Kenneth May (1942-2018)
Beaver Mines AB
My husband, Kenneth May, passed away on August 27, 2018 at the age of 76 after a long and courageous struggle with blood cancer. Ken was an exceptional teacher whose greatest strength was his ability to relate to his students and to help them to develop a love of math. He retired from Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2000 after a rewarding 35-year teaching career.
Ken also loved to write. During the last four years of his life when he was no longer able to be active, he started to write stories which recalled his childhood adventures growing up on a farm in southern Manitoba.
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in the spring of 2020, I decided to publish Ken’s stories into a book in memory of him. I asked an artist friend from Pincher Creek, Bobbi Wendland, to illustrate Ken’s stories. Her colourful pastel drawings really capture the essence of Ken’s stories.
The first copies of Memory Lane Magic were printed in August, 2020, two years after Ken’s death. Ken’s wonderful sense of humour and his love of life shine through in these captivating stories. I have sold or given away over 200 copies of Ken’s book. Half of the proceeds from the sale of Memory Lane Magic were donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada for their virtual Light The Night event in Calgary in October, 2020. It was the fourth event for our “Keep Smilin’” team and our best fundraising effort so far.
Ken’s spirit lives on in his writing. I will continue to honour my husband as I participate in Light The Night each year remembering him and raising money for blood cancer research.