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Alda Maria Finn

January 26, 2024

Peacefully with family by her side, Alda passed away at home on Friday, January 26, 2024, at the age of 58. Beloved wife of Greg for 30 years. Loving mother of Nicholas and Andrew. Dedicated sister of Ilda (Len), and Joe (Christine), as well as Maria (John). Supportive sister-in-law to Melissa. Enthusiastic aunt of Stephanie, Laurie (Steven), Kara, Matt, Jessica (Andrew), Graham (Chloe), Amanda, and Wyatt. Great aunt to Jack, and Lucilia. Loving daughter-in-law of Constance. Joining her parents Isidro and Lucilia, father-in-law Jimmy, and nephews Ethan and Robert in heaven, where they are telling her *all the secrets*.

Alda was kind, loving, mischievous, and hilarious and she fiercely defended the people she cared about most. She loved her family, spending time with her extended Fonseca family whenever possible. Mom to two active sons, she was always an enthusiastic spectator, never missing a game, be it baseball, or water polo. She was also a great co-worker, coaching and supporting her team. She was there for her people!

Alda enjoyed trying new foods and wine. She made elaborate meals with Greg and inspired a passion for cooking in Andrew, Nick, and in her nieces and nephews. She once used a french fry to lure her great nephew Jack into taking his first step. She was a voracious reader, with a particular love for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Always active, she rediscovered her love of hiking during the pandemic, roaming far and wide with Greg and their dog Squeaky. She cared about her community and supported local causes.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, February 2, 2024, from 7:00 to 9.00 pm.

Those wishing to donate in memory of Alda are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program or a charity of your choice.

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I had the pleasure to work with Alda for more than 18 years, I have always saw her with a beautiful smile and although we were from different teams , she was always happy to help and answer questions …. Alda you made everyone who knew you smile , you are so missed …. RIP beautiful Alda , my condolences to her family … Maria Nunez-Rivas

~ Maria Nunez-Rivas

Like many here in these tributes, I had the pleasure of working with Alda from the time she started at the London office. Over the years she showed her professionalism in her work, how she dealt with customers and co-workers. She always had a smile on her face and would not hesitate to take the time to answer questions. She was my go to for questions from clients on the IBM Support portal, and never failed to solve the issue. Since the closure of our office the opportunity to bump into each other was lost, but we did still have the opportunity to chat over messaging and when she chatted about the boys, she was always so proud. She will be dearly missed. My deepest and sincerest condolences to Greg, Andrew and Nick and others who have had the pleasure of knowing Alda.

~ Mary Wood

I just made aware of Alda’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Alda for over 20 years, I had only met her in person only a few times, as she worked in London and I was based in Massachusetts. I am very sorry for your families loss. RIP Alda.

~ Ed Tarlowski

This is so heartbreaking to see this on a Sunday morning 💔 Alda was our fellow Portuguese mom to our boys . Lots of great memories and she was indeed the best “boys” mom ❤️ thinking of Andrew and the family during this difficult time. Cherish all the wonderful memories ❤️ Susy, Mark, Zack and Emma

~ The Blesity Family

I don't know what to say but have so much to say. My deepest sympathies to Greg, Nick and Andrew and all families and friends. When Nick and Andrew were small they watch the kids show The Wiggles and Alda would talk to me about Dorothy the dinosaur and bought me a Dorothy stuffie which I kept on my desk. I text her a few weeks ago to chat and told her that I still have Dorothy on my desk so she is working with me. Alda also introduced me to different music groups. We had talked about taking a trip to Portugal. Like others, we talked about cooking and would go to the cooking utensil store near the Covent Garden Market where we spent our lunch hour looking and giving her knowledge on the bake ware. She was my to go for cooking tips. A couple of weeks ago I texted her to ask what she would use for a middle layer in a layer cake, she responded "I'm a buttercream girl all the way". Alda was a great friend, as well as a co-worker (20+ years), an all round special person. Memories will warm our hearts. I miss you and our chats. Rest in peace.

~ Dorothy Fleming

Greg, Nick, Andrew, and extended family, may your memories comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to you all.

~ Sandra Strzalkowski

I am deeply saddened to learn about Alda's passing, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this incredibly challenging time. Losing someone as kind and wonderful as her is truly heartbreaking. I fondly recall our college days, where Alda's place served as the central gathering spot for us to meet, study, and work on projects. While I may not remember much of the studying or projects, the companionship we shared helped me through those college years, and the memories we created will forever have a special place in my heart.

~ Bryan Nixon

Greg and Family, please accept our sincerest condolences and we hope you find peace, comfort and the support of family and friends through this difficult time. Dave and Kristine Pitre

~ Dave Pitre

Today and always, may loving memories bring you strength and peace. May happy memories of your wife/Mother bring you comfort. So sorry for your loss.

~ Rain

Greg and family I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

~ Zeljka Pecanac

Greg and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Take care.

~ Ollie North

I am very saddened to hear of Aldas passing. She was a pleasure to work and radiated inspiration. A true professional who will be missed around the globe. My condolences to her family and friends.

~ Leonie Horne

Greg, Nick, Andrew and the extended family - may you find strength in the courage, compassion, and love that Alda has for all of you. Her memories will nourish you in this time of great loss. Our sympathies are with you.

~ Bob & Debbie Schram

I am saddened to hear Alda’s passing. Alda was amazing to work with. Her positivity and commitment had a way of making tough challenges enjoyable. She will be truly missed.

~ Cindy Barrett

To Alda's family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Alda was a pleasure to work with and always brought great energy and a positive attitude to our project meetings.

~ Emmet Clifford (IBM)

Greg & Family, I am so sorry. Please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences for your tremendous loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

~ Amelia Legg

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Alda for 23 years from across the world and also to meet her on 2 occasions for work purposes when she left a great impression with her drive and warmth. She was passionate about her work, was always helpful and I also had a lot of respect for her as a person. I have been very affected by the news of her passing. Condolences to her family and close friends.

~ Eric LeGuennec

Alda was an amazing person. Kind, thoughtful, generous with her time and resources and always willing to help. It was truly a privilege to get to know and work with her over the years, you immediately felt she had your back and she made you feel there is a solution to any challenge. She was fierce and passionate about her work and always stood up for what is right. I will forever treasure our laughs and chats about cooking, family, Portugal and raising children in a rapidly changing world. I am comforted knowing that she is no longer in pain and is now an angel watching over us all. Alda, may your beautiful amazing soul rest in eternal peace.

~ Anisat Simmons

As expressed throughout these touching tributes, Alda was adored by all, near and far. Greg, Nick and Andrew, Jim and I are here for you always. We've had the blessing of being next/back door neighbours for nearly 25 years. I will always cherish the conversations Alda and I had over the fence and in our yards when we were working in our gardens. I remember one conversation in particular. We were discussing the planting of and taking down of trees in our neighbourhood. It was evident that Alda had done her homework and educated me on her belief in planting "Native Trees". She was as bright as her twinkling eyes, always happy and smiling. We will miss her. Your loss is great, Those in Heaven danced in celebration when they saw her arrive. We will be planting a "Native Tree" near the fence between our yards this spring in memory and honour of precious Alda. God bless you and the family at this most tender time.

~ Darlene Cuthbert

It was my pleasure and honor to work with Alda these past several years. She was always engaging and open to discussion. She demonstrated great leadership and collaboration no matter what team she participated. My deepest sympathy to the Family and Friends. Everyone will deeply miss her.

~ Karen Stanley

Regardless of we met Alda in person or not(like myself), she will be missed and remembered by all the world wide co-workers. I still can hear your voice in my ears. Hope all our tears let you rest in peace and our memories goes out to your family.

~ Jisun Kim

Alda was a lovely colleague who always spoke positively and with humour about the work we all did. She was very good at what she did, she knew all the answers but what struck me was her jolly conversation and positive demeanour. IBM will greatly miss Alda :-(

~ Veronica Boccanfuso

I had the pleasure of working with Alda Finn over the last seven years. She was always passionate to speak up for her teams while at the same time facilitating discussion and welcoming differences in opinions. Alda was a great leader and always willing to help at any time. She led with honesty and integrity, and possessed the rare art to inspire others. My heart goes out to your family. Alda will be truly missed!

~ Christina Grimes

I worked with Alda at IBM and truly understand her kindness, mischievous tone, and how she fiercely defended the people she cared about in our work environment. She was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed!

~ Alan Hunt

I had the pleasure to work with Alda. I have come across few individuals with Alda's charisma, intellect, and willingness to help. I am extremely saddened by this outcome. My deepest condolences to anyone who had come in contact with Alda.

~ Alfredo Mirambeaux

I've known and work (interacted) with Alda for over 20 years. Although, when we started I was in the big London and Alda in the small London :-) the distance between us never stopped us from collaborating together from time to time. I will never forget the few times we had the chance to meet. She was always welcoming us with a big smile. She always found time to help anyone reaching out to her. R.I.P dear Alda, you are and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the chance to know you.

~ Benoit Cotnoir

I have had the pleasure of working with Alda for many years. Although we were on different teams we interacted regularly and she was always so friendly & helpful. Even after I'd already asked her a half dozen questions, then follow up with , "Sorry Alda but I have 1 more question" she would patiently take time to answer. She made our workplace life brighter, and happier with everything she did. My heart goes out to all of her family.

~ Kim Levitzky-Spearman

Greg, Nick, Andrew may all your memories of Alda help you through this very difficult time. Alda was a gem, she had so much passion for her family,friends and work. I met Alda approx 23 years ago we became co-workers and more importantly friends. So many memories over the years of long nights working on project(s), to our Support trips to New Hampshire and Boston, Mass. Our daily trips to Starbucks for coffee/tea, and gab sessions of did you hear the latest news. As I write this it makes me smile thinking back over the years and how much Alda has touched my life and everyone she came in contact with. You are so missed Alda Rest Well my Friend.

~ Mary Beth Downey

Alda has always been helpful and kind. It was such a shock! I'm still trying to accept that we no longer have you around. Wish you peace and comfort.

~ May On

I was saddened to hear of Alda's passing. She was among the cheeriest and most helpful colleagues I've had the good fortune of working with. A lovely lady, a star with a beautiful soul. RIP Alda, continue to shine bright. My deepest condolences are sent.

~ Tess

I was so saddened to hear of Alda's passing. I have been fortunate to have worked in the same office as Alda for many years. She was the glue that held the office together and I went to her for help many times on a number of subjects. She was never my team lead, and I was never on the same team as Alda (which is a shame) but she was always there to answer my many dumb questions. I know I had asked her the same thing on a few occasions and she always took the time to help me and never showed any frustration to the fact that I may have asked her the same thing 6 months prior. We talked a few times about our sons as both heres and mine loved to play baseball. I know she was deeply involved in their love for the sport. Sending love to her family and close friends. I will miss her smile and laugh. RIP Alda.

~ Barry Fallowfield

I was very sad to hear the news. Although I've never met Alda in person, I've had the pleasure to work with Alda. She was always helpful and I could always count on her. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers during this tough time.

~ Erica Tran

Thinking of you in these difficult times. Please know that Alda was deeply loved and respected. My deepest condolences.

~ Rob Clemens (IBM)

R.I.P. I didn't know Alda but I'm Greg's colleague at Sterling. From what I heard she was a wonderful wife to Greg and fantastic mother to Nicholas and Andrew. Today I was so saddened to hear of your loss Greg. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and and my heart goes out to you and your family during this tough time. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Sincerely Victoria Mazzawi

~ Victoria Mazzawi

I've worked with Alda since I graduated, and she was a wonderful coworker. When starting out she was always someone I knew I could rely on to help me when I was lost, and her sense of humour made it really easy to feel comfortable. She will be greatly missed.

~ Brendan Fishback

Very saddened to hear this news, just can't believe this! Alda was one of our senior team members at IBM, one of the best with so much knowledge and experience. Very expressive, and communicative, intelligent and hard-working, always cheerful and smiling. She was one of the interviewers who were part of my hiring process. I have been and always be so thankful to allow me to be a part of our outstanding support team. With deepest and heartfelt sympathy, my sincere condolences are with her family, wishing for peace and comfort for all her loved ones during this difficult time. Shivang.

~ Shivang Bhandari

I worked with Alda for 20 years in the London Office and when i saw this VERY sad news this morning, i broke down crying and have not been able to get composure on myself since. Although we weren't close friends, she has made a mark on my heart in many different ways! Alda was GREAT at her job and she did it with such kindness, strength and courage and was always there to help when needed. ( even when she was overwhelmed with her own work) She was a Genuine soul and she will be missed by many! My Sincere Condolences to Greg and the family, May you Rest in Peace Dear Alda!

~ Denise Perron

I had the great pleasure to work with Alda for over 15 years. She was more than a coworker she became a friend, we would go for our daily morning or afternoon coffees at her favorite Starbucks . Alda was a big part of our IBM London office and will be greatly missed. Sign bright Alda.

~ Fernanda Cordeiro

Very, very sorry for your loss, Greg & Family.

~ Ryan Allison

So very sorry for your loss Ilda, Len and the entire Finn/Fonseca family. Thoughts and prayers are with you Ilda and Len during this difficult time. Colleen and Charley

~ Colleen Browning

I worked with Alda for over 20 years, though we actually met in person only a few times, as she worked in London and I am in the Boston area. I am heartsick.

~ Richard Lesses

Services for Alda Maria Finn

Memorial Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 2, 2024 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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