Cathedraltown cow just one of family developer’s personal design cues – by Scott Wheeler (Toronto Star – July 27, 2017)

Helen Roman-Barber is the daughter of uranium mining magnate Stephen B. Roman, the second most important man in Canadian mining history:

Deli restaurant owner Zane Caplansky has a message for Markham residents upset about the massive cow statue the city installed in their front yards: I’ll take it!

“If you’ve got a beef with that statue, you’ve got a beef with me, because I’m all about beef,” he said Thursday, less than 48 hours after Charity Crescent homeowners met with Councillor Alan Ho to express distaste over the cow their street is named after.

But the donor of the statue, Helen Roman-Barber, who is developing Markham’s Cathedraltown neighbourhood in honour of her family’s deep history in the area, has different plans. “Good luck, guy. Good luck, guy,” she said.

Her father Stephen Roman’s Romandale Farm, the land on top of which Cathedraltown now rests, bought the famed cow named Brookview Tony Charity from a farm in Port Perry in 1985 for a then-record $1.45 million.

Charity was a nine-time all-Canadian or All-American show cow. Never defeated in her class, she was said to be the most productive milking cow in the world in the 1980s. Inside Roman-Barber’s office on King St. hang photos of Charity — and other family heirlooms. The tables are covered in magazines from her ancestors’ lineage in Slovakia.

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