Dean A. Layhee, 46, of Stiles Ave., Canton, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Maplewood Campus in Canton. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Douglas J. Lucia as celebrant. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Maplewood Campus, 205 State St. in Canton.
Dean is survived by his wife, Karen; his mother, Nancy of Canton; his twin brother, Dale and wife Jeanne of Felts Mills; and six nieces and two nephews, Sarah, Rachael and Cassandra Yakes, Alicia, Allison, Brian and Emily Trombley and Michael and Colleen Matzell. He will also be remembered by sisters-in-law, Kimberley Trombley, Kathy (Tom) Matzell, Karolyn Trombley and Keri Trombley; and mother-in-law, Patricia Trombley. He was predeceased by his father, John “Jack” Layhee, who died in 1997.
Born August 5, 1965, in Plattsburgh, a son of John and Nancy (Yasment) Layhee, he graduated Canton High School in 1983, SUNY Canton in 1985 with a degree in Business Administration and later attended SUNY Utica where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management in 1987.
On August 25, 1990 Dean married Karen Trombley at St. Mary’s Church in Canton with Rev. Fr. Harry Giroux as celebrant.
He was employed as an administrator for United Helpers Canton Nursing Home working from 1987 to 2000.
He was past president of the Kiwanis in Canton and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.
Dean was a collector of elephants, enjoyed spending time with family and was fond of traveling, especially to Disney World and taking cruises. He also was an annual attendee of Huntington’s Camp in Rush, NY.
Dean was also the first person afflicted with Huntington’s Chorea to receive a kidney and pancreas transplant in Vermont.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Canton Rescue, 77 Riverside Dr., Canton, 13617, to St. Mary’s Church, 66 Court St., Canton, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam 13676 or Maplewood Campus, 205 State St., Canton.