumni Association and editor of its Gleaner. Upon his marriage in 1977, he and his wife settled in Vernon. Throughout his life, he enjoyed writing, cooking, traveling and establishing friendships with persons from differing cultures. In his senior years, he enjoyed working the daily crossword puzzles, reading, and watching the Boston Red Sox games on TV, most usually with one of his pet cats on his lap. In addition to his wife, Gail, he leaves a sister-in-law, Sara May of E. Woodstock and nephews Dale May, Douglas May, Darrell May, Derek May and their families. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Wesley, and a sister, Sandra.

In keeping with his wishes, a private burial service will be held in East Woodstock.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the May Memorial Library, 15 Prospect Street, East Woodstock, CT 06244 or to the Woodstock Academy Endowment Fund, 57

Academy Road, Woodstock, CT 06281.

The May Family express thanks to St. Marys NursinG Home, West Hartford, with deep appreciation to all the staff at Village at Buckland Court and Members of Hospice Care. Smith and Walker Funeral Home, Putnam, CT, has been entrusted with the arrangements.