Donald Layer

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Donald Layer Arden, NC ~ Donald "Don" Layer, 77, of Arden and formerly of Stuart, FL, died Sunday, September 12, 2010 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. A native of Queens, NY he was a son of the late Julius and Mary Romann Layer. He retired from Southern Bell and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Don is survived by two daughters, Donna L. DeLoach, and her husband Michael, of Arden and Julie L. Gillespie, and her husband, Greg, of Arden; one son, Matthew Layer of Asheville; ex-wife and mother of his children, Margaret "Maggie" Layer of Asheville; one brother, George Layer of Abbeville, SC; five grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren and Conner DeLoach and Aidan and Emily Gillespie as well as several nieces and nephews. A Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, September 17, 2010 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church with Father Adrian Porras officiating. The family graciously asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Knowing that Don is now at peace brings comfort during this difficult time. What an awesome family he has! The love and strength each has shown during this time is an example for all.
    Love and comfort, dear ones.

  2. So sad about Uncle Don. What a character he was – ya never hadda wonder what he was thinking – he’d let ya know – and in very flowerly language to boot! 🙂

    Thank God that he had his family with him to help him on his final journey. What a blessing. I send to all of you my deepest condolences and my love.


  3. So sorry for your loss. Donald was a great friend of the family, especialy to our mom and step father, Pat & Vinnie Weiss who knew Don from Queens and reconected in Florida. We spent many happy times with him and will have a Rob Roy this weekend in his honor. He taught my oldest son how to jig and to fish. He truely will be missed! Eileen, Abe, Dan, Michael & Lauren Janoer

  4. We are thinking of you guys . . and will always remember my Uncle Don ! May he rest in peace.
    Love Diane, Bobby,
    Kelly, Kyle & Nicole

  5. Dan & I are thinking of all of you during this time of sorrow. We are so, so happy that we were able to see Uncle Don during his last days.
    And see all of you too!
    Memories of Uncle Don will stay with me forever.
    Joann & Dan

  6. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all. Don was one of a kind & you just had to love him. I enjoyed the fishing trips with him over the years & he taught this old Florida native some new tricks. He was one of the most giving persons I have ever met. God rest his soul.
    John & June Adams
    Palm City, Florida

  7. I am so sorry to find out about my childhood friend’s passing. As a youngster, he was my best buddy growing up on 221st in Queens Village. We had lots of fun together when we were in grammar school at St Joachim and Anne’s. I remember his parents and both his brothers, George and ‘Ducker.’ May he rest in peace.

    Jim (and Carole) Buckley
    East Setauket, NY

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