Shock death of Burnley business chief (52)

Chris May
Chris May

A CHARISMATIC business leader who spent 20 years fighting the cause for young people in Burnley has died aged 52.

Chris May was the “visionary” chief executive of charity Curious Minds which works with disadvantaged youngsters across the North-West.

But the former art teacher, who recently became a father for the third time, died suddenly of a heart attack.

More than 200 people have joined a special remembrance page on Facebook sharing memories, stories and messages of condolence for the former director of Creative Partnerships Lancashire who was a Proud of Burnley ambassador.

His brother Andy left a tribute, saying: “It is so very touching to read the comments people have left about my eldest brother Chris. His death is truly shocking but there is some comfort in reading what others thought of him.”

Chris Finn, director of programmes at Curious Minds, said Mr May was instrumental in building up the charity which has secured £4m. of Arts Council funding to become one of 10 bridge organisations linking communities, young people and education.

He said: “He was always someone who was very passionate about his work. He felt a real sense of moral purpose in what we did and that enabled us to achieve the great things we have achieved.”

Mr May is survived by partner Kate, 10-month-old Gabriel, and grown-up children Ella and Noah.

There’s more on this story in tomorrow’s Express.