Sunday, January 08, 2006

Funeral Coverage, Globe & Mail, Jan 8 06
Sunday, January 8, 2006 Posted at 5:09 PM EST
Irving Layton remembered as iconic wordsmith
Leonard Cohen and Moses Znaimer among crowd at poet's funeral

Montreal — Irving Layton, who achieved an iconic status on the Canadian literary scene with his gritty poems, was remembered Sunday as a challenging yet inspiring wordsmith.

A crowd including poet and singer Leonard Cohen, media mogul Moses Znaimer and federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler were among the mourners at his funeral in west-end Montreal.

They all recalled Layton as a teacher, friend and an artist who used his work to make people think about life's great issues.

Layton died Wednesday at the age of 93 in a long-term care facility. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

A prolific writer, he published more than 40 books of poetry and prose during more than five decades.

Layton was named to the Order of Canada in 1976, held several university posts as poet- or writer-in-residence and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.


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