In Loving Memory of


Tensie Finn-Mattai

Tensie Finn-Mattai 

Sunrise:  Monday 2nd August 1965                                                                                                                              

Sunset :  Saturday 22nd April 2023


Tensie was the first daughter of Felmina Camaguey Finn and Earl Brown who were of the first generation of economic migrants who left the Caribbean to build new lives in England.     Tensie’s leaves behind three siblings and three children.   

Tensie was born in the early hours of a Monday morning and passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning.   She passed in her sleep of hypertensive heart disease.  It was not known to any of her family or friends that she had this condition.

For the last two decades, Tensie was the proud mother of three girls (two are now adults).  Her life revolved around them and she wanted nothing more than to build a world for them which would enable them to be happy and maximise all of their unique talents.   To achieve that end, she spent over 20 years as a suppport worker with a well respected charity in East London facilitating activites to promote the independent living of people who were unable to live by themselves.   Prior to that, she was a sales assistant for premium skincare and  perfumery counters on a range of beauty counters in the west end.  She also worked on a stall in Camden market.

She was born, raised, married and lived her whole life in Hackney. in the 1970’s and 1980’s, she attended Amhurst Primary School and Dalston Mount School.   Tensie was  woman of very strong personal faith and was an active member of The Risen Christ Church of All Souls in Clapton and served as its Safeguarding Champion – a role well suited to her character.

All of you who have been drawn to this book of condolence will have your own personal memory of her.    Please share them with us.   Also, feel free to share your pictures you may have.

I can say with absolute certainty that the part you played in her life made a contribution to the incredible person that she was and who she became for others.   For that, although I may not personally know you, I thank you.





Book Owner: Sandie Finn
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Kay Carter

I went to Dalston Mount with Tensie, there was always a smile on her face. My sincere condolences to her entire family. Gone too soon …

Rachael Day

I was Tensie’s manager for some time. She was very good at her job, kind, honest and happy. She will be greatly missed. Sending my love and thoughts to her loved ones.  🙏 x …

Dele Sholeye

Dear Finn-Mattai Family  Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Tensie (Tense) and I lived in the same house, seperated by just two other flats, for many years before she married and went off to build a new life for herself. During those years together, we became very close and shared many memorable moments, that I look back on with great fondness. Tensie loved to laugh, and her distinct laughter was so infectious, that it would instantly brighten your mood and lift your spirit. It is hard to believe that she is no longer with us, yet while I grieve the loss of my friend, I take real comfort from the Bible’s Hope of a ressurection (Acts 24:15) and a time when sickness, tears, sorrow and pain will be no more (Revelation 21:3,4) Amen!!   …

Sabrina McCarthy

Dear Sandie and members of Tensie’s family,    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Holding Tensie and her family in prayer. May Tensie rest in the light of God’s face. Sincerely, Sabrina McCarthy …

Jackie Hunter

My condolences to the Finn family may you rest in peace love Jackie  …

Andrea Hunter

My condolences to the Finn family my sisters and I went to Amhurst primary with Tensie and also Dalston mount we shall all miss Tensie lovely person was always smiling when I saw Tensie we would have a little conversation on behalf of the Hunter family Andrea and Jackie rest in peace 😘🙏xx god bless 😘😘😘 …


My condolences to the family. I am shocked. Tensie had a warm and lively soul. She always talked about being there for her girls. I pray that the girls have the strength to carry on and  believe that their mum is watching over them in spirit. Good bye sweet soul. …

Candice Salton

Firstly I would like to send me deepest condolences, wishing your family peace, comfort, courage and lots of love in this time of sorrow. My heart is heavy and goes out to you all at this difficult time. Tensie was my God mother, she helped raise and mould me into the woman I am to today and I will forever cherish those memories and time spent together. Although we didn’t see each other much within the most recent years. I still have things I remember, she was a very loving and caring person and had me a lot when I was young. One little thing I remember is when staying with Tensie, in the mornings my mum used to always give me 1 and a half weetabix for breakfast but when I stayed with Tensie’s house she used to give me 3 weetabix hahaha I was able to be a bridesmaid for the first time for her weddding. I really can’t believe your gone but you won’t be forgotten  love you always  Candice xx         …

Denise Phillips & family

Sandy, Andrew & family.  please accept our deepest sympathies.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember Tensie …so lively and vibrant with a good sense of humour.  Has a child she was mischievous and very pleasant to be around.    Love  you always Tensie. sleep on rest well 😘🥰 …

Pastor Michael G A Brown

We thank the Lord, for the life of our sister Tenise. May the Lord receive her soul, into the heaven of rest.   We pray that the Lord will comfort her family and love ones, during this time of her home going.   She has completed her work here on earth, and may she Rest in Eternal Peace, and enjoy the eternal joy of the Lord forever more.   May she continue to live on in the hearts of those she has touched,  and may her light continue to shine.    We thank the Lord for her life Amen. 🙏🏾     …
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