Friday, May 18, 2018 – Print Edition, Page B21

JAMES RAYMOND COWLING November 28, 1928 May 14, 2018

Ray passed away peacefully on Monday, surrounded by friends and family.

He was predeceased by his loving parents, Frank and Catherine Cowling, by his brother, Frank, and by his partner, Michael LaPatrillo. He is survived by his nephew, Brian Cowling; his niece, Lynn Cowling; his great-nephews, Jamie and Stephen Mogavero.

Ray came from humble beginnings. He cut his teeth at Menzies-Gibson Limited at 80 George Street in Toronto. Over the years, Ray's career blossomed. He became one of Canada's leading independent food brokers, importers and distributors. Ray finished his business career as the founder and president of the Cowling Group of Companies, conveniently located ten houses away from his principal residence.

Ray, through the James Raymond Cowling Foundation, established in 1994, was a great philanthropist who primarily helped children with intellectual disabilities. He contributed to many charities including Best Buddies, Casey House, and numerous hospitals.

Ray lived in Rosedale for over 50 years. In 2012 he donated the money to erect the "Gates of Rosedale" at the entrance to Crescent Road.

Ray was an athlete who loved football and squash. He was a world traveller who enjoyed spending his winters in Palm Beach. His dogs (including Nemo) and polar bears held a very special place in his heart.

Ray loved his friends. He entertained frequently. He was true and loyal and he kept in touch.

Ray will be remembered for his generosity, his natural charm and his infectious smile and laugh.

It was Ray's wish that there be no funeral. There will be a small gathering to see Ray off at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles- Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 22nd. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ray's memory to your favourite charity. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through

BARBARA RUTH CRIBB September 27, 1929 May 12, 2018

Barbara Ruth Cribb passed away peacefully at dinner on Saturday, May 12 at Thompson House in Don Mills. With happy visits from her son, George on Friday afternoon; her husband, Keith Saturday morning; and daughter, Cynthia Saturday afternoon, this sudden passing was a blessing for all.

She had only been in this Better Living facility for five weeks enjoying great care and making new friends.

Barbara was born in Toronto, to parents, George and Jean (Treloar) Bateman. The youngest of the family, she is predeceased by her parents and sister, Betty. She graduated from Havergal College in 1947, became a Registered Nurse through Toronto General Hospital in 1952, and moved into private practice until her marriage to Keith in 1956.

Barb loved music, having learned to play piano as a young girl, and enjoyed attending musicals at the Drayton, Stratford and Shaw festivals. She enjoyed the beaches of Southampton where her family had a childhood cottage.

Throughout her life, she was an avid golfer, in Toronto and Sarasota, Florida, where she and Keith spent the winter.

Together, they enjoyed many memorable cruises and trips to Europe. Barb treasured time spent with life-long friends, school and nursing classmates. Most of all, she cherished special occasions with family and friends. She supported many charities including the Arthritis Society, Salvation Army, and Better Living.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, aunt and friend, who brought us great joy. She will be forever in our hearts. A private service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, May 17th. A celebration of life for all will follow as soon as arrangements have been made. In lieu of flowers, donations to Better Living would be appreciated.


Chris passed peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on May 15, 2018 after a pulmonary embolism. She was 79 years old.

Chris fell in love with Stratford after starring in the Stratford Festival's iconic production of "The Mikado" in 1982. She played Katisha for two seasons, including the Canadian tour and the Old Vic engagement in London, England.

In 1993 she was one of only three original cast members to take part in the ten year revival.

Her theatrical career took her to so many interesting places, including Japan where she toured with Charlottetown's "Anne of Green Gables."

While highly regarded as an actor and singer, her lasting legacy will be as a teacher. Chris was head of the vocal program at Sheridan College's prestigious Music Theatre Program for 23 years and was treasured by her many students.

Through her students she is now represented on stages across Canada and the world, including Broadway and of course the Stratford Festival. At one Festival performance there were sixteen people onstage and she had taught thirteen of them to sing.

Chris leaves her husband, David; her daughter, Elissa; her stepchildren, Glyn, Karen and Diana; and her grandchildren, Kristofer, Adam and Lauren.

Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Sunday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford on Monday at 2 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the funeral home. 519-271-7411


On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Beloved father of Ryan, and Danielle. Loving son of Frances and Ab. Dear brother and brotherin-law of Randi Shuval, and Joanne Nisker and Darryl Ura.

Michael will be forever missed by Felicia Weinstein, and lovingly remembered by Julia Zvigelsky.

Loving uncle of Joshua and Miriam, Leora, Karley, Morgan, Daniel, and great-uncle of Nina, and Gil. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Interment in the Adath Israel section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday and Monday at 25 Scrivener Square, Toronto. Donations may be made to The Michael J. R. Nisker Memorial Fund c/o Benjamin Foundation 416-780-0324 or

ROBIN IAIN PATRICK STRUMP September 13, 1950 May 8, 2018

On Tuesday, May 8th Iain took his last bike ride on the Trans Canada Trail near Shawnigan Lake, B.C., passing suddenly at the age of 67 while on the trail. He was the loving husband of Sandra and cherished father of Reade. Iain's sister, Pamela; sister in-law, Laurie (Craig); and mother in-law, Grace Reade, will miss his unconditional support and presence. He was the ultimate Uncle Iain to Aimee, David, Leif, Cole, Jonah, Paisley, Chase and Troy and many friends of Reade.

Iain graduated with a MBA from The University of Western Ontario.

He joined the TD Bank Group in 1974, leading a distinguished 35 year career with postings in Toronto, Los Angeles and Calgary.

Known for an aggressive, get-itdone style, he cared deeply for his team and customers alike.

He finished his banking career as Senior Vice President, Prairie Region retiring in 2006.

Retirement took the Strumps to Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island to live by the ocean, close to family, while enjoying golf, cycling and touring around in Iain's fast vehicles. Iain was a challenged golfer, yet an ardent ball retriever. World travels and California winters made many more opportunities to make wonderful memories with family and friends alike.

Iain was a Husband, Father, Uncle, Friend and Banker like no other.

Iain possessed a keen wit, sharp sense of humour and had a way with words that certainly kept us entertained! Though he has left us unexpectedly, the love, laughter and memories will live on forever. A private service was held Sunday, May 13th on a favourite biking trail. The family invites the many friends and family to celebrate his life as he lived his, surrounded by many and raising a pint to a life well lived.

Condolences may be offered online at

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Sands Funeral Chapel - Duncan, BC 250-746-5212.

ERIC JON STEINBACH June 3, 1969 - May 18, 2015

Our wonderful and much loved son and brother died three years ago.

It is still hard to believe.

We miss him every day.

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