Jim May, former Councilman and icon of Palmyra, passed away on Sept. 10

May, served the Borough as a member on Council, the Historical Society, the Board of Health, and the Planning Board.

Jim May, the most beloved husband of Annamarie May; together they had just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in Cape Cod, died suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. He also is survived by their children, Victoria and James, and grandchildren, Thomas, Rachel, Winifred, Spencer and Lionel.

Mr. May was born Aug. 10, 1937. He grew up in Maple Shade, New Jersey, graduated from Moorestown High School, then Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry.

Jim retired after 40 years with the Pennzoil Corporation, where he was a chemist, researcher, lubrication engineer and salesman. He served on the Palmyra Borough Council, was chairman of the Burl. Co. Young Republican Committee, President of the Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society, Member of the Clean Air Council, Employers Legislative Committee, worked to build and ensure the preservation of the sand dunes in Ocean City, New Jersey and helped start the recycling program of the Tri-Borough area with the Pompeston Environmental Committee.

In retirement he worked to educate everyone on the fate of the red knot bird and the Northeast Coasts horseshoe crabs as well as becoming a New Jersey Master Gardner as part of the Rutgers Master Gardner’s of Burlington County and an Environmental Steward. His iconic beard and cowboy boots will be missed by all who knew him.

Friends and family may pay their respects from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, or from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Christ Church, 305 Main Street, Riverton.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the memorial fund of Christ Church. Sincerest condolences to his family from the Borough of Palmyra Governing Body and Borough employees.