Forrest May August 3, 1956 - January 4, 2018
After a short but intense battle with ALS, Frontal Temporal Dementia and Pseudo Bulbar Effect, Forrest May, beloved husband of Cheryl May passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Home.
The fifth child of Charles and Hilda May (both deceased), he was born, raised and educated through high school in Fairbanks Alaska. He also attended University in Fairbanks and Anchorage. While he was a student at Lathrop High School Forrest showed aptitude for cross country skiing and long distance running. He competed in ski races not only in Alaska but also in the Yukon, Minnesota, Idaho, Vermont and Quebec as well as many other places. He ran Marathons in Fairbanks and Anchorage and was one of the youngest winners (16 years old) of the Fairbanks Equinox Marathon. He also enjoyed swimming and riding his ten speed racing bike, particularly in the Laclu Minaki Pellatt area. He quite often commuted to work by bicycle as long as the weather permitted.
Forrest held a variety of jobs before he found his calling as an automotive mechanic. He started as an apprentice at Nye Toyota in Anchorage, then worked for David Robertson at Northern Tire and Auto in Kenora. While at Northern Tire he used his work experience and studying to take the Automotive Service Technician exam in February 2013 and passed with a score of 92 percent.
Forrest was very outgoing and could talk to anyone about just about anything. He enjoyed listening to talk radio shows and nearly all kinds of music. He had a beautiful singing voice and liked to make up his own lyrics to songs. He was a member of the Keewatin Legion until it closed and he transferred to the Kenora Legion. He volunteered at banquets, the Fish Fry, Legion breakfasts and the General Dinner Meetings until he was no longer able to do so. He had a soft spot for dogs and cats and could often be seen walking a succession of family dogs. He liked being on the lake, especially the MS Kenora dinner cruises. His favorite restaurant was 901 Westside (formerly My Place) in Keewatin. While he was at Pinecrest, the hearts of the staff were touched by his beautiful blue eyes, his cheerful attitude and his “thumbs-up” gesture. His smile could light of a room.
He and Cheryl, the love of his life, met in anchorage at Credit Union 1 (formerly Frontier Alaska State Credit Union) and they were married in that city on October 6, 1995. He was a kind, gentle and a loving husband.
Forrest was predeceased by his uncle James (Adrienne) Stockham in November 2008, His sister in law Michelle (Barry) Hardy in December of 2008, his mother in law Shirley Landry in March of 2009 and his father in law Gus Landry in October 2017.
In addition to Cheryl, left to mourn him are his siblings Liisa (Channing) Kury, Peter, Emily (John) Milas and Marian May and their families. He is also survived by his brothers in law Paul (Donna Wiebe) Landry, Marc (Deanne), Landry, Peter (Barry Kerr) Landry and Giles (former wife Tammy Cutler) Landry and their families, and his sister in law Odette Landry. Also left are his aunt Adrienne Stockham, his uncle Evan (Judy) Stockham, his step mother in law Marilyn Landry and his step brothers in law Shane and Aaron Beckett and their families. Barry Hardy and his family also mourn his passing.
Funeral Services will be held at Pinecrest Home Auditorium on Thursday January 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm with Reverend Cathy Giroux officiating. Pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus and interment will follow in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.
Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.