Daniel Patrick Layden
Obituary for Daniel Patrick Layden
LAYDEN, Daniel Patrick - Son of the late John and Patricia (McHugh) Layden (of Elgin, N.B.), passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in 1954 in the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Moncton, N.B., Dan had been a long-time Halifax resident. Dan attended Petitcodiac Regional High from which he graduated in 1972. He graduated from UNB in 1978 and spent most of his working career with ATV in Halifax as Program Director. He retired several years ago. Family was an important part of Dan's life. He is survived by his sisters, Diana (Norbert) Durant, Dartmouth; Patty (Dave) Ash, Hampton, N.B.; and his brother, Jack (Margi) Layden of Riverview, N.B. He was predeceased by his brother, Bill (Brenda) (of Fredericton, N.B.). Dan is survived by his nieces, Melissa Durant, Kelly Layden (Kevin), Amy Ash (Alex), Emily Layden-Poirier (Mathieu); and nephews, Norbert Durant, John Layden (Heather), Jesse Ash (Kathryne), and Willie Ash (Amanda); as well as several beloved great nieces and nephews, Sam and Connar McWhirter, Aiden Peron, Maddie Layden, Rhéa Poirier, Everett and Baby Ash. Dan also had a special relationship with the Walkers' of Fredericton; Jill, Chris, Sage and Eve as well as Rebecca (daughter Aubree) and Julianna Nickerson, daughters of the late Chris Nickerson. Dan was a man of many interests and a man of many talents. He loved reading, movies, long walks and clothes. He was an accomplished artist, photographer, gardener and a "chef extraordinaire". He did things with a style and flair that set him apart. He was generous to a fault. He loved sharing information with others and whether it was about a book, a movie, cooking or some other subject that had caught his fancy, his eyes would light up as he excitedly shared his knowledge. He had really taken his cheesecakes to another level. From the time that Dan was a young boy in Elgin, he enjoyed long walks through the fields and woods. The love of the long, solitary hike continued through his life. He believed, as Henry David Thoreau wrote, "An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." Well, Dan has taken his final walk, and we can only hope that what Thoreau also wrote is true: "I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." Peace to you, brother. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will follow at a time yet to
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