Tryone May Tribute
“If music be the food of love, play on;” William Shakespeare
The facts are these, Tyrone May worked as an auditor with the NY Department of Finance and Taxation at the World Trade Center in Tower 2. At the far too young age of 44, he lost his life during the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Looking no further than these facts would be to miss out on what a truly vibrant character this man was.
Tyrone was a husband to Marva, proud father to Tyrone Jr., godfather to Ronnell Evans and friend to many. In the comments I read regarding Tyrone, family and friend
kept coming up again and again. He stressed family responsibility in talks with a cousin, encouraging her as she faced the tough task of being a single parent. In the photo that I found,
Tyrone had a smile that lit up his entire face. One can imagine that huge smile on his face when he spoke of his wife and son.
While his work expertise was numbers, music was his passion. You could not enter his apartment without noticing the large amount of albums and CD’s spanning all kinds of genres. It seemed if there was good
music out there, Tyrone would find it and play it. While not a professional DJ per se, he did spin for his yearly party, where hundreds of family and friends
would gather and enjoy an evening of dance and fun. This event Tyrone would meticulously arrange with skills that would rival the most senior party planner. He would labor over the invitations,
the venue and the music. On that September morning, he told his wife to expect a fax regarding he planned December 15th event. Unfortunately, he was never able to personally complete his plans.
While I’ve never met Tyrone, I expect his family and friends joined together, finished the planning and turned it into a wonderful celebrations of a life well lived. I wonder if his family still carries
on that yearly tradition and I think they probably do in one way or another.
So on September 11th, I will first say a prayer for Tyrone and for his family. Then, I will be sure to channel my inner DJ and play some great music in his honor. I hope you all do the same and
let his memory play on.