Walter J. May

May 22, 1927October 7, 2020

Walter May of Scituate, MA passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the age of 93. Born in Quincy, MA, he was raised in Milton and made Scituate his home in 1960.

He was the husband of the late Jane May and father to Peter May and wife Maureen of Marshfield, Ellen Carmell and husband Bruce of Plymouth, Katherine Drew and husband Steve of Scituate, Lawrence May and wife Kate of Scituate, Kristine Beauvais and husband Joe of Rockland and Andrew May and wife Amy of Marshfield. Loving grandfather to Garrett, Cameron and Mitchell Drew; Alyssa and Eric Carmell; Ashley, John, Annabel, Matthew, Andrew and Alex May. Cherished brother of the late Virginia, Herbert, and James L. May, as well as Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Walter attended Northeastern University and then started his long and rewarding insurance career with the rating bureau in Boston and later as owner of the Walter J May Insurance Agency in Hingham, from which he retired in 1990. He had decades of service where he served as a treasurer and then president of Boston Catholic Cemetery Association spanning from 1951 to 2014.

He proudly served his country in the Coast Guard and was stationed in the North Atlantic on the USS Muskegon PF 24 during World War II and later in the US Navy reserve where he rose to the rank of Captain. Walter was an avid boater and enjoyed navigating from Maine to the Bahamas sharing priceless adventures with his family and friends. He adored every moment he spent with his children and grandchildren and remains the patriarch of our family. He was a mentor to many and will be terribly missed by all who knew him.

Walter’s family remains sensitive to the current pandemic and understand many of you can only join us in spirit. Funeral Mass at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate MA at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 13 and burial to follow at Boston Catholic Cemetery, 366 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter‘s memory can be made to the Pediatric MS Alliance, 101A First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451, or the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 70130. For online guestbook,


  • Garrett Drew
  • Cameron Drew
  • Mitchell Drew
  • Eric Carmell
  • John May
  • Matthew May
  • Andrew May
  • Alex May


  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020


Walter J. May

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Kristine Anderson

October 14, 2020

The May Family,
Our Dads shared the love of family, sailing, and insurance. We are grateful our Dads got to see each other a year ago on the Cape and enjoyed their time together. Our Dad turns 98 in November. Due to covid, we were not able to attend the funeral and have been keeping you all in our prayers.
Herb, Joan, Karl, Mei-an and Kristine

Susan Murphy-Gummow

October 13, 2020

Dear May family- sorry we just heard of your dad’s passing. My sisters and I have wonderful memories of your dad. He was such an endearing and kind man who also loved to have fun. A lot of fond memories of our sailing days together and the antics of our dads. I know how much you will miss him. You all are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Susan (Murphy) Gummow

Karen Murphy

October 13, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Your family was such a large part of my youth- so many happy memories sailing from Mystic to Maine to Nantucket and beyond. Your parents were so warm and welcoming and I remember them constantly smiling and laughing ( probably at some of my dads shenanigans). I hope warm memories replace your sadness and know that your dads warmth will be remembered fondly.

With love and sympathy,
Karen Murphy

Lauren Murphy Tobin

October 13, 2020

Just learned of your father’s passing. He was a wonderful friend to my dad. I will always cherish our sailing days and spending time with your dad. He was always fun to be around; a sailing legend! May he Rest In Peace with your mom, Jane.
All My Best,
Lauren Murphy Tobin

Katie Murphy

October 13, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your father's passing. I have so many fond memories of your parents. Your father was such a kind person and a treasured friend to my crazy father, which was not an easy feat! I hope your happy memories provide you with some comfort during difficult times.

Katie Murphy

Ted Williamson

October 13, 2020

I have so many great memories of my friend Andy's parents. They were always so friendly and generous. Last year I pulled up to his boat and it was just Andy and his dad (I know Andy loved that one-on-one time). I loved how much Andy revered him and how proud Walter was of Andy. I envied that relationship; It made me feel warm and happy (it may have been the drinks too!) I will miss my friend having his dad around; it makes me sad but me and Andy's friends will be there for him along with his great family. Andy is so lucky to have had such amazing parents.

Hanson Insurance

October 13, 2020

Maureen and Peter

Please accept our warmest condolences and sending thoughts of peace and courage to you and your family during this most difficult time.
Love to you Both
Hanson Insurance Agency

Philip Tower

October 12, 2020

M’y condoléances to thé family. I shared many happy times sailing with Walter and family during thé 1970’s

Rosemary Cullivan

October 12, 2020

Amy, Andy, Andrew and Alex,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May a lifetime of wonderful memories carry you through.
The Cullivan Family

Jan and Don Shuller

October 11, 2020

Sending our deepest condolences to the May family.
With love, Jan and Don Shuller