Brattleboro Lodge of Freemasons: May receives 50 year service award

BRATTLEBORO — On Thursday, Aug. 3, Right Worshipful Jon Hall, District Deputy Grand Master for the 8th Masonic District of Vermont, and Worshipful Master Jeffery Anderson-Burgos, of Brattleboro Lodge of Freemasons, presented Donald May with a 50-year service award. During that time he served in many of the offices of the lodge including serving as Worshipful, when he had the pleasure to present his own father a 50-year certificate for his membership and service to the fraternity.

May was born in Marlboro and raised in Brattleboro, graduating from Brattleboro High School in 1946. Following that he was employed at Dunklee's Machine Shop in Brattleboro. In 1949 he married Polly Streeter and they have two sons, and five great-grandchildren.

May spent 20 years working as a tool maker at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield. He then purchased the former Mobil Gas Station in West Brattleboro. Wanting a change of pace he sold the station in 1979. May and his wife moved to Lake Winnipesaukee in Weirs Beach, N.H. In addition to enjoying the area and sailing the lake, he returned to the machine tool business and spent a time as a bar tender on the MS Mount Washington and its summer cruises on the lake.

In 2000 he and his wife purchased property in Winter Haven, Fla., spending their winters there and summers in New Hampshire. While in Winter Haven, May has taken the opportunity to work for both the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians organization during Spring Training.

May has acquired a bit of a reputation for his colorful home displays during Christmas. Disney World being only 45 minutes from where they live, May and his wife manage to spend at least one day a week at the park.

They have become train enthusiasts, not only traveling from Florida to New Hampshire, but have traveled across the United States, and plan on taking the Trans-Pacific scenic trip across Canada in 2018.


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