Raymond L. Dowling
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    New York, NY 10016

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“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...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Belinda De Silva - Oshawa - niece

“Steve and Jason: My condolances to the Dowling family as well as to the extended family at UPM. Your dad will be missed. ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Bruce Stone - Pasadena, CA

“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...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Dan Miller - Strongsville, OH

“Ray was one of the really good guys .Our world needs more people like he was.My deepest sympathy to the dowling Family. ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: David Becker - Yucaipa, CA

“Jason, 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...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Jim - Diamond Bar, CA

“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...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: gene Nalbandian

“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...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: John Filippone - Glendora, CA

“Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with the Dowling family during this difficult time. As a someone I...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Jose Perez - Fontana, CA

“Our thought and prayers are with the Dowling family. From the family at Argo Spring. Respectfully, Mike Fox ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Fox - Norwalk, CA - Vendor

“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...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Scot Wiesemann and the entire Entec family - CA

“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...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: David Ankele - Santa Clara, CA

“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...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: LoBasso Packaging - CA - Vendor

“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...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Sean McEwan - Sanford, NC

“Rest well and in Peace ”
14 of 29 | Posted by: Walter Hirsch - Freiburg, MI

“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...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Bill MacIver - Toronto, Ontario

“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. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: David Ochoa, MCA, Inc. - TX

“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...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Cervantes - Corona, CA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you, Steve. Sorry for your loss, and I wish my condolences to your family. Peter Heidrich, Coastline Plastics...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Peter Heidrich - Palm Desert,, CA

“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...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Jeff Gearhart - San Diego, CA

“May the Lord's peace and comfort be with the family & friends. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Kip Carter - Temecula, CA

“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...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa - Valencia, CA

“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...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Glen - Thousand Oaks, CA

Find your Wild Streak! “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...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Greg Powell - PASO ROBLES, CA

“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...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Faizia Itisam - Chicago, IL

“For the Dowling and UPM Family, For right now and all the days ahead - wishing you strength, peace, and wonderful memories. With deepest sympathy...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Kendra Burch - Santa Fe Springs, CA

“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...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Nancy Martin - Vista, CA

“Jason, My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Best Regards, John ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: John Mack - Peoria, AZ

“Please accept Our deepest condolences for your family's loss. Clariant Corporation ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Vanessa Fernandez - Chino, CA

“My condolences to the family. God Bless! ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Jesus Soto - Phoenix, AZ


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.