It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of long-time president of the SHRC Mr. John May, after suffering a long illness he was 71 years old. John along with his father Ted, both life members, served the club accumulatively for well over 75 years during the halcyon days and the not so easy times of harness racing.
John had a farming business during this period then establishing Ashtek Engineering in 1987. In 1995 founded Steel Guard industries, making floor and gun safes then later, products for custodian institutions.
John breed and raced very successfully, pacers with the best being the fast class pacer Ashwood Storm trained by Ross Sugars. In the late 80’s presiding over a non-TAB meeting and without a race caller reached out to a young fellow calling at the trials and what became the geneses of the best ever race callers Jim Jacques.
To his family our sincere condolences and our appreciation of the decades of service John gave. R.I.P.