Philip Harry May


Philip Harry May
March 26, 1930 – August 28 2015
Phil passed away suddenly the morning of August 28 2015.
Survived by his wife of 60 years, Lois (Tunney), and children Philip (Lynda), Michael (Linda), Susan (Rod), Colin (Anita), Patricia (Weldon), and his sister Ruth (Graham), and Sisters In Law Phyllis and Chiyoko. Phil was predeceased by his parents, Phil and Verna as well as his brothers, Charles and Joseph.
Phil was the proud Grandfather of Karl (Charlene), Michael (Janice), Stephanie (Will), Dana, Katie, Noel, Sydney, PJ, Philip, and Ryan. As well as Mike (Rachel), Matthew (Danielle), Mark (Stephanie), and Mitchell.
Great Grandfather of Lisa, Henry, Brianne and Samantha
Phil had a long and distinguished career in the cinema business. He and his brother Charles took over running May Theatres that was founded by their father Philip Tanner in 1946. In 1965 Phil and Chuck formed a partnership with Hector Ross and Frank Kettner and founded Landmark Cinemas one of the largest cinema circuits in Canada.
Phil was also a longtime member and supporter of the Kinsmen Club.
Phil never left any doubt in your mind what he thought, and was his own man to his last breath. Phil worked tirelessly to benefit any cause he believed in. He and Lois devoted many hours supporting many causes, including the founding of the Friends Of The Edmonton MS Society.
Phil was unmatched in his love for family and his zest for life.
The May family will profoundly miss the steady presence of its Patriarch.
A Memorial service will be held at Riverbend United Church, 14907 – 45 Ave NW, Edmonton on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family would like those that wish to send a donation to the Canadian Picture Pioneer Trust Fund in memory of Phil May as follows:
Canadian Picture Pioneers Trust Fund, 225 the East Mall, Suite 1762, Toronto, ON, M9B 0A9 416-368-1139. Donation cards can also be downloaded from the web site

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Donna May

Dear Aunty Lois; Phil, Susan, Mike, Colin, and Patty.

I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Phil, and I wish that I could be with you today. There will be tears but you will have many happy memories and the support of each other to help get you through what is going to be a difficult time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you

Ed & Millie Chibri

A wonderful memory of Phil was when Phil, Lois, Roger and Mary would meet us out at the Marina in PV and we would go golfing. Lots of wonderful memories of dinners, cards, laughter and great friends. Will never forget all those good times.

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