Iris M. Almeida

March 18, 1939July 23, 2013

Dr. Iris Marie Almeida, a 39-year resident of Scarsdale, passed away unexpectedly on July 23 at the age of 74. She was born in Mangalore, India on March 18, 1939 to Cecilia and Albert Mascarenhas. She graduated with an MD from Grant Medical College in Bombay, and practiced as a pediatrician prior to immigrating to the US in 1974. In the US, she trained as a psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and subsequently practiced at the Cornell Department of Psychiatry in White Plains.

Iris centered her life around her family and dedicated herself to the raising and nurturing of her three children and later her seven grandchildren. She was a proud Scarsdalian and enjoyed having all her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends around her. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, keeping an open house where all were welcome, including family and friends from around the world. Additionally, she was an avid reader and gardener and enjoyed the fine arts, encouraging her family to actively engage in music and art.

Iris had the ability to make everyone she met feel special, and had an amazing ability to reach out to those in need. She spoke very softly, but listened with great empathy. She was caring and sensitive to the emotional needs of people around her and often functioned as a counselor to family and friends.

Iris is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Almeida; her three loving children Nicole Visaggi (and David), Bob Almeida (and Kira), and Simone Almeida (and Jayesh Gandhi), and her grandchildren, Talia Visaggi, Zachary Visaggi, Bobby Almeida, Alexander Almeida, Maxwell Almeida, Kyle Gandhi, and Karina Gandhi all of Scarsdale, NY. She is also survived by her sisters, Florence Ferris, Marjorie Almeida, and Diana Coelho, and her brother, Michael Mascarenhas, all currently residing in India.

Her family will receive visitors at a wake on Thursday, July 25 from 6 – 9 pm and Friday, July 26 from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home in Scarsdale, NY. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 27th at 9:45 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 Carman Road, Scarsdale.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, July 26, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, July 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 27, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 27, 2013

Iris M. Almeida

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dennis trombatore

June 3, 2014

Dear Mr.Robert,Bob,Nicole and Simone Almeida
In memory of a wonderful person. You will always live in my hearts and prayers.
"Le mie piu' sentite condoglianze"
Dennis Trombatore

John & Debra Pinto

July 29, 2013

Dearest Uncle Robert, Nicole, Bob, and Simone, It really sadden our hearts to know that we would not be able to see Aunty Iris again. She was so kind to us and our children in 1990 when she let us all stay at her home. I know she knew we were very grateful to her and uncle for their sweet spirits. The Pinto family loves you all.

Peter Pinto

July 27, 2013

Dear Robert, Nicole, Bob, and Simone and family:
We are deeply saddened by the news of dear Iris' death. Many happy memories of times spent with Iris flood our minds. We wish you all strength during this difficult time. We will keep Iris in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. With deepest sympathies, Peter, Lorna, Sanjay, and Maya

July 26, 2013

Dear Robert and Family,

We were deeply saddened to learn of dear Iris's passing away. Our deepest sympathies, prayers and thoughts in your sad bereavement.
Agnes Mascarenhas, Michael Mascarenhas, Selwyn, Patti and Justin Baptist &
Maria & Nathaniel Horton.

July 26, 2013


We are saddened to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayer with you and your family.

The Grunewalds

Edward Amdur

July 25, 2013

Mr. Almeida, Bob, Nicole, Simone & families,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. I (Edward) have many special memories of Iris ever since I met Bob at age 18 at Lafayette College (I am now nearly 46). Over the past nearly 30 years, you have all been wonderful friends to me, and every time I had a chance to see Iris it was such a pleasure as she was so full of kindness, love, compassion and joy. You have been very blessed in this life with Iris as a wife and mom, and it was a blessing to know her.
We will pray that you will be comforted at this time.
Edward & Mary Ann Amdur

Corrine Rasquinha

July 25, 2013

Dear Robert and family,
My first recollection of you and Iris was with the Demellos.
Iris and you are both warm caring friendly people.It was indeed a pleasure to meet you socially.
May the good memories of Iris sustain you in your time of grief. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Corrine Rasquinha

Maria & Michael

July 25, 2013

"Robert and the entire family, our sincere condolences. Our prayers are with you all as well as our wonderful memories of a remarkable woman!".

Marlon Aranha

July 24, 2013

Uncle Robert, Nicole, Bobby, Simone & your families Please accept my heart felt condolences.

Anton & Mira Vaz

July 24, 2013

Robert, Nicole, Bobby & Simone & your families
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies at the passing of Iris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sorry we cannot be there in person but will be with you in spirit.
Anton, Mira, Marie & Ryan