• Bradbury Memorial Center Staff

Nevin Stanley May

Updated: Mar 31

October 4, 1936 to March 28, 2021

Nevin Stanley May (84) died peacefully at home on March 28, 2021, surrounded by family.

Born in Prentice, WI, Nevin came to Ketchikan in 1967. In his words, “I thought it was the greatest place you could imagine. It was wide open, you could do just about anything you wanted. Logging was going full blast and you could hardly find a tourist. Work was plentiful, logging and the pulp mill kept everyone busy.” Nevin began his storied career as a commercial troller soon thereafter and continued for more than 40 years, selling the F/V Cheryl in 2012.

Through his years fishing, he made friends (and probably some enemies too!) with local, state, and federal politicians, and helped to shape some of today’s fishing regulations. He co-founded the Alaska Trollers Association and was a board member for several years. He was also a member of the Seafood Producers Co-Op, and served as chairman of the board from 2001-2002. Nevin was an avid hunter, both locally and nationally.

Nevin is survived by his wife, Barbara (Coleman) May, his son, Scott May (Ketchikan), his daughters, Keli Osborn (Eugene) and Cheryl Sullivan (Sedro Woolley), his step-children Barbara Bolivar (Riverside), Beverly Krushat (Twentynine Palms), Pam Haggerty (Butte), Vicki Harsha (Soldotna), and Herb Chambers (Ketchikan), several grandchildren and many lifelong friends.

There will be a celebration of Nevin’s life held on May 8, at 10:00am, at the Elk’s Lodge in Ketchikan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation or the First City Council on Cancer.