Musician with ‘A Common Goal’ who enjoyed writing songs

Published March 7, 2019

NORTH READING — Michael James May, 40, of North Reading, died unexpectedly at his home on February 22, 2019.

He was born in Brighton on July 18, 1978. He was a graduate of North Reading High School.

Michael was a dedicated small engine mechanic and operated his own business. Mike was an accomplished rider in the motocross circuit and he enjoyed blazing trails with other riders. He loved music, writing songs and playing in the band ‘A Common Goal’ with his band brothers. He also enjoyed snowboarding, snowmobiling, and boating in the summer. He loved working with wood and building things, one of his favorites was bunk beds!

He loved his children more than anything in this world and was an exceptional father to them. He had an infectious smile that would light up a room and a very quick wit that would have you rolling on the floor. He was a friend to everyone he met and would be the first to show up when you needed help. He was kind, loving, caring, generous, hilarious and compassionate to everyone. He always put everyone else before himself and you would never find a more sincere friend.

Family members include his loving children, Serenity, Mahalia and Michael J. May Jr., and his wife Nicole. His father, Stephen O. May of North Reading and more recently, due to his health, Clearwater, Fla.; his mother, Shirley A. May and her husband Roy Richardson of Henniker, N.H.; his stepsister Daryl Martin and her husband Matt of Haverhill, and niece Brooklyn; his stepbrother Evan Richardson of Haverhill; his uncle, Joseph Deveau and his wife Christine of Medway and his cousins, Brandon, Derek, and Rianna.

Calling hours were held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, February 28. Pastor Mason Adair was the speaker. There was a Celebration of Life at the North Reading Moose following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to his favorite charity Teen Challenge Boston, or a charity of your choice.