Peterborough’s Erica Cherney has passed away

Community leader and relentless volunteer served on numerous boards and committees

Peterborough icon Erica Cherney, pictured here with Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef prior to her election in 2015, has passed away (photo: Maryam Monsef / Twitter)
Peterborough icon Erica Cherney, pictured here with Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef prior to her election in 2015, has passed away (photo: Maryam Monsef / Twitter)

Peterborough is mourning the passing of the matriarch of its business community, Erica Cherney, who passed away at home this morning after a long fight against cancer.

Respected for her quiet wisdom, opinions, and leadership, Cherney was well known and beloved in the Peterborough community.

A businesswoman who owned and operated Cherney Realty for many years, she was also a community leader and relentless volunteer who served on numerous boards and committees.

Former Peterborough mayor Sylvia Sutherland with her friend Erica Cherney at The Black Horse Pub in 2015 at a birthday celebration for Donna Clarke (photo: Jeannine Taylor)
Former Peterborough mayor Sylvia Sutherland with her friend Erica Cherney at The Black Horse Pub in 2015 at a birthday celebration for Donna Clarke (photo: Jeannine Taylor)

She received many honours over the years, including YWCA Woman of the Year in 1987 and Peterborough’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1999. In 2005, Trent University bestowed her with an Honorary Doctorate and, more recently, she was inducted into Peterborough’s Business Hall of Fame.

A public service will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at Beth Israel Synagogue (775 Weller St, Peterborough), after which there will be a private family burial.


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