I Did It My Way: A Memoir by Milton Layte

Author: Milton Layte


Milton Layte grew up in Birchy Bay, Notre Dame Bay and went on to become a successful entrepreneur, with car dealerships in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. He says the foundation of his life, as taught by his parents, was to always tell the truth and to treat others as you would have them treat you.



From humble beginnings to entrepreneurial success

Milton Layte has often wondered if it’s better to be a jack of all trades or a master of one. He says he considers himself to be a jack of all trades and, most importantly, a husband and father.

He went to work as a logger at age sixteen, and went on to excel in trades that included heavy equipment operator, tractor trailer operator and mechanic.

A man of great ambition with a burning desire to succeed, he progressed rapidly as an entrepreneur, becoming owner or part owner of a pulpwood harvesting operation, an apartment building, a shopping mall, and, eventually, a Honda dealership in Gander and two Hyundai dealerships, one in Gander, where he still lives, the other in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Born in Notre Dame Memorial Hospital Hospital in Twillingate, the only one of his ten siblings to be born in a hospital, Milton grew up in Birchy Bay, a small community in Notre Dame Bay.

His parents, Florence and Aaron Layte, taught him to always tell the truth and to treat others as you would have them treat you, and he says he has used those two things as the foundation of his life.

Family is very important to Milton, and so are friends. His road through life has had its ups and downs, and throughout it all he’s maintained long lasting, loyal, and strong friendships. He believes good friends are one of the most important things in the world.

Milton’s story, that of a man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps and became a successful entrepreneur, makes for a heck of a good read.