The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Rodeo Legend, Albert Laye, who passed away Sunday, Dec 4 at the age of 96.
Albert was born on September 27, 1920 in Walsh, Alberta to Gotthilf and Brigetta Laye.
Albert began his rodeo career in the amateur ranks in 1943 and turned pro in 1946. He was in the top five of Canada in the bull riding, steer riding and the all around standings from 1949 to 1951. Albert was a real hand in the bareback event, winning many rodeos. In 1952, while competing at the Stony Plain Rodeo, a bareback horse reared over backwards, pinning Albert and breaking the young cowboy's leg. He gave up the riding event and turned to timed events - calf roping and steer wrestling - where he showed up in the standings until his retirement from the arena. Albert continued to ranch with his family in the Consort, Alberta area.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Reany (Lana) Laye and his family, Brett (Tanya), Shane (Erica) and their daughter, Abigail; Blake and Jenna; Trudy (Rick) Landmark and their family, Cody (Brandee) and their children, Ashlyn, Kadence and Brylee; Kyle, Wade, Amber and her daughter, Aubree; Leon (Dana) Laye and their family, Derric (Montana) and Kelsey; Darcy (Terry) Laye and their family, Raina (Blake) and Clint (Cassidy) and their son, Cohen; brothers, Walter Laye, Bill Laye, Alex (Donnabelle) Laye; brother in laws, Ozzie Wiest and Harvey Fossen; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cadogan Agricultural Society Hall. Interment to follow at the Cadogan North Cemetery.