MICKY (Richard) ERBE Born June 1, 1946 in Passaic, New Jersey, Micky died of cancer in Toronto on April 11, 2021. He passed peacefully in the loving presence of his wife Cathy and beloved daughter Leah (Mike). Micky also leaves behind stepdaughter Molly Willows and his dear brother, Bob (Helen). As a young man, Micky became a very serious trumpet player. After several years touring North America as a world class musician, Micky discovered he quite liked Toronto. It was there that he met Maribeth Solomon, a musician and composer who would become his lifelong writing partner. Together, Maribeth and Micky created a company, a beautiful life together, and a daughter named Leah. And together, their partnership won countless awards, including a boatload of Genies, Geminis, and an Emmy nomination. Micky and Maribeth so loved collaborating and were so good at it, they continued as a professional couple long after they moved on in their personal lives. Cathy and Micky were a perfect match. He was her rock. She was his kite. Together, they were the sun and the moon. Micky was an incredible talent and an even greater person who was warm, humble and completely down to earth. And he never lost his irresistible "New Joisey" sensibility. We all loved his low key, dry sense of humour complete with perfectly deadpan delivery. And when he wasn't cooking up spectacular scores for IMAX films, or leading the Spitfire Band in one of his many skillfully crafted arrangements in a revival of swing and big band classics, Micky was cooking up spectacular dinners. Micky loved Italian food. He was a student of great Italian food. He created great Italian food. And by god, he ate great Italian food. Plenty of it. Micky will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The pool, music and social scene in Solivita, FL just won't be the same without him. We wish to thank the entire Palliative Care Team at Mount Sinai Hospital and Temmy Latner Centre for the exceptional care they provided. Thank you to the 11th-floor nursing staff at Mount Sinai for their kindness in Micky's final days. Please visit etouch.ca
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Published by The Globe and Mail from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2021.