Canadian Woman Dies After Barbados Attack
March 19, 2009 3 Comments
Terry Schwarzfeld, the Ottawa woman who was attacked and robbed while on vacation in Barbados last month, has died.
Ms. Schwarzfeld and her daughter-in-law, Luana Cotsman, from Guelph, Ont., were attacked by a lone man while on Long Beach, in the island country’s south end on Feb. 28.
Ms. Schwarzfeld was struck in the back of the head with a hunk of wood. She was flown back to Ottawa, unconscious, and died Wednesday morning.
Ms. Cotsman is recovering from her injuries.
The man fled after the attack, and police in the Caribbean country recently announced a reward of $6,400 for information leading to his arrest. Officials are also installing police kiosks at Long Beach, where the attack occurred.
Ms. Schwarzfeld was recently elected national president of the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, a Jewish woman’s philanthropic organization. An active member of Ottawa’s Jewish community, Ms. Schwarzfeld was an ardent campaigner for women’s rights in Israel.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen Cotsman, and three adult sons: David, Adam and Simon.