After dealing with cancer for the past two years, long-time Daily News crime and sportswriter Bud May has passed away at the age of 76. Today’s Daily News reports on May’s passing. May was a life-long Cowlitz County resident, born in Ryderwood in July of 1933. He attended Ryderwood High School, then went to Lower Columbia College in 1954, where he studied journalism. He got his first stories for the Longview Daily News and the Kelsonian while still in high school, reporting on sports for Ryderwood High. He spent two years in the Army, then returned to the area in 1956, landing “the job of his dreams” with the Daily News, covering sports, crime, the courts and other general assignments. May was a sports reporter until 1967, when he was shifted more to the crime beat. May was with the Daily News until 1993, when he retired. Those who worked with May at TDN and on his beat say that he was a man of integrity and compassion, known as a “straight-shooter.” He was also known for having a memory like an encyclopedia, able to recite dates, people and details of events years after they occurred, and also had an enormous sense of humor, ready with a quip or a joke at a moment’s notice. Memorial services are planned for 1:30 pm on Friday, May 7th, at Calvary Community Church in Longview.