Passing of Jimmy May

May 8, 2007

Toronto, ON

It is with great sadness that I have to report that on Saturday evening local fastball pitcher Jimmy May was killed in a horrific car accident while traveling on Highway 12.   Jimmy was well known in the Toronto area and would often be picked up as an extra pitcher by many teams playing in tournaments throughout southern Ontario.  On the diamond he was a fierce competitor, but off it he loved nothing more than relaxing with his teammates and had a passion for playing Texas Hold'em.  His father Jody, whom Jimmy had a special relationship with would often be seen at the ballpark proudly watching his son play.
Those that knew him and played with him will certainly miss him.  Our prayers and condolences go out to his family.
Mike "Red Dog" O'Hearn 

Funeral Arrangements:

If you would be kind enough to post the following funeral arrangements it would be greatly appreciated..

1939 Lawrence Ave. East
Viewing: Wednesday April 25th - 3-5pm and 7-9pm
Funeral: Thursday April 26th @ 11am (Paul O'Connor Funeral Home)

Mike "Ripper" Racioppo

Jimmy "Mayday" May 

For those of you that knew Jimmy you all know his love for the game
of Fastball. I have had the privilege to play with him for the last
17 years and had become a close friend.

I am still in shock, and cannot understand "WHY" this has happened.
Jimmy was a very competitive Pitcher and only expected the best from
himself every night. He was the type of guy who would let you know
when you where not at your best and always gave you praise when you
had done a good job. I guess I have a special place in my heart for
Jimmy had playing against him and with him for so many years as his
catcher, we had grown a bond like many pitcher and catchers do, we
start to know what each other is thinking even if there was a good "I
told you so" when he had shaken me off and had given up a hit! (lol)

Jimmy was that guy who always showed up at the park ready to play, if
there was a big game he would leave work with his jobs
running saying" No worries, I have my feeder looking after it". Jimmy
was a man of few words "yeah right", he always had a good story or
two or three or four to tell us,
he would remember exactly the number of batters he had struck out,
what pitches he had thrown even what colour the batters gloves where
he always had that eye for detail.

He would also remember the hands he had won playing poker from months
before, right from the flop, the turn and the river.

These are things i will miss.

A friend told me the other day " you always take for granted the
people you expect to see tomorrow" and I always expected to see jimmy
at the park.

This ball season will not be the same, knowing that Jimmy will not be
on the mound leading his team, whom ever they had been.

You where a good friend Jimmy
Swing for the fence, I will miss you.

Ted Boggs
7 oaks Mr. Christies, Scarborough Royals, Champion Diamond,
Scarborough Blues, Scarborough rebel, Scarborough Wolves.

Having just heard the very sad news about Jimmy May I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the May family. Jimmy started out in the Scarborough league playing with The Bulls whom I played on and coached. Jimmy was a great competitor, a very nice young man (18 when he started with us)and was always a good sport on the field and off. His determination to do the best at all times rubbed off on everyone around him and he was a blast to be around.

God bless ya Jimmy, we will miss ya,

Danny Goodridge

Obituary, Toronto Star:

MAY, James
MAY, James Robert (Jimmy) Suddenly as the result of an accident on Sunday, April 22, 2007. Jimmy beloved son of Jody and Druscilla. Dear brother of Trixie and her husband Patrick. Loving uncle of Colin and Eric. Loved and cherished by Nina, Matthew, Margaret and Jarek. Jimmy will be lovingly remembered by his grandparents and many aunts and uncles. Resting at the PAUL O'CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E., (between Pharmacy and Warden) from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Service and committal in our Chapel on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Asthma Society would be appreciated.