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Born: Feb 09, 2001

Date of Passing: Sep 13, 2019

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EMMA SYDNEY MACINTOSH MACHADO February 9, 2001 - September 13, 2019

Emma died tragically in a bus accident on Vancouver Island on September 13, 2019. She had just started her university life at the University of Victoria and was full of determination and excitement at the world that was opening before her.
She leaves to grieve in her absence her loving parents, Jose Machado and Ethel MacIntosh, and her cherished older sister, Samantha. She is also mourned by her grandfather, Manuel Machado, aunt, Jocelyn Bichard (Nick), uncle, James MacIntosh (Yvonne) and numerous cousins. Emma was predeceased by her grandmother, Alda Machado, grandparents, Walter and Helen MacIntosh, and her devoted auntie, Mariam Findlay. She loved her cat, Lulu.
Emma spent most of her life as a student at Balmoral Hall School (BH) (class of 2019) after her early years at Children at the Centre (Health Sciences Centre daycare). She was actively involved in numerous school activities including theatre, curling, Reach for the Top, and rainbow club. Emma greatly enjoyed interacting with the younger students and worked in the afterschool programs at BH with care and understanding, a valued helper to the teachers and loved by the youngsters. Her greatest joy at BH was volunteering in Mrs. Thompson's kindergarten class. She also volunteered at the Manitoba Museum for several years and worked day camps there this past summer.
Emma was an enthusiastic student and a joyful friend to her many, many friends both in Winnipeg and her short time at U Vic. She loved curling (both at BH and with her friends at St. Vital Curling Club), travelling, movies and music, playing drums and guitar as a Music Cellar student and with friends for impromptu jam sessions. The Winnipeg Folk Festival was a highlight of her summer schedule and she enjoyed attending many other festivals and concerts throughout the year. We had memorable family holidays travelling to places such as New York, Orlando, Portland, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Kenya, Iceland, and cycling last summer in the Czech Republic and Austria. In addition, Emma enjoyed service trips with her school to South America and was a dedicated and hard worker on those trips. She had grown into a confident, brilliant young woman who aspired to many goals including philanthropy and earth conservation.
There will be a private family service. A celebration of Emma's life will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Canad Inns Polo Park location from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is open to all who want to support Emma's family and friends. The family would appreciate any short notes or letters written and addressed to Emma to be added to theirs which will be there for all to read and remember our sweet daughter, sister and friend.
The family would like to thank the Port Alberni detachment of the RCMP, the BC Coroner's office, and all the rescue workers involved in this terrible, traumatic experience.
Those who wish to donate in Emma's name may do so to Ocean Conservancy or Oceana.
Publish Date: Sep 21, 2019


Tragically our beautiful young woman died on Vancouver Island, BC on September 13, 2019.
Emma, born February 9, 2001, leaves her beloved parents, Jose Machado and Ethel MacIntosh and devoted sister Samantha who are devastated by their sudden loss.
A celebration of Emma's life is planned for Sunday, September 22 with details to follow in a more detailed obituary.
Publish Date: Sep 17, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2019, Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (50 entries)

  • Emma was an amazing mentor to me and my friend, she helped us in starting a rainbow club. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. - Posted by: chloe raccio (Schoolmate and mentee) on: Sep 30, 2019

  • My heart bleeds for your family. I am deeply saddened by your loss and will keep you in my prayers. - Posted by: Mike Murphy (John Geerdes' uncle) on: Sep 30, 2019

  • Dear Ethel, Jose and Sam: I was so sorry to hear about what happened to Emma. I can't even imagine what you must be going through. I'm saddened that I never got the chance to get to know her as from what we heard she was such a beautiful and sweet young woman. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Even though there are so many miles between us we are family and all of my family are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Love Jasmine - Posted by: Jasmine Logue (Cousin) on: Sep 27, 2019

  • Dr. MacIntosh and family, I am deeply sorry for the tragic loss of your beautiful daughter. My sincere condolences to you at this terribly sad time. - Posted by: Mary Paton (Patient of Dr. MacIntosh) on: Sep 26, 2019

  • I would like to express my deepest condolences to Doctor Ethel Macintosh, our prayer and thoughts are with you. Ray & Heather Wright - Posted by: Heather Wright (former patient) on: Sep 24, 2019

  • Jose, Ethel and Sam- My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious daughter Emma. I still remember hanging out Jose while waiting to pick up our daughters at BH when they were in junior and middle school. Life can be so ephemeral, my thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Brent Davidson (Family Friend) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • Dear Ethel... I can't even imagine what you're going through. I remember you when I was younger being a friend of Leah's and I liked you. You bought her an opal ring. My heart goes out to you.❤ - Posted by: Christie Bjarnarson (Leah's sister ) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • Joe, I am heartbroken for Emma. I'm so sorry for you, Ethel and your daughter Samantha. The words written of Emma from family and friends speak of you as the man I once knew, and of the father you became. Emma's life of dreams, hope and promise will live in you and through you for now and forevermore. - Posted by: Farrell Kitsch (Former co-worker of Jose ) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • I didn’t know your daughter but I was so sad to hear about this tragedy. May you find peace. - Posted by: Allison Smith (Alma mater) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • Dr Macintosh and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Daniela DeLuca (Former patient) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • Sending my sincerest sympathy to Emma’s family. Our children are our greatest gift and achievement in life and the hardest burden to carry when such a tragedy occurs to take them before us in life. Sending you strength and love in the days ahead. Sincerely Cindy McRae, breast cancer survivor (Chemo Savvy). - Posted by: Cindy McRae (Breast Cancer patient of Emma’s Mom) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • My husband Joe and I, our children and entire family are so deeply sorry for your loss. It broke our hearts to hear of this tragic news (a week later). 💔 We cannot even imagine what you are all going through. Words cannot describe how we feel about this tragedy.😢😭 What a beautiful girl/soul to have been taken from this world far too soon. We are here if you ever need to reach out. You are all in our prayers. Our deepest condolences Joe, Ethel, Samantha and Manuel. May God be with you all in this difficult time. Rest in Peace Emma ❤️ - Posted by: Gorete Rodrigues (Family/Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • With deepest sympathy to you and your family with the loss of your daughter Emma. - Posted by: Maureen Mateush (Former Patient) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Several years ago Ethel and I worked on a new work initiative together. The meetings were often late in the day and I remember many conversations we shared as Ethel texted the girls, making sure their needs were met and sorting various happenstances out. A working Mom, giving much love to her flock. My heart aches tremendously for the Machado family. I have so enjoyed learning more about Emma via all of the tremendous tributes. Her gifts were many. May God's grace and love carry you all at this difficult time. - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Former colleague of Ethel’s) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • To Dr. Macintosh, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family as you grieve this sudden and tragic loss. I wish you peace and love in the days ahead. - Posted by: Pat Popp (Patient) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Dr. MacIntosh and family, my deepest condolences to you in the loss of your beautiful daughter. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Sandra Rego (Patient of Dr. MacIntosh ) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • So very sorry for the tragic loss of your beautiful young daughter. No words can express the pain you are both going through. Our 24 year son died tragically on the 5th and and God now has too incredible souls in heaven. Our thOghts and prayers are with you and your family . Ali & Gilles Cournoyer ( cancer patient of Dr. McIntosh). - Posted by: Ali Cournoyer (Paitientvto Dr. MacIntosh) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • My heart goes out to you during this worst time of your life. I can't begin to understand what you are going through, Ethel and Jose your baby girl was taken way to soon and Sam your sister will no longer share her life with you. Take peace knowing that you gave her the best you could and she had the world open to her. God gave her to you for such a short time but now he holds her in his hands and has a beautiful angel to look over you all. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during the next months as you grieve your beloved Emma. Love Gail and Miles - Posted by: Gail Hayes (cousin) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Dr MacIntosh and family I offer my sincere condolences. - Posted by: Roxanne Hudson (former patient) on: Sep 20, 2019

  • To the Machado Family: You are in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy. We send our love to you. - Posted by: Tom Murphy (John Geerdes' Uncle) on: Sep 20, 2019

  • Jose, Ethel and Sam, No words can express how deeply sorry we are to hear you've lost your Emma. She was the light in a room. A friend to everyone. A kind soul through and through. She will be missed and touched so many lives. Sending you our most sincere condolences. We are here for you and for Emma's classmates in this terribly time of sorrow. Your BH Family - Posted by: Balmoral Hall School (Alma Mater) on: Sep 20, 2019

  • To the family of Emily, we are truly united in grief with your family as we mourn the loss of these two wonderful young people. We are heartbroken for your family and will continue to keep you in our prayers. - Posted by: Jocelyne Murphy (Aunt of John Geerdes) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • Dear Ethel, Jose and Samantha. Our heartfelt sympathies on the tragic passing of your beloved daughter, Emma. Please know we are thinking of all of you, keeping you in our prayers and may you be surrounded by the love of family and friends in the days ahead. Sincerely, Grant and Margaret Ogonowski - Posted by: Grant & Margaret Ogonowski (Friend ) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • Ethel, you may not even remember me, as you were just a little girl when I used to have the great privilege to visit you guys but I haven't forgotten any of you and I still love you all dearly. Unfortunately, distance and circumstances have kept us apart. I now have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. I cannot even begin to comprehend how you are feeling. I only wish that I could be there to give you a big hug and any comfort possible. I am saddened that I never had the chance to get to know Emma but if she is anything like the little girl that I remember she must have been a wonderful and incredible human being. I know there is nothing I can say to ease your pain and suffering right now but please know that your whole family including Emma are in my thoughts and prayers. It may seem strange but after all these years I still love all of you with all my heart. Your cousin: Burton Logue Jr. - Posted by: Burton Logue (Cousin) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • I went to school with Emma for 2 years at my time at BH. Although I didn’t know her very well (she was in a grade younger than me) that didn’t stop her from making such an impact on me. I played on the hockey team and all the hockey players would sit together, most of the non-team members would be intimidated by sitting with us, but not Emma, she was so outgoing and friendly! She would sit with us and talk and make jokes with us. She would laugh at any jokes I made or any weird thing I did while most people would just look at me in judgement. She was such an incredible presence to be around. It was like whatever was going on in your life, whether you were stressed out or frustrated about school work, she would sit beside you and your whole mood would just change. Something about her just made it impossible not to smile. She had an infectious personality and made everyone’s lives around her better. I’m so blessed that I was able to know her. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Emma. I’ve been praying for the comfort and healing for you often. I believe you will be reunited with Emma one day, and although her life was short-lived, in that short time she made such an incredible/positive impact on everyone she was around. - Posted by: Mya (School mate ) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • Dear Jose Manuel, Ethel, Sam and Senhor Manuel, Our heart breaks for you. No one knows why bad things happen to those so innocent and whose life has hardly begun. For now it will have to remain the painful mystery that it is. May memories of Emma comfort and strengthen you as you navigate the difficult days ahead. Please accept our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Maria Candida Loureiro & Ken Brezinski (Old friends and neighbor) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • Such a wonderful family. Such a tragic loss. I cannot express my grief at this time. Ethel, Joe, and Samantha, you will be comforted by Emma's spirit forever, and have the strength to carry you through. - Posted by: Don Harrison (Family friend) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • Dr Macintosh - I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. You helped me tackle breast cancer and were so skillful and kind. I pray you and your family find strength and comfort from those around you. - Posted by: Pam Poley (former patient) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies in this time of tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe, let me know if there’s anything I can do for you. - Posted by: Larry and Yumei (Neighbours) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in this time of such tragic loss. Only the progression of time can replace the pain and sadness you feel now with the sweet memories of happier times. You are in our prayers. - Posted by: Cheryl Laschuk & Bernice Einarson (patients) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Dr. MacIntosh and family, My deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I cannot find the words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May you find the courage and strength required to deal with this unexpected loss. Take care. Sending all my love. - Posted by: Jennifer Buckley (Patient of Dr. MacIntosh) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Dear Ethel, Joe and Sam. We are heartbroken for you all and send our deepest sympathy. Wish we had the words to take the pain and sadness away from you all. We will always remember Emma's great big beautiful smile and determined spirit. Thinking of you all now, and in the future ahead. Andrea, Neil and Brooke Antman. - Posted by: Andrea, Neil and Brooke Antman (Balmoral Hall Family) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • I am heartbroken at the news of the loss of your daughter Emma. My family would like to express our deepest condolences to Joe, Ethel, Sam, Sr Manuel and all of Emma’s family and friends. The family circle is a little smaller today but the love you have will keep it tight. Her memory will live for ever in the hearts of those who knew her. - Posted by: Fatima Loureiro Gurney (Family friend of the Machados ) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • My deepest regards to Ethel, Jose and Sam on the loss of Emma. I know that as a family they are very close and I cannot even imagine how sad this must be for all of them. Take care of each other. - Posted by: Debrah Wirtzfeld (Family friend) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Condolences to the family of this beautiful young woman. I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you. - Posted by: Karen Lee (former co-worker of Emma's mother) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Ethel, Jose and Samantha there are no words I can say that will take your pain away. I never met Emma and I wish I had, she sounds like one terrific young lady. The comfort I got when Dad and Jennifer died was from the scriptures and prayer. The love of family and friends were also a big help. Know my heart is with your family and I do feel your pain. Love your cousin Jennette. - Posted by: Jennette Cardy (Logue) (cousin) on: Sep 18, 2019

  • Dr. Macintosh you helped me find the courage fight breast cancer. I pray the Lord gives you courage to deal with the loss of Emma. - Posted by: Maggie Hodson (Patient of Dr. Macintosh) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. I think there are many of us out here who wish no parent ever has to bury a child. Love one another with your hearts always wrapped around the memory of your lovely daughter, sister, friend, Emma. - Posted by: Kirsten Gaucher (just a Canadian mom) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to Jose, his family and his dad on this very sad circumstances. (Joao & Niveria Garcia) - Posted by: joao garcia (old friends of Jose's parents) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I too have a daughter that just left VANCOUVER to attend 1st year university abroad. I can only imagine the happy tears shed a few weeks ago as Emma left for school and can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling now. My heartfelt condolences to all that loved her. - Posted by: Leslie van Santen (None) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Sincere sympathies to you in the loss of your daughter/ sister. Though I did not know Emma at all I can empathize somewhat as you grieve and hurt daily. Wishing you healing and peace as you journey thru this tragedy moment by moment. - Posted by: Martha Giesbrecht Hall (Billing clerk for Dr E Macintosh a few years ago) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. - Posted by: Shelley Wach (Old neighbours ) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy. To Jose, Ethel and Sam you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dorie. - Posted by: Dorie and John polkowski (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Emma will be greatly missed. She meant so much to my daughter and was the first classmate to embrace her as a friend when my daughter started school at Balmoral Hall in grade 6. Over their school life together, and right up until the end, Emma and my daughter stayed friends and helped each other make sense of teenage and personal struggles. They kept in touch no matter where they were, and often offered each other a sympathetic and understanding shoulder to lean on, even while both leaving to attend universities at opposite ends of the country. They shared a love of music and Folk Fest and connected on a deep level. My daughter will forever miss Emma. She would always tell me Emma was brilliant and so "cool". - Posted by: Mirjana Janzen (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Dr. MacIntosh - Our sincere condolences for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Doug & Izabella Warkentin (Patient) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • My deepest sympathies and prayers. Emma was such a bright soul and was one of the first people I befriended when I came to BH. She had such an impact on everyone she met, and I always admired her confidence and flair and how she lived every day of her life to the fullest. I will never forget her. - Posted by: Carrington Dong (Friend/Schoolmate) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathy and wish for peace to Ethel, Joe and Sam. We have fond memories of Emma as a spirited and beautiful little girl with a big smile. She was always very friendly and outgoing and made her peers feel like they belonged. Bethany was devastated to hear this terrible news as Emma always made her laugh and feel welcome at BH. Sending our love to all of you. The Shtykalo Family - Posted by: Shtykalo Family (Friends ) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • My sincerest sympathy to you all at this very sad time. Blessings to you. From Norma. - Posted by: Norma Einarson (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Sending deepest condolences! Sarah spoke highly of Emma and loved going on photography field trips. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Michelle Pelletier (Daughter's friend) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • Tragedies and loss of life that is sudden make no sense. A young life taken away far too soon from those who loved her and will forever mourn her passing. She lived a life that meant so much to so many. My deepest, heartfelt condolences to Jose, Ethel and Samantha. Her life on Earth was far too short but Emma's lives on forever in the hearts of her family and friends. - Posted by: Paula Benson (former co-worker of Jose) on: Sep 17, 2019

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