John Layman
1948 - 2021
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John Layman, 72, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Born on October 21, 1948, he was the son of the late Raymond Lewis Layman and Thelma (Lyons) Layman.

Surviving are sons Christopher Layman, Andrew Layman, sister Barbara Layman Stine and nephew Mark Stine and his wife, Joann, as well as many cousins and two great nieces, Alyssa and Briana.

From January 1994 to the present, he taught Design and Woodworking to lower school boys at Gilman School in Baltimore. It was simple. He loved them and they loved him.

In accordance with his wishes, John will be cremated and interred at Frostburg Memorial Park.

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Published in Baltimore Sun from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2021.
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April 26, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jacqueline Malachowski-Friend
Friend
April 23, 2021
Blessings John - Rest In Peace.
Your hospitality, especially on early rainy mornings, blessed me!
T Kelly
Coworker
April 23, 2021
Blessings John - Rest In Peace.
Your hospitality, especially on early rainy mornings, blessed me!
T Kelly
Coworker
April 16, 2021
Our condolences to Mr. Layman's family, his friends and the Gilman community. He leaves behind a legacy of generosity and kindness, as well as creativity that stressed the importance of students working not only with their minds, but with their hands and their imaginations.
Mr. Layman never failed to exhibit pride at his students "masterpieces."
He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Parent '08
Talia R. Sheridan
Friend
April 16, 2021
I was a student back in the 2000’s. Design and Woodworking with Mr. Layman is (and always will be) one of my most cherished memories from growing up at Gilman.
Jay Merritt Eastman
Student
April 15, 2021
John was one of those wonderful people whose kindness touched everyone. He was always there to help others without being asked and was loved by students, parents, and colleagues alike. The boys couldn't wait to go to Design & Woodworking classes, and John was the reason. In his own quiet way, he added such strength to the fabric of our Lower School. If St. Peter ever needs a hand, John will be the first to volunteer. Bless your soul, John. You were truly a fine person.
Leith Herrmann
Coworker
April 15, 2021
John had such a kind spirit and I will miss seeing him at school. My house is filled with woodworking treasures from my boys who loved Mr. Layman's class. They will be constant reminders of a wonderful man. Rest in peace, you will be missed.
Maria Tilley
April 15, 2021
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April 15, 2021
Here’s to you, John.
Your never ending patience.
Your loyalty as a friend.
Your commitment to help each student feel pride, and a sense of accomplishment in his work.
Your amazing ability to recognize a flip car, lamp, key holder on every single project with no name. (There were many when setting up the art exhibit.)
Your legacy of countless woodworking projects that will live on in homes of Gilman students.
A life well lived and a beautiful legacy.
Jackie Armstrong Knipp
April 14, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of John's death. I worked with John for many years at the Gilman Lower School. His quiet manner and kind words made him a wonderful teacher and colleague. John went above and beyond his duties as a teacher, always helping and volunteering his time whenever and wherever there was a need. John will be remembered as an excellent teacher of young boys and a calming, smiling force among his coworkers.
Dottie Mooney
Coworker
April 14, 2021
I worked with John for many, many years at Gilman and would bring tours of prospective parents through his Lower School Design and Woodworking class. The parents were alway delighted to see what the boys were doing and hear what John said about the progression of skills the boys were learning as they made the amazing projects. John was so kind and patient with those young men, and was a kind, thoughtful, and helpful friend to his colleagues. He will be missed by so many people.
Jane Bartlett
Coworker
April 14, 2021
I was a colleague of John’s for eight years as a member of the Gilman Lower School Faculty. He was always a gentle, valued, caring and supportive friend. I will miss seeing him, and our thoughtful conversations. When my grandson Ben was in second grade, in 2019, he and John worked together on a birthday present for me made out of wood. I valued it then, but even more now. John will be greatly missed.
Patricia Friel
Coworker
April 14, 2021
I have worked with John for 20 years and he is by far the kindest person I have known. His life has touched Gilman colleagues, students, and parents in ways he could not have begun to imagine. I will cherish my memories of this sweet man.
Tammy Testerman
Coworker
April 14, 2021
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