In Loving Memory of Michael E. May

July 15, 1952
Port Chester, New York
March 06, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Faber Hall on the Campus of Fairfield University

Celebration of Michael's Life

42 Bellarmine Road. (Please use Barlow Road Entrance)

Saturday, March 11th , 2:00 PM


Family Gathering


Fairfield Theater Company

Michael E. May

Michael E. May, age 64 of Fairfield, CT, died on March 6 peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Michael grew up in Rye, NY, the youngest child of James S. May, Sr. and Mary L. Barden. As a child, he loved music and acting, playing the guitar and mimicking early TV stars. After graduating from Resurrection School, Michael attended Iona Preparatory School, then studied literature and drama at Bard College. He transferred to the University of Denver and graduated with a BA in Theater in 1974. After college, Michael moved to Los Angeles, where his boyish good looks and easy-going manner landed him a wide range of acting roles. His favorite gig was playing a guitar-strumming cowboy on the TV soap opera “Texas.” In the 1980s, Michael worked for Cablevision, where for many years he reviewed films on air and served as a field producer and show host; years later, he rejoined to manage education relations. In 1990, he earned his MA in Education from Fairfield University and taught English for 25 years at several public schools in the Norwalk area, working with students who had learning and social challenges. His students loved him. He was warm, generous, funny and insightful. He is survived by his beloved daughter Shannon May and her husband Toshiro Chiang; his brother Thomas May; three sisters Nancy May Tandy, Kay King, and Lori King; four nieces, three nephews; and his former wives Patty Sullivan and Tracy Zebrowski May. He was predeceased by his mother, his father, his brother James S. May, Jr., his stepbrother Peter King and his stepfather Norman E. King. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fairfield Theater Company at A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at Faber Hall at 42 Bellarmine Road on the Fairfield University Campus (use the Barlow Road entrance). For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Lori and Family,
    Thinking of you and sending deepest condolences. Though I never met Michael, from the stories you have shared he sounds like an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.