Posted: April 28th, 2021

May 15, 1924 – April 25, 2021


Mr. John Lewis Layton passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at the age of 96 years. He was born and raised in Medicine Hat and spent his youth living on the homestead in Elkwater where he continued to spend nearly every summer growing up. As a young man, John enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and worked in Radio Communications making it his career for 25 years before being discharged as a Chief Petty Officer, First Class. John then started working for AGT Phone Company (Telus) until his retirement. He loved painting, cooking, baking and canning. In his leisure, John enjoyed reading, fishing and travelling with Myra. A most memorable vacation with Myra was through the Panama Canal which made a great impression on John. He also enjoyed the many Legion activities and served as President of Branch 17. Man’s best friend was his pet dog, Ben, who went everywhere with him. John’s memory will be forever cherished in the hearts of his children, Barbara (Phil), Drew (Viola) and Bruce (Holly); grandchildren, Dawn Guindon, Mitchell Layton and Brayden Layton; great-grandchild, Jamie Byrne as well as his sister, Betty-Jean Maddaford. John was predeceased by his spouses, Ardythe Layton, Eileen Layton and Myra Anderson; parents, Cecil and Emily Layton; brothers, Doug, Hugh and Ernie as well as his granddaughters, Elizabeth Bergstrom and Jaylyn Layton. Due to COVID – 19 restrictions, the Funeral Celebration will be by invitation only. A Celebration of John’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Cpt. Ron MacDonald officiating. Interment will follow in the Field of Honour at Hillside Cemetery. Those wishing to virtually join the family and experience the celebration are invited to watch via live-stream and may do so by visiting and click the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. If friends so desire, memorial donations in John’s name may be made directly to the Salvation Army Community Church, 164 Stratton Way S.E, Medicine Hat, AB., T1B 3R3. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is


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One Condolence for “JOHN LAYTON”

  1. Pat hannay says:

    So very sorry for the loss of Bens owner we were truly blessed to have given Ben a
    new home where he is so loved he has added much joy to our home

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