In Memory of Robert Layton

First Baptist Church Halifax extends sincere sympathy to Ellen Layton in the loss of her brother-in-law, Robert Layton, of Great Village, NS.

LaytonRobert Francis Layton – 85, Great Village, Colchester County, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, February 24, 2014, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.  Born November 19, 1928, in Great Village, he was the son of the late Raleigh and Flora (Flemming) Layton. Robert dedicated his life to family and community. He was third generation proprietor of Layton’s General Store, where he and his wife Meredith have been a central part of the community for over 50 years. Robert was also very active in St. James United Church, Great Village, where he had served as an elder, sang in the choir, and made a highly desired pancake at church and Legion suppers. He was the longest serving volunteer firefighter in Nova Scotia with over 68 years of service. He served as an officer with the brigade for the past 15 years and as Fire Chief from 1975-77. He was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2013 and was always willing to help others when in need, through the church, store or fire department. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Meredith Ann Merriam (Boyd); son, Jeff (Sarah) Layton, Concord, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Bennett and Calder Layton; brother, Jack Layton, Innisfail, Alberta; family-in-law, Grayce Pellerin (Basil deceased), Robert (Rose) Boyd, Ellen Layton; loving nephews, Stephen Boyd, Andrew Boyd, Peter Boyd, Marc Pellerin, Neil Pellerin, Ian Pellerin. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Layton; mother father-in-law, Robert Percy and Christina (Merriam) Boyd. Robert’s family will receive friends from 2-4, 6-8 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014, in St. James United Church, 47 Great Village Lornevale Road, Great Village, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Reception will follow in the church basement. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Robert’s memory to Great Village Fire Brigade, St. James United Church or a charity of your choice are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Robert’s obituary on-line and selecting “Send A Condolence” at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com