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Deacon Jack Layton, 76, of McMurray, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017.
Deacon Layton was retired from active ministry at St. Benedict the Abbot Parish, Peters Township, where he served since coming to the diocese in 1984. He was ordained for the Diocese of Joliet in 1981 and served at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bolingbrook, Ill. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1997.
He worked as a certified broadcast engineer and consultant to broadcasting services. During his career, he worked at many radio stations in Pittsburgh, including KDKA as engineering manager. He received his Amateur Radio License in 1954 and broadcast under the calling name "W9UK."
Deacon Layton was an avid reader and passionate about literature. Over the course of his life, he published several books and articles.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; a daughter, Judith Layton Jones; a son, Christopher Layton and fiancée Julia Marple; a grandson, Aiden Marple; two sisters, Kathleen DeCesari (Charles) and Patricia Clark (Jack); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a sister, Mary Hennessey (Fran survives), and a brother, Paul Layton (Michele survives).
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 2 p.m., the time of Mass, Friday, July 21, in the chapel of St. Benedict the Abbot Church, Peters Township, with Bishop William Winter as celebrant. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauer Funeral Home, McMurray, 724-941-3211.
The family asks, due to allergies, donations be made to American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.
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Published in Observer-Reporter from Jul. 19 to Jul. 20, 2017.
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July 14, 2019
Now as the deacon at St. Benedict, I feel your presence each time I enter the sacristy and put on the vestments that you once wore. It is not lost on me that I must continue your good work. Miss you my friend.
Victor Satter
July 27, 2017
Jack always treated my son and I as family. He was a kind hearted, funny person and I'm honored to have known him and to be marrying in to his family. RIP
July 26, 2017
July 22, 2017
RIP my friend. I'll always remember our tour of KDKA in the '90's. 73. Barry. NJ3X.
July 21, 2017
I will never forget him. He brought my wife into the church. Excellent homilies. A normal saint. Thanks Jack may you rest in the glory of the Lord.
Dr, Joe Bardzil
July 21, 2017
I never met Mr. Layton but worked with his daughter Judy. Judy and I became good friends and when hearing of her loss broke my heart. Rest in Peace Mr. Layton
Bob Bernardi
July 21, 2017
Jack was highly regarded as an engineering appraiser at BIA Kelsey. His work was high quality, precise and accurate, and based on a deep knowledge of the radio industry. A true gentleman, He will be missed.

Sid Shumate, Senior Appraiser, BIA/Kelsey.
July 20, 2017
Prayers to your family. Jack, you signed off with honor...
R Morgan Burrow Jr
July 20, 2017
I was saddened to hear of Jack's transition. What a fine, kind and extremely bright man. I worked with Jack at KDKA radio. My condolences to his family and friends.

--Cheryl Langston
Program Director '84-88
Cheryl Morton-Langston
July 20, 2017
One of the best hiring decisions I ever made was to recruit Jack as my Assistant Engineering Manager at WIND in Chicago. We made a great team, mentoring each other as we built a state-of-the-art broadcast facility there. I attended Jack's ordination, then I transferred to New York City and recommended Jack for the Engineering Manager position at KDKA, where he again did great work. He was a fine engineer and a good friend. Sincere condolences to Cathy, Judy, and Chris.
Harrison Klein
July 20, 2017
I replaced Jack at Chicago in the late 1970's and will miss him dearly. His contributions to the broadcast engineering community, continue today.
Mark Heller
July 19, 2017
I will always remember Jack as a great story teller and a man of great faith. He will be missed.
Vic Satter
July 19, 2017
Jack was a great friend we had a lot of good times within the broadcast Industry.
Gary & Janet Hagerich
July 19, 2017
Jack was a friend and a mentor, and his wisdom and humor will be missed very much. Rest in peace. Ron Frank, K3WJL
Ron Frank
July 19, 2017
He was our friend and we will miss him dearly. With deepest sympathy. N3KLR & N3MDP
Norm and Susan Torisky
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