Jeffrey May was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been a resident of California for the past twenty-three years. He fell in love with San Diego and has lived here for most of the past twenty years.
Jeff married his wife in 2007 in Hawaii, and their beautiful daughter came along in 2009. Jeff was the best father, husband, son, brother and friend we could ask for!
Jeff was an avid outdoorsman and loved scuba diving, snorkeling, cycling, hiking and exploring fun and exciting locations around southern California. Jeff also loved Hawaii and spent many vacations there with his wife and friends
As one might image, this is a very difficult time for Jeff’s family and there are many needs that must be met. In an attempt to help the family left behind by this tragedy an account has been created at Pacific Mission Credit Union for any directs deposits that might be made in memory of Jeff May. The purpose of this account is to have a place to collect contributions which will be used to support Jeff’s wife and daughter’s financial needs during this extremely difficult time. All funds collected with go directly to support Jeff’s wife and daughter.
The following address has been setup for anyone wanting to send thoughts, cards or contributions to the family in the form of a check (made out to Mrs. May) or gift cards (ie. Vons, Trader Joes, any gas gift cards, Islands, IHop, COSTCO, Walmart, also any VISA, AMEX or MC gift cards are welcome).
May Family Fund
4263 Oceanside Blvd Ste 106-171
Oceanside, CA 92056
During the week of May 28, an extensive search effort for Jeff was launched. The Lifeguard, Coast Guard, San Diego Harbor Police, other local law enforcement agencies and community volunteers searched for Jeff above and below the water. What began as a rescue effort, turned into a recovery mission. On Thursday evening, the official mission ended, however many within the local diving community continued to help look for Jeff. On Friday, a local San Diegan came forward with a boat and six tactical divers who engaged in a renewed search effort. This was welcome news for Jeff’s family and friends, who had already been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from the local community.
On Sunday, June 03, 2012, we received notification that Jeff’s body was discovered by Capt. Shane Thompson, a technical dive instructor and member of a private search team who felt compelled to do something. They took it upon themselves to help with the search for Jeff. While it was the word that everyone was dreading, it did help to provide the closure that we all needed.
On Sunday, June 10, 2012, family and friends gathered together to celebrate the life of Jeffrey May. Beginning at in the afternoon, a backyard lunch reception was held under the warm June sun. Many in attendance shared stories and remembrances of Jeff. There were tears shed that afternoon, and also many laughs, as those who spoke recalled moments that Jeff touched their lives. As each person shared their story, a common theme of a caring, considerate, and happy man emerged. There was no doubt that everyone felt that their world had been made better through the presence of Jeff in their lives.
The celebration then moved from the hills of to Sunset Cliffs at Point Loma. There, many more people joined in the celebration of Jeff’s life. Family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances sat on the cliffs above the blue Pacific and shared more remembrances and anecdotes. As the afternoon progressed into evening, it became evident that Jeff was not only a loyal friend, husband and father, but also a merry prankster and joker. As the sun began to set, everyone in attendance received a flower and walked down the stairs to the water’s edge. Moments of silent reflection followed as each person contemplated how Jeffrey May impacted their life and what the world might be like without him. One by one, flowers were tossed into the Pacific and carried upon the waves, each one taking with it a blessing, a fond memory, and ultimately a sorrowful goodbye to our beloved Jeffrey.