Raymond L. Dowling

  • Born: January 9, 1933
  • Died: August 1, 2013
  • Location: San Dimas, California

Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries - Covina Hills FD 1150

21300 Via Verde Drive
Covina, CA 91724

Tel. (800) 204-3131

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Raymond by adding your memories and photos.

Raymond L. Dowling, born on January 9, 1933, in Victoria, British Columbia, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the age of 80, on August 1, 2013 due to complications from a heart attack. He resided in San Dimas, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Covina, California.

Ray was born in Nanaimo, Victoria Island, British Columbia, Canada on Jan. 9, 1933. His birth mother was Marjorie Dowling. Ray was lovingly raised (along with his adoptive sister Jean Quillen) by his adoptive parents Harold and Mary Stephenson in Vancouver, Canada. After leaving home at the age of 16, Ray worked his way to Toronto where he found his two loves: his wife Joan and plastic injection molding. On March 1, 1955, he married his caring wife of 58 years, Joan Perreira, of Georgetown, Guyana. In 1957, Ray along with pregnant Joan and baby Peggy, moved his family to Los Angeles.

Ray started his own company, UPM, Inc. in 1962. The company has grown from three small machines with only a few employees to a successful company that employs nearly 300 people today. Ray was a leader in the plastics industry for over 50 years. Ray proved himself to be a generous, honest, humorous mentor to all. Although he only had a tenth grade education, Ray took immense pride in building a company that employed so many great people. He loved walking the floor, talking to employees about their lives, and finding a way to help them. He considered everyone who worked at UPM part of his family.

Ray was a longtime resident of San Dimas and had battled back from several illnesses. He survived a stroke in 1982, a kidney transplant in 1990, and cancer in 2003. He was an avid golfer and will be missed at the Via Verde Country Club of which he was a founding member. Ray loved fishing in Cabo, water skiing at Lake Havasu, snow skiing, working his "system" at blackjack, winning at liar's poker, playing cards with his friends, shooting pool, going to Laker and Dodger games, telling stories, and spending time with his family.

Ray is survived by his wife, Joan, his four children: Peggy, Steve, Jason and Andy; six grandchildren: Kristi, Nick, Kelley, Raegen, Tatum and Luc; one great-grandchild: Riley; and two daughters in-law: Janis and Rusty.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I would have to say my favourite memory of uncle ray was when I first met him and he awed me by showing how good at pool he was with one hand behind his back. I miss you uncle ray and just wanted to send my condolences to all of the family that I never get to see or hear from. God Bless you all.

Posted by Belinda De Silva - Oshawa - niece   July 05, 2014

Steve and Jason: My condolances to the Dowling family as well as to the extended family at UPM. Your dad will be missed.

Posted by Bruce Stone - Pasadena, CA - Business associate   August 16, 2013

Steve and Jason,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Though he is no longer among us physically, he lives on through you two and through your extended family.
Your continued success adds to his legacy!
Dan Miller
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery

Posted by Dan Miller - Strongsville, OH - Business Associate   August 13, 2013

Ray was one of the really good guys .Our world needs more people like he was.My deepest sympathy to the dowling Family.

Posted by David Becker - Yucaipa, CA - work associate and friend   August 12, 2013


Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to you and the extended Dowling Family. We hope the voids of your loss will be filled with many treasured memories.

The Colbys

Posted by Jim - Diamond Bar, CA   August 10, 2013

I was privileged to know Ray Dowling. As a young entrepreneur, was invaluable to me as we built our business around his prolific ideas and always being available.

I remember our lunches and quality time he would share with his sage ideas and always caring ways.

I respected Ray as a businessman for his ethics and ideals which were the hallmark of his family life and his adoration for his wife and children.

I will always remember Ray and young Jason moving up the ranks, Ray was always proud of his children and has left a legacy that will be carried on.

I celebrate his Life and although their is a Loss, he was truly a Gift to those who knew him. He surely will be missed.


Gene Nalbandian
Retired CEO Jardinier Corporation

Posted by gene Nalbandian    August 09, 2013

I will ALWAYS remember selling machines to Ray. When I would drop by to see him, he would say "What do you want Filippone"" What kind of JUNK are you trying to see us today?" Then he would invite me into his office and give me a purchase order for a JSW machine. After that, he would invite me to be his guest for lunch. He never let me pay for lunch and HE was my customer. That was this special Guy named Ray Dowling. A ONE OF A KIND SPECIAL HUMAN BEING!!!

Joanie. Thanks for introducing us to Ray's special "Chicken Rice Soup" from Cocos. We are there every Thursday.


John Filippone

Posted by John Filippone - Glendora, CA - Equipment Salesman and Friend   August 09, 2013


Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with the Dowling family during this difficult time. As a someone I respect mentioned earlier to me, You can see the type of person he was by the company he built. Couldn't agree more.

All your friends at Ecoplast

Posted by Jose Perez - Fontana, CA   August 08, 2013

Our thought and prayers are with the Dowling family. From the family at Argo Spring.
Mike Fox

Posted by Mike Fox - Norwalk, CA - Vendor   August 08, 2013


Ray, you will be missed. I will always remember your smiling face when i came into UPM. I know you had a great life and as Abraham Lincoln said, "its not the years in your life but the life in your years"
And, I know you raised some great kids and lived a happy good life.
RIP, my friend.
Love always,
Scot Wiesemann

Posted by Scot Wiesemann and the entire Entec family - Newport Beach, CA - supplier and friend   August 08, 2013

We would like to send our condolences to the Dowling family and UPM on Ray's passing. He will be missed. He was always considerate and treated us with respect.

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow" by R.L. Stevenson

David Ankele
Applied Distribution Resources, Inc.

Posted by David Ankele - Santa Clara, CA - Business   August 08, 2013

Steve, Jason and the UPM Staff,
All of us at LoBasso Packaging are very sorry to hear about your Ray's passing. We know the important role he played at the plant and in in each of your lives and we will be terribly missed. Our prayers are with you all, may Ray rest in eternal peace.
With care,
Frank LoBasso & LPI Staff

Posted by LoBasso Packaging - Fountain Valley, CA - Vendor   August 08, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting Ray when during a recent business trip the family extended an offer for me to join them and him for lunch. We only had a brief chat, but I remember telling colleagues how warm and charming he was and how the conversation flowed effortlessly. I was impressed that after all the years, he still had a genuine interest in the specific small-scale project I was working on with UPM, and it spoke volumes to his passion for injection molding. I only wish I'd had more of an opportunity to work with him. My condolences are with his family as they work through this difficult time.

Posted by Sean McEwan - Sanford, NC - colleague   August 08, 2013


Rest well and in Peace

Posted by Walter Hirsch - Freiburg, MI - Business   August 08, 2013

Steve and family;

I am sincerely saddened by the loss of one of the pioneers of our plastics business. Fair and tough is how I remember Ray during our business dealings. And I of course remember the smile and his wonderful approach to life. May time pass quickly for you and your family.

Posted by Bill MacIver - Toronto, Ontario   August 08, 2013


Steve, our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. May his memories live on forever in your hearts. May he rest in peace.

Posted by David Ochoa, MCA, Inc. - Eagle Pass, TX   August 08, 2013

Thank you to the Dowling family for taking the time to share this unfortunate news during this difficult time. The memories I have of Ray are always with him laughing and joking, surrounded by his wonderful family and many many friends. I absolutely LOVED his energy and to hear his many stories, what a life he lived!! I cherish the times that I got spend with Ray! My heart goes out to Joanie, her children and her grandchildren. Please know you will all be in my prayers and continual thoughts. Love you all very much! Karen

Posted by Karen Cervantes - Corona, CA - Friend   August 08, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Steve. Sorry for your loss, and I wish my condolences to your family. Peter Heidrich, Coastline Plastics Machinery

Posted by Peter Heidrich - Palm Desert,, CA - I know this son, Steve   August 08, 2013

I had the pleasure of first meeting Ray about 5 years ago. He was one of the friendliest people I've ever met! Around me, he always had a big smile on his face and he never had anything to say that was negative. His smile was infectious and he always made me feel good! What a great guy!

To Jason and the Dowling Family, I want to express my deepest sympathies and your Dad and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. I will always remember him as one of the happiest people I've ever had the pleasure to know!



Posted by Jeff Gearhart - San Diego, CA - Business Associate   August 07, 2013

May the Lord's peace and comfort be with the family & friends.

Posted by Kip Carter - Temecula, CA - Injection Molding "Brother"   August 07, 2013

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight...

May your memories give you peace and comfort.

God Bless you all!
VMP Inc.

Posted by Lisa - Valencia, CA   August 07, 2013


Ray was very kind, and always made time to say hello and speak with me whenever I visited UPM.

I respected him very much for all that he knew and accomplished in the Plastics Industry.

My condolences go out to his family for their great loss. I'll truly miss him.

Glen Isenberg
Synergy Polymers

Posted by Glen - Thousand Oaks, CA - Friend and respected colleague   August 07, 2013

So many memories of some wonderful times.

I am the son of Ralph Powell, the passing of Ray was felt deep in my heart.
I worked at UPM almost every summer, mostly making boxes. They did let met drive the forklift once and I spilled a pallet of plastic across the shop floor. Well I was only 14 years old.

I fell in love with the process of injection molding, and opened my own company 20 years ago in my garage. Were now running 10 machines, and still growing project by project.

Do I dare mention the Slushy Cup project! Well I remember my Dad getting a bronzed award for that one!

Ray your dreams live on, although I was a pesky little kid probably in the way most of time. What I left with was a burning desire to melt some plastic!

Love to all

Greg Powell
Big Cheese
Make-It Manufacturing Inc.

Posted by Greg Powell - PASO ROBLES, CA - Friend   August 07, 2013

Steve and Jason, I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing away. I never had a chance to meet him but from what little I read he sounded like a wonderful person and I would have loved to meet him. My prayer are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Faizia Itisam - Chicago, IL - Business Associate   August 07, 2013


For the Dowling and UPM Family,

For right now and all the days ahead - wishing you strength, peace, and wonderful memories.

With deepest sympathy for your loss,

Kendra Burch
Southland Polymers

Posted by Kendra Burch - Santa Fe Springs, CA   August 07, 2013

We were fortunate to fine UPM, 15 years ago to mold our platform for our balance equipment. UPM worked with us all thes years with such professionalism but kindness. Our company was sold the end of 2011 and I miss our association. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. And how could you not love a man who has "his own system" Nance

Posted by Nancy Martin - Vista, CA - business associate   August 07, 2013



My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Best Regards,


Posted by John Mack - Peoria, AZ - Business Associate   August 07, 2013


Please accept Our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Clariant Corporation

Posted by Vanessa Fernandez - Chino, CA - Work   August 07, 2013


My condolences to the family. God Bless!

Posted by Jesus Soto - Phoenix, AZ   August 07, 2013

Family Album

Ray Burt John in Hawaii
Ray Burt John
Ray Vicki Scott
Stephen Trach (cousin) sorry we never got to meet!

Life Stories

We met Ray and Joanie at our, and the, ir first New Year Celebration in California at the Covina Bowl. We remained a "best friends" foursome for many years until we moved to Long Beach. Even then, we kept in touch and met occasionally for dinner. I remember when Ray first purchased their manufacturing building and he hired me to remodel his office. He would take the whole office staff to lunch and it was so much fun. Joanie is one of the most caring person I have ever met and I cherish the fond memories I have of our longtime friendship with the Dowling Family. I was honored to be Andy's Godmother and I hope to visit him and the family soon at the South Coast Plaza Restaurant where Andy works..