With heavy hearts and total submission to God, we announce the passing of Ihedinma Joy Ngadi (nee Elekwachi), who departed this world in the early hours of September 19th 2023. She has gone to meet her heavenly Father after a courageous battle with cancer.
Known to many as Nma or Inma, she was the proud and beloved wife of Micheal Ngadi for 35 years, and the loving mother of Chidinma Ngadi, Ogechi Ngadi, Emeka Ngadi and Amara Ngadi. She was born on February 12th 1967 in Ozuitem, Abia State, Nigeria as the eldest daughter of Chief Emmanuel Elekwachi and Mrs. Victoria Elekwachi. Her siblings (and their spouses) are Nnenna (Onyemaechi) Onuigbo, Nnamdi (Ihedinma) Elekwachi, Chukwuma (Mary) Elekwachi, Arizolanna Godson (Ebele) Elekwachi, and Chinedum (Okwukweka Faith) Elekwachi. She was aunt, and affectionately known as ‘Big Mummy’, to Michelle Onuigbo, Imanmachineke Onuigbo, Winner Elekwachi, Cherish Elekwachi, Prince Elekwachi, Treasure Elekwachi, Duke Elekwachi, Adaihe Godson Elekwachi, Chinomso Godson Elekwachi, Praise Elekwachi, Noble Elekwachi, and Awesome Elekwachi.
Ihedinma was a woman of profound faith. She found solace and strength in her unwavering belief in God. She embraced her religious convictions throughout her life, even when faced with her final life challenge. Her faith was the guiding light, providing comfort and hope to her and those around her.
Ihedinma loved giving back to her community. Whether it was through her ministry with children at Lakeshore Evangelical Church, or her involvement with the Igbo and Nigerian communities in Montreal, she was always enthusiastic about building strong community networks. She dedicated her time and energy to making her world a better place. One of her proudest accomplishments was the creation of the Ngadi Foundation, a testament to her love and memory of her late son, Emeka Ngadi. Through the Foundation, which strives to uplift and encourage youths to take rightful positions as future leaders, Ihedinma has touched the lives of many people in the West Island of Montreal. True to her name, she was able to channel her grief into something beautiful.
Ihedinma was a woman of conviction with a soft demeanor. She loved to laugh, sing, and dance. She was always a kind ear and broad shoulder to her friends. More importantly, she was the rock, and the closest friend and confidant of her husband. She maintained a successful professional career in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years, while raising a family along with active church and community involvements. After earning BSc (Honours) degree in Microbiology, she went on and completed 2 postgraduate programs in community health and clinical research. She studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Saint Mary’s University, Halifax; Laval University, Quebec City; McGill University, Montreal. In addition, she took several professional training programs. She is a certified Clinical Research Monitor with specialization in oncology research. Over the years, Ihedinma worked in different organizations including McGill University, Charles River Laboratories, ICON and INC-Research (now Syneos Health) where she managed, coordinated and contributed in advancing important medical solutions for cancer. Unfortunately, she succumbed to a rare type of cancer with limited treatment options. Hopefully, future generations of oncology researchers will continue the fight against the terrible disease.
Ihedinma leaves behind not just a family, but a legacy of love, strength, and resilience that will forever continue to inspire her husband, her daughters, her friends and all who knew her. She will be sorely missed. Her absence will be felt and the pain in our hearts is indescribable. However, we find comfort in knowing that she is with her Lord, and with her beloved son Emeka. We are still wrestling with the question on why she has been taken from us so early but we resign to God’s ultimate sovereignty and love. The Lord gives and He takes away; blessed be His wonderful name.
Funeral arrangements has been entrusted to Voluntas Funeral home (https://voluntas.ca/, Phone: 514-695-7979). The family will receive condolences and visitations on Friday, October 6, 2023 from 4 to 7 pm at the funeral home. The address of the funeral home is as follows:
Voluntas Funeral Home,
4695 Saint-Jean Blvd.,
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC Canada, H9H 2A7.
There will be a service of songs following the visitation at the same location from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, October 7, 2023 starting from 11 am to 12:30 pm at her home church namely:
Lakeshore Evangelical Church (https://www.lakeshorechurch.ca/),
470 Brookhaven Avenue,
Dorval, QC H9S 2N7.
The casket will be available for viewing at the church prior to the church service as from 9:30 to 10:30 am. The viewing and service will be streamed online in real time for people who are not able to attend physically. The streaming link is as follows:
Private family burial will take place after the church service at 1 pm.
There will be a reception at 2:30 pm at:
Kirkland Sports Complex
16950 Hymus Blvd, Quebec H9H 3W7
Expressions of sympathy can be made in the memory of IHEDINMA JOY NGADI to the Ngadi Foundation. Donations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or be made through CanadaHelps (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/) . The Ngadi Foundation (https://www.ngadifoundation.org/) is a registered charity in Canada.