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Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Kerry Layton

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Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Kerry Layton

Kerry represented the best of the best, went out of his way to say something nice to everyone and enjoy everything the music and the surf had to offer - He will be greatly missed by so many.

A Few Words from Our Friend Jen Mikle who captured the spirit of the man so many of us were lucky enough to experience Kerry’s spirit first hand. Whether you knew him a lifetime or a moment he made you smile and we he will be dearly missed.

Jean Mikle: So it’s a beautiful morning at the Jersey Shore, bright sun, cool breeze. The kind of day we wait all winter for. And I’m thinking of my friend Kerry. On a day like this he’d almost certainly been in Asbury Park, sitting on “his bench” just south of Convention Hall. He’d ride his bike down from his house in Deal and set up camp, putting down a towel, taking off his shirt to soak up the sun and just sit there and watch the parade of people pass by on the boardwalk. He used to crack me up because he always had this little transistor radio, tuned to either WCBS-FM or 90.5 The Night; a lot of times you could only vaguely hear the sounds coming out of that tiny radio but Kerry had to have the music with him at all times. His observations about the people passing by were completely unique - to say the least - but what was amazing about Kerry is the pure joy he’d get from just sitting in the sun, checking out the scene. He loved talking to people who passed by; he was most definitely the chief “ambassador” at the Stone Pony, but when he was on the boardwalk I always thought of him as an ambassador for Asbury Park itself. The thing about Kerry is, he never lost that innocent quality; the ability to be intrigued and amazed by the small miracles of daily life. When you think about him, and the things he said (Lynne calls them “Kerry-isms”), you really can’t help but smile, or even laugh out loud. That’s a gift, I think. I sure will miss him, and I can't even imagine how difficult this must be for my dear friend Pam (they were together almost 50 years) and all of his family. Please keep them in your thoughts in these difficult days.

Earlier Event: May 31
CSN Songs - Unplugged
Later Event: June 21
Happy Together 2019