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Antonio 'Tony" Layun

d. November 10, 2022

Antonio “Tony” Layun passed away peacefully at his home on November 10, 2022. Tony was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1930. In 1957 he was the first in his family to leave Argentina in pursuit of the American dream. His travels to the United States landed him in Detroit, Michigan where he met the love of his life, Helga, and in 1962 they were married. Tony initially took a job as a shipping clerk which allowed him to attend night classes to improve his English. But he decided the best way to fully grasp his new language was to pursue a job that would expose him to a multitude of people. This is what lead to his calling as a salesman and in 1959 he began a 28 year career with Alcoa selling Wear-Ever aluminum products and Cutco Cutlery. Being a true “people person” Tony rose through the ranks and in 1971 he was selected to organize a new domestic and international sales division for Cutco/Wear-Ever based out of Ft Lauderdale. Thus, Tony, Helga, and their 4 children moved to Plantation, Florida where he touched many people’s lives, and he will always be remembered by those friends and his family as the life of the party during the many home barbecues and holiday celebrations. Tony was also quite the accomplished chef. He was famous for his spaghetti sauce, homemade noodles, and empanada recipes. These were often a part of family get togethers and are a continuing part of his legacy. We all treasure the family time spent filling and baking empanadas together. In 1987 Tony retired from Alcoa and started his second 28 year career as a salesman at Coral Springs Auto Mall. While at Coral Springs, Tony became somewhat of a celebrity, winning salesman of the year 5 years in a row (from 1987 to 1991) and making hundreds of happy car owners and new friends along the way. Tony had a saying on the back of his business card by Ron Willingham that described his life, “The happiest people in the world are those who see as the purpose of their life to serve other people”. Tony was preceded in death by his parents: Jorge and Maria, and his sisters: Jabse and Maruca. He is survived by his cherished wife of 60 years: Helga; his children: Patricia Ann (Andrew) Hamilton, Ricardo Jorge (Angelia) Layun, Miguel Anthony (Krissy) Layun, Maria Luisa (Brian) Slowinski; 5 grandchildren: Amber, Dylan, Paige, Trent, and Brett; his beloved brother: Moises; and many, many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends
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