In Memoriam: Charles W. Layer, 76

Died in 2005

Charles W. Layer, who was know as “Charlie” Layer to all who knew him at Chase, passed away from lung cancer on April 6, 2005 in Ocala, Florida. He was 76.

Charlie was born in Lockport, NY. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 10 years and attained the rank of Yeoman First Class.

He joined Chase in 1956. He used his extensive administrative skills and steadily worked his way up in the Operations Department. He was appointed Assistant Treasurer in 1968, promoted to Second Vice President in 1972 and Vice President in 1975. He graduated from the Stoner Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. In the 1970s Charlie headed ISS (Issuer Securities Services) Group at One New York Plaza and stayed with Chase when the business was sold to Bradford National. After ISS, he worked in a variety of positions, including facilities planning and setting up operations at overseas branches. His final position was at the Artria building in Garden City.

Charlie retired from Chase in December 1987 and moved to Ocala, Fla. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Gloria, his daughter, Camille, son-in-law, Kevin Redmond and six grandchildren.


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From Victor Len: I worked for Charlie in the mid-1970 and he always made a point of mentoring younger officers on the qualities he believed to be important. He did not lecture but through his actions he instilled the qualities of dedication and resourcefulness, honest hard work and consideration for the staff. He believed these were the qualities that distinguished Chase at that time. He was proud to work for Chase and he instilled that pride in all those he developed.