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Alda McCalla

Alda Derine McCalla

Thursday, September 27th, 1934 - Friday, March 20th, 2020
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Alda Derine Robinson (McCalla) was born on September 27,1934 to the late Claude C. Robinson and Cornel E. Daring, the first child of both parents. Born in Lionel Town (Vere) in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica W.I., she was raised by her grandmother Clarenzena Addison (better known and called by everyone “Aunt”) surrounded by many aunts and uncles in the town of Vere. Later her mother married into the Daring family and bore 14 more children, her father also had eight additional children, which amounted to numerous siblings to which she was the head.
In her earlier years living in Jamaica, Alda (called and known as “Derine” by family and friends) learned tailoring as a trade from which she made her living, and she had one son. She later married Rubert S. McCalla and to this union bore five children; four sons and one daughter. After they moved and purchased their first home in the city of Kingston, Alda was employed by the Kingston Bus Company as a fare collector - where she continued to support her family until she migrated to the U.S.A. in the late mid 1960’s.
After settling in New York City as her permanent home, her first employment was as a home attendant. She saved a portion of her income to bring her family to the States, her eldest child Reynold (known as Rennie) came to live with her in 1970, and within two years she was able to bring the rest of her family to the U.S. Alda had two other major employments during her years in New York: at the International Import Export Agency located in the financial district, then at Jamaica Hospital in Queens where she worked until her retirement.
Alda loved her family & friends and will be remembered as a caring and loving person, opening her home freely to family, friends, and children associated with her children and grandchildren, six of her grandchildren were raised in her home. She was called “Mom” “Mom McCalla” by all and is known for her harmonious singing of hymns, was active in her Choir at Bushwick United Methodist Church, and is also known for her tasty, fabulous Jamaican Escovitch fish - a dish talked about by everyone.
Preceding Alda/Derine in her death were her mother “Cornel,” Sisters - Ruby, Enid, Mandaleta (Leta) and Yvonne; brothers - Sonny, Keith, Oscar (O.K.), Adrian and Donald. Preceding her from her late Father “Claude” were brothers Carl and Barrington. Siblings left to cherish her memory from her mother: Desmond, Winston, Elaine and Ester. Father: Vita, Claudet, Margaret (Rosie), Angela, and Dawn. Alda’s eldest son Reynold Wright (McCalla) also precede her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory, children: Patrick, (Roslyn), Elrick/Ricky (Eureka), Ulric (Claude), Clive and Charmaine, and her beloved adopted daughter Faye (McCalla-Fraser).
She also has leaves to cherish her memory 17 Grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a host of nephews and nieces, family members and friends.
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    Monday, April 6th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Monday, April 6th, 2020 9:00am
    House Of Hills Inc. Funeral Home
    1000 St. Hohns Place
    BROOKLYN, NY 11213
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    Forest Green Park Cemetery
    535 Texas Road
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