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Updated: 03/02/2014 08:00:00AM

Robert D. May

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Robert D. “Bob” May, 88, of Harbor Isles in North Port, Fla., went to be with our Lord, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, after succumbing to COPD at Venice Regional Bayfront Health in Venice, Fla.,, with his wife Bette and daughter, Margy, by his side.

He was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Ecorse, Mich., until the Depression caused his family to return to Scotland when he was 5 years old.

During World War II, Bob joined the Royal British Navy, and spent his time as a telegrapher on a Minesweeper in the Mediterranean. After the war, he decided to leave Penicuik, Scotland, and return to his native home, where he lived with his uncle and his family. Bob was a member of the Order of Scottish Clans, where he worked his way up to Chief of Clan Stewart. He met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Bette” Nelson, in the Scottish organization. They lived in St. Clair Shores, Mich., and he went on to become a master plumber, and owned a plumbing and heating company in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Bob leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Bette; and daughters, Margy Klarr of North Port, Judy Ross of Macomb, Mich., and Laurie (Paul) of Howell, Mich. He also will be missed by his seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jean of Cassopolis, Mich.

There will be a memorial service at a later date at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in North Port.


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