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Micky ERBE
1946 - 2021
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 to share condolences and memories. In lieu of flowers, a donation to an animal rescue or shelter near you, or to The AFC (, would be sincerely appreciated. Details of a celebration of life to follow when we can gather safely.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2021.
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I had the great good fortune to assist in the recording sessions for The Spitfire Band at Eastern Sound. For a kid raised on Big Band Swing it was as good as it gets ! Through it all, Micky was as sweet as he was gifted.
Don Dickson
April 23, 2021
Mickey was the light in every room . He was part of the family. So talented,funny and kind. So sad to hear the news. Rest in peace my friend.
Yvonne Hobbs
April 22, 2021
RIP Mick.
Paul Zaza
April 21, 2021
Ah. If a man is known by the quality of the relationships he had, Micky is world-class famous. Look at the people who surrounded him - the legion of musicians, filmmakers, the friends, and family - Leah, Cathy, Maribeth. There is an endless list of Micky fans. Count me among them. So so sad for your loss.
Lee-Anne McAlear
April 20, 2021
Gari-Elleni Brick
April 19, 2021
Micky brought us the Music, the Arrangements and the memories. In the Studio or on the Road he gave us pleasure and laughter. It was always fun. Most certainly One of the Good Guys. RIP Micky
Ed Preston RCA Records/Spitfire Band
April 19, 2021
My sincerest sympathies to Leah, and all Micky's family. Heartfelt wishes for finding peace in this sad time. Micky was a dear, funny, talented and kind person. Warm regards, judy tate barlow
judy tate barlow
April 18, 2021
Marcee Ruby
April 18, 2021
What a beautiful, kind and gentle soul. My heart aches for you. All my love. J.
Janet Abraham
April 17, 2021
Micky always showed me an immense amount of kindness, and welcomed me into his home with open arms I will not forget his warm embrace and humbled essence. May he Rest In Peace❤ To my dearest aunt Cathy I love you, always.
Victoria Holland
April 17, 2021
What a fantastic guy!

I had the pleasure of being in his company in 1989 during the time my friend Gabby and I were nanny’s in Rosedale.

Mickey was a true gentleman, amazing chef and a great boss.

He made our time in Toronto very special and although Gabby returned to England, I stayed and will always have great memories of Mickey and Leah.

Love from Nicole and Gabby
Nicole Simmons
April 17, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Wendy A Marshall
April 16, 2021
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