Charles Frederick (Fred) MAY

Fred passed away peacefully with his wife, Nesta and daughter Leanne at his side. Fred was born in Birtle, MB to the late Herb and Mary May. He did his schooling in Ganges on Salt Spring Island, where he met his highschool sweetheart Nesta. They were married in 1952.

Fred was employed by Canadian Pittsburgh Industries, Victoria BC until his retirement in 1985 when Fred and Nesta moved to Qualicum Bay to the waterfront home he loved so much. Fred loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, hiking, and especially traveling the continent in their motorhome.

He is lovingly remembered, and will be greatly missed by his wife and best friend Nesta, his daughter Leanne Foulger, his son David May, and daughter-in-law Kim. Left with loving memories of their “Papa” are his grandchildren, Grant, Jennette and Stephen Foulger, Nicole and Trevor May. They will all miss his warm hugs and caring ways. He is also survived by his 2 sisters, Edeith Meadwell (Victoria) and Beatrice Williams (Victoria), his sister-in-law Gwynedd Achziger (Portland), and his 2 nephews and 3 nieces.

Fred will be fondly remembered for his sense of humour and his kind and gentle ways by many close friends. He will also be missed by his ‘furry’ friend “Toby”. We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the staff at Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, for the kind and compassionate care given to Fred. Special thanks to Drs. John and Morag Atherstone.


There will be an informal tea to honour the life of Fred on Friday June 8 from 2:00pm till 3:30 pm, in the Reception Room at the Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville BC.


In lieu of flowers, if you wish to do so, you can donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, or a charity of choice. No service at Fred’s request.


“The tide recedes

But leaves behind

Bright seashells in the sand.

The sun goes down,

Yet gentle warmth

Still lingers on the land.

The music stops, and yet

It echoes on in sweet refrains.

For everything that passes

Something beautiful remains.”