John Mays

April 23, 1941December 10, 2016

Sunrise April 23, 1941 Dawson, Georgia, United States

Sunset December 10, 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

MAYS, John -

75 passed away peacefully in the St. Michael’s Hospital Palliative Care on Saturday December 10/16. John is survived by his wife, Karen “Tina” of 41 years. His children Kendyl, Toronto, Liz Barrett, John Jr., both of Cleveland, Ohio, Tiffany Cummings, Sawonege and Tyneisha all of Syracuse, NY; brother Isaac Williams and sister Della Sutton both from Rochester, NY; 22 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his brother James Williams. Visitation will take place Sunday December 18/16 from 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 2570 Danforth Ave. Toronto (Danforth & Main). Service will take place at First Baptist Church 101 Huron St. Toronto on Monday December 19/16 at 2:00pm with Rev. Wendell Gibbs officiating. A celebration of life will follow immediately after service at the Owl’s Club 847 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto (Dovercourt & Bloor). Donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Online condolences can be sent to r the direction of Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Toronto, ON.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 19, 2016

John Mays

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May 26, 2017

I saw John when he played in St. John's, NL. I'm sure, with his personality, you have many happy memories. I hope these comfort you during the hard times... when the rest of the world has 'moved on'. God Bless.

Jan (Bennett) Morrigan

December 29, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed very much by all who knew him. Sincerest condolences to Tina and Kendyll at this time.

Deborah Satira

December 21, 2016

I just read that John had passed. My condolences to Tina and the Mays family. To say John will be missed, is an understatement. He was a wonderful, genuine human being with such a powerful, beautiful voice. He was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and I am so blessed that I did. Please take care of yourselves! Much love Dancin Deb

Dave Leet

December 20, 2016

Spent my weekends watching John and the Bleecker Street Band playing various venues in Toronto. Being a young guitar player, after seeing John on stage I thought that I might be able to become a singer too and I followed that course.
Thanks John.
You inspired me to do what I love.
God speed my friend.

Felecia Emerson

December 19, 2016

My sincere condolences to Tina and family. John will be sadly missed by everyone. May god bless him.

Felecia Emerson

December 19, 2016

My sincere condolences to your Family. John will be greatly missed by all of us.

Al & Dania Lerman

December 19, 2016

So sorry for your family's loss. John was "my-brother-from-another-mother" and with our long history together, there is a now void. All our love to all of you.

Carman Downey

December 19, 2016

To Tina and family so sorry to here of the passing of John. Our sincere condolences to you from Carman and Stevie Downey

Tasha Heart

December 18, 2016

Sadly the opportunity did not happen to meet John, I wish it had. Always enjoyed his singing. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Robin Banks

December 18, 2016

Such a gracious and talented gentleman John was. The world has lost a great artist and a great man. My sympathies to his family and friends. They don't make them like that anymore . The music Community has lost a giant... God bless us all