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LAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-12 published
MacMILLAN, William Gunn
Peacefully at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 7, 2008. William MacMILLAN of Huntsville formerly of Don Mills, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Nancy. Dear father of Sandra and her husband Wayne LAY of Huntsville, Ian and his wife Janet of Richmond Hill, Donna and her husband Tom GREENAWAY of Bowmanville. Loving grandfather of Jennifer, Jason, Duncan, Emily, Krissy and Maggie. Predeceased by his brother Jim and sister Margaret. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Best Western Hotel, 86 Howland Drive, Huntsville in the Algonquin Room, on Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 1-3 p.m. Memorial Gifts to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. www.billingsleyfuneralhome.com

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2008-06-04 published
LAYCOCK, Nancy Anne (née GARVEY)
Peacefully surrounded by the love of her family and Friends, at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, on Monday evening, June 2nd, 2008. Nancy Anne LAYCOCK (née GARVEY,) of R.R.#8, Owen Sound, in her 52nd year. Dearly beloved wife of Ross LAYCOCK. Loving mother of Kristy LAYCOCK and her partner, Ryan CULLEN. Loving daughter of Marjorie GARVEY, of Owen Sound and the late Frank (Diz) GARVEY. Dear sister-in-law of Sharon GARVEY, Carl and Gloria LAYCOCK and Bonnie and Ted CATHRAE. Nancy will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews and her many Friends. Predeceased by her brother, Bryan GARVEY and her in-laws, Lloyd and Mamie LAYCOCK. Nancy was a dedicated employee of GE Security formerly Edwards of Canada for 32 years. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K-3X8 (519-376-7492) on Thursday from 3: 00-5:00 and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Nancy LAYCOCK will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Robert LITTLE officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Grey Bruce Health Services for Staff Education as your expression of sympathy.

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LAYCOCK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-06 published
KNEESHAW, Marjorie B. (née CRAIG)
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Friday, July 4th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 91st year. Dearly loved wife of Milton Theron KNEESHAW and loved mother of Ray and his wife Carolyn KNEESHAW. Much loved grandmother of Rob KNEESHAW of London and Dan and his wife Melissa KNEESHAW of Saint Thomas. Loved great-grandmother of Jamie and Arlen KNEESHAW. Marjorie was born in Meaford (St. Vincent) on November 6th, 1917, the daughter of the late Robert Lorne and Clara "Myrtle" LAYCOCK) CRAIG. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Monday at 11: 00 a.m. Private family interment in Meaford Cemetery. Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Church of Christ or the charity of choice.

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LAYMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-10 published
LAYMAN, Brian
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 8, 2008, Brian LAYMAN of London went to be with his Lord in his 63rd year. Loving father of Jeff, Joan, Sandy, Marg, Steve, Darryl, Marion, Ben, Diane, Doug, Paula, Brianna, Sygnan. Papa to 15 grandchildren, Great-Papa to 9. A loving friend to many. Viewing at Stewart Sykes Funeral Home in Kingsville, Sunday, May 11, 7-9 p.m. Service Monday, May 12, 11: 30 a.m. Condolences and donations sent to Heart and Stroke Foundation. He will be missed. To us you were so special What more is there to say Except to wish with all our hearts That you were here today. You couldn't say good-bye to us You couldn't see our tears But you left us with beautiful memories We will treasure through the years.

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LAYMAN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-18 published
SANDBOE, Margaret Lucille (McMILLAN)
Peacefully, on June 16, 2008, surrounded by her family, Margaret Lucille SANDBOE (McMILLAN) passed away in her 85th year. Predeceased by her husband Alf (1996) and survived by her loving family, daughter Shirley EDWARDS; son Jerry and his wife Alana; grandchildren Lee Ann and Steve MASLEK, Katherine SKINNER and Steve McNEIL, Shane and Natalie EDWARDS and Lindsay SANDBOE; great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Micah MAXWELL and Erika. Sister of Shirley and Murray LAYMAN (Edmonton, Alberta). Predeceased by sister Dorothy CAMERON and son-in-law Brian EDWARDS (1994.) Margaret was employed for over 30 years at Kayser-Roth. Friends will be received at Memorial Funeral Home, 1559 Fanshawe Park Road East, Wednesday, June 18 from 7-9 p.m. A complete Funeral Service will be Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. On line condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneral.ca

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LAYMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-08 published
LAYMAN, Lawrence Eric
(December 15, 1943 to April 27, 2008)
Lawrence Eric LAYMAN, born in New Westminster, British Columbia, has lived in Toronto since 1957 where he attended University of Toronto and made a living as a poet, writer and copy editor. He died suddenly of complications resulting from emphysema and a lung infection. He is much missed by his three brothers and sister, and many, many Friends. Eric's poetry, his love of languages, music and a spirit of open inquiry inspired everyone who knew him. He has left us a great example of how, above all, to live our dreams, and he has left us a sizeable legacy of writing. His remains were cremated at the Saint_James Crematorium in Toronto, to be scattered by family members. Family and Friends will gather to celebrate Eric's life on Sunday May 25, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Performing Arts Lodge, 110 the Esplanade.

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LAYMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-24 published
Lowly, near-blind proofreader 'lived and breathed poetry'
Toronto poet was not above hawking his work on street corners to help make ends meet. 'He had dreams like we all do, but making money was not a big part of his life'
By Ron CSILLAG, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S11
Toronto -- Eric LAYMAN was cranky, expansively intelligent, argumentative, affable, eccentric, possessed of an open mind that was balanced by a solid conviction that he was right, and perennially hovering near penury.
In other words, the perfect poet.
Few on Toronto's artistic scene fit the bill as well as Mr. LAYMAN, down to the beret worn at a rakish angle over flowing hair or the squashed hat and scarf combo. Fewer still had the audacity to stand on a street corner in Yorkville in the mid-sixties and sell their verse to passersby.
A lover of language and science fiction (and notably of anything to do with Star Trek), he spoke a passable Klingon, learned to read Hebrew, and could hold forth on the links between Hungarian, Finnish and Basque, followed by a flourish of politics or current events. His poetry had its sensitive moments, but it was marked mainly by a moodiness fleshed out with vivid images and spare, accessible language. Like the beginning of this 1986 offering, The Technician:
This hand, because decay is
slow but pitiless,
applies the oilcan to the
grudging wheel
force-feeds the flame that lamps
the midnight cities
defends from rust and wear the
sentient steel.
Mr. LAYMAN authored one full-length book of poetry, To a Stark and Clean Place (1987), containing 39 poems, and two chapbooks, Satires and Sunbursts (1976) and The Brightest Fire (2005). Another chapbook, Secular Hymns, is due out later this year. He also wrote short stories and book reviews for the science fiction-fantasy fan club U.S.S. Hudson Bay's newsletter, The Voyageur, and penned The Smoke Police for The Intended, a country rock band.
"He lived and breathed poetry," said his friend and fellow poet, Julie McNEILL. "He was always thinking. He was more involved in the creative process than anyone I knew."
But there was a living to be made, and he did it by selling real-estate ads, writing the odd article and proofreading for the Toronto-based weekly, The Canadian Jewish News for more than 30 years. Mr. LAYMAN had his physical limitations - deeply damaged smoker's lungs and miserable eyesight, a congenital problem - but those never got in the way. A lanky man with an erect bearing, there was an unmistakable air of dignity and healthy self-esteem about him. He bicycled everywhere, even in the foulest weather. Newspaper proofs were read with his nose touching the page.
Despite the half-inch thick glasses, or maybe because of them, few errors got past him. Canadian Jewish News staffers knew when Mr. LAYMAN was at work. Anguished cries of "Oh, who the hell wrote this?" often punctuated the quiet, sometimes followed by a rhubarb with an editor.
The job, which took about three-quarters of his time, was crucial. For too many years he had been underemployed and the job meant "I actually have enough to eat and can afford the exorbitant postage to mail manuscripts to publishers too backward-thinking to accept submissions by e-mail," he once told listeners of radio station CIUT's Sunday afternoon poetry program, Howl.
Even though he made barely earned enough to get by, "he wasn't one to bemoan the fact that he wasn't wealthy," said his brother Rod. "He had dreams like we all do, but making money was not a big part of his life."
He was the eldest of five children born to a stay-at-home mother and a career air-force pilot who had seen action during the Second World War. He spent his early years in Western Canada and in London, Ontario, before his family finally settled in Toronto in 1957. The peripatetic existence, a troubled relationship with his father and Mr. LAYMAN's failing eyesight probably contributed to his turning inward and assuming a scholarly bent, noted his brother.
He was already a fixture on Toronto's coffee house scene when he earned a B.A. in modern languages in 1967 from the University of Toronto, where he'd belonged to a club called Radicals for Capitalism. For a while, he sold advertising for The Globe and Mail before landing at The Canadian Jewish News in 1974.
He returned to University of Toronto in 1977 and completed a master's degree in comparative literature with an emphasis on German writers, including his personal favourite, Goethe. Other influences were author Ayn Rand, Appalachian folk ballads, philosopher Baruch Spinoza, Beethoven and Joan of Arc.
During the seventies and eighties, he participated in workshops held by the poetry groups Phoenix and Squid Inc., and was published in their anthologies. His work also appeared in Seraphim Editions' well-regarded 1999 anthology, The Edges of Time, alongside that of Leonard Cohen.
The art itself was never easy and he knew it. Yet, at the same time, "it's really quite simple," he explained. "I hang in there and forge ahead, even when the odds of success make what I'm doing seem rather stupid. Often, what seems the 'stupid' thing to do is the most life-affirming - and that's why I do it."
That was also why he kept plying his craft "in a cold, uncaring city jam-packed with too many other artists chasing too few dreams," once wrote his friend and fellow poet Lloyd Landa. "That's why he often rides his bike long distances in all kinds of weather, just to clear his head, eats meals at midnight, and tries to cram in a couple of hours writing before he finally calls it a night."
To Mr. Landa, Mr. LAYMAN was an avatar of a "wonderfully bloody-minded perseverance," someone who brushed aside laments about the shrinking opportunity for Canadian artists simply by responding that the answer is to "plug away, every day. Too many artists I've met are paralyzed by the understandable angst created by insurmountable roadblocks to getting themselves seen, heard or read. They tend to agonize over obstacles instead of focusing their energies on writing that next great play or song."
The Smoke Police ("Undercover smoke police skulk in holes and corners") railed against what Mr. LAYMAN felt were the Orwellian powers of the state to regulate smoking in public places. "A smoker has the right to smoke anywhere that permits it - with the owner of each bar having the right to say yes or no," he wrote in 2001. "My right to smoke in a bar is an extension of the owner's property rights. That the government has the power to ban smoking does not give [it] a moral override." He tried to quit smoking himself on several occasions, finally succeeding only after he became ill two years ago. But he continued to support freedom of choice, reasoning that "an attack on the rights of one person is an attack on every other person's rights."
The Star Trek thing was more than just an interest. Knowing he couldn't legally sell stories about Captain James Kirk and the Starship Enterprise, Mr. LAYMAN invented his own universe, complete with rich detail. The inhabitants were called the Hlu, and had their unique identities, culture and language. Their gravity was stronger than ours and their climate harsher. But they had a strong oral tradition, passed down through stories and, of course, poetry.
He set his poems to existing songs and wrote the odd haiku, but was genuinely stumped when someone challenged him to write a tanka, which consists of 31 syllables over five lines. "This is hard!" he exclaimed, though he knew it was supposed to be.
He could be quick-tempered and excitable, a trait his brother calls "an impatience with the world." But that mellowed as the years went by, he added.
His love of puns was legendary, and new ones were met with "that's not bad," or "that's awful." Only once was he stopped in his tracks, when a colleague offered a convoluted bit about Mahatma Gandhi, who, as the setup went, walked barefoot and had a diet that resulted in bad breath. The result was a "super-calloused fragile mystic hexed with halitosis." Mr. LAYMAN stood perfectly still for about a minute, then quietly pronounced, "I can't decide whether that's so good, it's terrible, or so bad, it's wonderful."
He left behind a library of 600 volumes of poetry, though curiously, nothing by Shakespeare.
In workshops, Mr. LAYMAN tried to expand his students' understanding of form. "Most of them don't know much beyond free verse; some had never heard of a sonnet," he observed. "But above all, I want them to understand that if they want to be writers, they should write. Keep writing. Then revise. Edit. Write again, until they have something that truly stands up."
Like this kiss goodbye, titled All I Need is Heaven:
I'll know life's joys to overflow
far sooner flames than rust.
Before I go, I'll share what
I know,
though the womb reclaim
my dust.
I'll leave a little joy behind me
this is my final wish.
This is all I need of heaven,
and no post-mortem bliss.
Lawrence Eric LAYMAN was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on December 15, 1943 and died in Toronto on April 27, 2008, of complications from emphysema. He was 64. He leaves sister, Molly, and brothers Rod, John and Bill. A celebration of his life takes place tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Lodge, 110 the Esplanade, Toronto.

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LAYNE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-26 published
LAYNE, Cecil James " Jim"
At Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday July 24, 2008, Cecil James " Jim" LAYNE of Aylmer in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Irene Doris LAYNE (née MOORE.) Loved father of Jim (Val) of Cobourg, Brenda LAYNE of Saint Thomas, Clifford (Rose) of Toronto, Pat WRIGHT (Brad) of Delhi, Jenny MacDOUGALL (Bill) of Melbourne, Blanch LANGOUR (Rick) of Saint Thomas, Sheila LAYNE of London, and Kevin of Toronto. Dear step-father of John KISH of Windsor and Tyler KISH of Aylmer. Jim is also survived by his sisters Olive and Sue of England, by 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and former spouse Irene CARSTENS. Predeceased by his sister Daisy of England. Jim worked as a Steel Fitter with General Motors Diesel for 15 years, retiring in 1989, and served with the Royal Navy during World War 2. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas (519-631-0570). Online condolences at www.shawnjacksonfuneralhome.com

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LAYT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-18 published
LAYT, George H.G.
In his 89th year, peacefully at Ian Anderson House (palliative care hospice), Oakville, Ontario, following recent health complications. George was born in 1919 in Middlesbrough, England. During World War 2, George earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts flying with an Royal Air Force Squadron of Canadian built DeHavilland Mosquito aircraft. After immigrating to Canada following World War 2, George ultimately achieved the position of Executive Vice President of Stelco. After his retirement, George continued to pursue an ongoing passion for world travel, carefully documenting and photographing his varied experiences. He also volunteered his time to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and to Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington. Predeceased by his first wife Hilda (GRAHAM) LAYT and his second wife Jean (TOLHURST) LAYT, he will be lovingly remembered by his many lifetime Friends, his nieces Orlaith (Graham) DUKE and Clodagh (Graham) CAMERON, his nephew Edward GRAHAM, his stepsons Cliff and Larry READ, his close personal friend Helen PROWSE, and their families. A memorial and celebration of George's life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 12: 00 noon at Mississauga Golf and Country Club, 1725 Mississauga Road N., Mississauga, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Ian Anderson House, P.O. Box 61034, 511 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7P5 would be appreciated.

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LAYTE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-06 published
RICE, Pauline Ethel
Of Saint Thomas, passed away on Thursday, June 5th, 2008, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hosptial, in her 79th year. Dearly loved mother of Donalda (Peter) LAYTE of Kitchener, David (Cindy) RICE of Calgary, Alberta and Mark RICE (Tracey REEVES) of Port Stanley. Much loved grandmother of Jodi (Greg) GRAWUNDER and Jynnifer (Kirk) GIBSON and great-grandmother of Eric, Brendon and Alexis RICE. Predeceased by her special friend Ron HUMBY. She was the last of her family. Sadly missed by a number of nieces and nephews and special Friends. Pauline was born in Iroquois Falls on February 13, 1930. A private family service will be held at Williams Funeral Home on Saturday morning. No public visitation. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A very special thanks to the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers of the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Intensive Care Unit for their exceptional care.

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LAYWINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-30 published
LAYWINE, Helen Caroline (née MUSICAR)
Peacefully at home, after a short but courageous battle with cancer, on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Helen will be truly missed by her husband of 57 years, Carl LAYWINE. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Peter LAYWINE and Anne LEWISON, and Wendy and Bruce GITELMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Bea and the late Barney ALPER, Edythe and the late Harvey SALSBURG, and Harry and Selma MUSICAR. Devoted grandmother of Julian, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) LAYWINE. Helen was a long-time member of the McGill Club and Spadina JCC. She will be missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. For more than 50 years, Helen travelled the world with Carl, and she was usually happiest stretched out on a deck chair with a good book, for a day at sea. The family gratefully acknowledges the exceptional care and attention of Doctor David GREENBERG. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, June 30th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Pride of Israel Synagogue section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 11C Tranby Avenue, from 2: 00 p.m. Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders 1-800-982-7903 or at www.msf.ca.

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