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Kenneth "Tinker" May Jr., known affectionately as Tinker to his friends and family, passed away on January 25, 2024, at the age of 64, after a courageous battle with cancer. Tinker was born on September 13, 1959, in Kingston, and took his final breaths surrounded by love in Glenford.
Tinker's life was one marked by dedication, resilience, and a warm sense of humor that could light up any room. He was a cherished father, dedicated son, beloved brother, and an adored "Papa" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His devotion to his family was unwavering, and he was a pillar of strength and comfort to them through all of life's ups and downs.
The bond between Tinker and his daughter, April (Daniel) Cannon Sr., was one of mutual respect and deep love. He was a guiding light in her life and took immense pride in her accomplishments. Tinker also shared a special connection with his sister, Kathleen Santoro, and his brother, Kevin (Dawn) May, who will miss his wisdom and laughter. His soul sister, Christine Kime, will forever cherish the memories and the unbreakable bond they shared. Tinker's former wife, Darcy Cross, remembers him fondly for the shared journey and the beautiful family they raised together.
As a dedicated "Papa," Tinker's grandchildren, Keiarra Cannon, Daniel Cannon II, and Valesecia Williams, along with his two great-grandchildren, were the light of his life. He imparted to them the importance of family, the joy of laughter, and the beauty of nature. Tinker's legacy will continue to live on through the stories and values he passed down to them.
Before retiring, Tinker worked as a molder for Simulaids-Nasco Health Care for approximately 24 years. His commitment to his work was a testament to his strong work ethic and his desire to provide for his loved ones. Tinker also took great pride in caring for his father, Kenneth R. May Sr., embodying the role of a loyal son until his father's passing, just as he did in his own role as a father and grandfather.
An outdoorsman at heart, Tinker found solace and joy in hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the Wittenberg Sportsman Club, where he shared his passion with fellow enthusiasts. His skills as a "red neck mechanic" were well-known, and he loved tinkering with 4-wheelers, tractors, and anything that could rev an engine. He was a devoted fan of NASCAR, cheering on his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr., and never missed a chance to support his beloved New York Giants.
Camping trips were a highlight for Tinker, where he could combine his love for the outdoors with quality time with family and friends. Those who knew him will remember his strong-willed nature, which was always tempered by his ability to make those around him laugh, even in the most challenging times.
His mother, Emily Wright, predeceased Tinker, and the lessons she taught him about life and love were evident in the way he lived each day. Tinker's legacy is one of love, laughter, and the kind of resilience that inspires others to face their own battles with the same courage he displayed.
As we bid farewell to Kenneth "Tinker" May Jr., we celebrate a life well-lived, a man well-loved, and the countless memories that will be treasured by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Tinker's spirit will continue to guide us, just as the North Star guides those at sea, and his memory will be cherished forever in our hearts.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Tinker will be Saturday Feb. 3rd at 12 noon at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia. Friends will be received on Saturday prior to the service from 10am to noon time. A special thank you to the Hudson Valley Hospice for their kindness and care. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Wittenberg Sportsmen's Club, or Catskill Neighbors. You may share a special memory, photo, or condolence with the family on Tinker's Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com
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