WADDINGTON -- Mathew P. Layo was born July 5, 1926 in Stockholm, N.Y., youngest child of the late Daniel and Anna (Russell) Layo. As a farm family it was expected that each child had their share of chores to do before and after school. He attended Madrid High School where he also played basketball, receiving his diploma several years after he had started in his career. The family moved from Stockholm to Madrid when Mat was 10. Anyone who knew Mat, was aware of his loyalty and faith in the New York Yankees and the New York Giants Football team, as well as Syracuse University sports. He married the love of his life, E. Jane Layo, in Massena at St. Joseph's Church on Dec. 7, 1963.
Mat provided for his family very well, and yet still had time for sports, Budweiser, the local fire department as an active member and constantly maintaining the yard work on his property. Mat and his wife had a dog, Bridget, who was treated much like a person, a cat named Ugh and a cat named Wee.
He was employed at Howard Cote’s Farm in his younger years, and later self-employed as a taxi driver, worked at Canton Oil Company, Uhl, Hall and Rich Construction and later St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation retiring in 1986 as a lock and dam operator foreman after 30 years of service.
Mat’s work ethic was as extensive as his career, which extended into several volunteer positions, some of which included being a member of the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department, serving as their treasurer for 13 years. A member of the Northern New York Fire Department, past treasurer of the American Federation of Govt. Employees Union, worked with others to create the Madrid Rescue Squad receiving the required training, past secretary and later president of Hamilton Gardens Senior Citizens Complex, where he participated from its infancy, life member of Massena BPOE Lodge # 1702, life member of the Knights of Columbus and one of its founding charter members. Former member of the Massena Moose Club, Waddington village trustee for two terms, co-chair of the Town & Village of Waddington Disaster Preparedness Plan, former member of the Waddington Lions Club, board member and past president of the Moore Museum Coordinator for grant and NYPA funds for Waterfront Revitalization and a contact with grantors and contractors. He also helped design and build a family home in Waddington and was a past chairman for the Waddington Village Planning Board, along with a past member of the Madrid Investment Club.
Mathew is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jane Layo, a sister in-law Martha McLean and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his siblings, Vern Layo, Beryl Butler, Phyllis Mahar, and Marjorie Lazzaro, along with his niece Sandra Sharpe, sister-in-law Mary Rickard and nephew Daniel Mahar.
Mathew passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, 2018 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.
As per the family honoring Mathew’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at St. Mary’s Church, Waddington with Rev. Doug Lucia officiating. Burial to be held in the parish cemetery following the funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests any memorial contributions in Mat’s name to be shared with the Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad; P.O. Box 331 Waddington, NY 13694.
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