My obituary

May, Larry E.



My Obituary Lawrence Edward May was born on May 17, 1955 in Canton, New York to Adolf and Margaret (Folsom) May. "Larry" had three older siblings (Dolf, Barbara and David). He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from El Cerrito High School in 1973, he attended Linfield College in Oregon. Larry worked at Kellogg's (breakfast cereal) in San Leandro for fifteen years (1981-1996) before the factory closed. During that time he met and married Sharen Teresa Sulpizio in 1990 at Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Bolinas (Marin County). They filled the small country church with over one hundred family members and friends. Sharen and Larry had three children, April (1992), Gina (1995), and Joseph (1999). Larry graduated from the California Culinary Academy in downtown San Francisco as a baker/pastry chef. He was hired as a supervisor at the Pacific Bakery in Oakland. After "Joey" was born, he became a stay at home father. Living in Pacifica, he took the children to the beach daily. Various parks and libraries as well. The weekly bonfires on the beach roasting hot dogs and marshmallows everyone enjoyed. After a turbulent period in their relationship, Sharen filed for divorce in 2004. Shortly afterwards while under the influence of methamphetamine, Larry murdered his beautiful and innocent wife. it devastated, changed and ruined countless lives. April, Gina and Joseph suffered the most. Larry was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. During that time, he overcame his addiction and remained sober the rest of his life. He wrote memoirs regarding his life before prison and his experiences at various prisons including Pelican Bay in Cresent City. Larry traveled overseas and had many adventures. He had the opportunity to visit nearly forty foreign countries. Larry became a published author. He also wrote a three hundred page autobiography. He worked in prison libraries and helped men obtain their GED's. The "Paws for Life" program changed his life. Training dogs to be adopted instead of being euthanized. His hobbies included: collecting stamps (a philatelist),playing bridge and golfing. His favorite course is in Furnace Creek (Death Valley). It is the world's lowest at two hundred and fourteen feet below sea level (-214). Larry played dozens of different courses with his brother, Dave. At Lake Chabot, Larry shot a hole in one! He died in prison at the age of __. Larry is buried next to his best friend (Joe Altadonna) in the Old Pioneer Cemetery behind Mary Magdalene Church, overlooking the Bulinas Lagoon near the Pacific Ocean.

Author: May, Larry E.

Author Location: California

Date: September 15, 2020

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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