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MARIA DA PONTE
Quietly on May 10, 2022 Maria Da Ponte in the company of her husband Paul and daughter Alycia, passed away at Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta.
Maria was born on the Portuguese island of Sao Miguel, Azores and lived her life in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She rose to the top of a major property management company, leaving there in 2021. Maria's competitive spirit always surfaced when it came to her passion, running. She trained obsessively, often running the equivalent of a half marathon, while training for upcoming full marathons, sometimes in the middle of winter. Maria also enjoyed gardening, cooking and was an avid reader. She was fortunate to visit some amazing countries, her home of Portugal being her favourite. Of Maria's many accomplishments in life, she was most proud of her daughter Alycia.
Maria passed away in Calgary after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She managed to protect her family, sheltering them from the incredible pain and fears she faced. She was a fierce warrior, seldom complaining or accepting pity. An inspiration to anyone who knew her.
Maria leaves behind her daughter Alycia; husband Paul; mother Rosa (Manual); brother Fernando; sister-in-law Julie; niece Sophia; uncle Joe and many friends.
Thank you to CancerCare Manitoba, Tom Baker Cancer Center and Foothills Hospital in Calgary Alberta for their amazing care of Maria during her treatment.
A private family memorial service will take place at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Expressions of condolence may be sent to www.neilbardalinc.com
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
My condolences to Paul, Alycia, and family. I was deeply saddened by Maria's passing. I was on the Board of Directors for the PPMA and co-chaired a committee with her. I looked up to Maria as a mentor and learned a lot from her during the time we spent together. She was both a force to be reckoned with yet soft, sweet, caring and fun at the same time. She was well respected and will be genuinely missed. She was taken far too young. Rest in peace, Maria. - Posted by: Sandra Sumner (friend) on: May 26, 2022
We were very saddened to hear of Maria's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Maria on the Real Estate Institute of Canada's National Board of Directors. Maria was always so upbeat and engaged. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and her extended family. We hope that your memories of Maria will carry you through this difficult time and provide you with some solace. Warmest Regards. - Posted by: Theresa Salsman (Colleague) on: May 25, 2022
My deepest sympathies to Alycia, Paul and family. I was very fortunate to work with Maria for many years, she was dedicated and valued member of our team. It's heartbreaking to learn about the struggles Maria faced this past year and her passing, still will be missed. Rest in Peace Maria - Posted by: RON PENNER (Friend) on: May 24, 2022
Our deepest sympathies to all of Maria's family, we are very saddened at the news of her passing. Maria was such a delight to talk too, she was always so dear, caring and made you feel comfortable when talking with her. Heaven has gained an angel, an angel that will do everything it can for anyone! God grant strength to Sra. Rosa, Fernando, her husband and the rest of the family, especially her daughter who was the light of her life! Cherish the happiest of memories to ease the pain of her loss! God Bless you all XOXO! - Posted by: Paulo Cabral, Lucia Maria Cabral and families (Friend ) on: May 21, 2022
My condolences to Senhora Rosa, Paul, Alycia, Fernando, and Sophia. My memories of Maria were always of a kind, strong woman. Maria definitely knew what she wanted in life, and went to get it. It’s heart breaking to hear of her passing at such a young age, and just as she was the happiest in her life. May God give her eternal happiness and peace. She will not be forgotten, and is loved. - Posted by: Manuel Borges (Friend of the family) on: May 21, 2022
My Condolences, Thoughts and Prayers to Maria's Family. Maria was a Beautiful Person, with a Heart of Gold. Was a pleasure knowing her and working with her through the PPMA. Gayle Farkas - Posted by: Gayle Farkas (Friend) on: May 21, 2022
RIP Maria. You will be missed. - Posted by: Ricardo Medeiros (Cousin) on: May 21, 2022
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