May 14, 2015

Statement from the Family of Laura Finamore, victim of Amtrak 188 crash
Laura Finamore
The loving family of Laura Finamore, 47, is profoundly saddened by her untimely passing on May 12, 2015 in the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional  Train 188 . Laura was an incredibly loving and giving person, touching many people each and every day through her generous spirit, thoughtfulness and compassion for others. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Born and raised in Douglaston New York, Laura was a devoted daughter to her parents Cynthia and Richard and caring sister to her three brothers Michael, Paul and Peter.  However, it was her loving dedication and loyalty to her family and friends, which truly defined her as a person. Her favorite role was being an aunt to her seven nieces and nephews, who will all cherish memories of the special times they spent with her. Most telling about her commitment to the people in her life were the strong bonds that she kept with her childhood friends many of whom she had known since elementary school.


Laura's smile could light up a room and her infectious laughter will be remembered by many for years to come. She was always there when you needed her - with a hug, encouraging words or a pat on the back.   


Laura's generous and giving nature also extended to those in her professional life. She could always be counted on to provide help, guidance and mentorship to those around her. Her colleagues and clients considered Laura a friend, and were tremendously honored to know her and work alongside her.


Laura's 20-year career in corporate real estate was hallmarked by numerous achievements, both personal and professional, and she was known among her peers as someone who would go above and beyond for her clients, to always exceed their expectations. She joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2008, most recently serving as a Managing Director in the firm's Corporate Occupier & Investor Services group, where she made a lasting impression on all whom she came in contact with. She was a collaborative team player, supporting multiple clients in various capacities. Laura was an Account Director at United Technologies Corporation for the Otis Elevator Company, managing its North American portfolio. She also commuted between New York and Los Angeles to lead the transition and transformation of the First American Title Account, and most recently she was managing the North American portfolio for Willis. 

Laura was a tenacious deal maker and competitor who never backed down from what she thought was right. Her clients and colleagues always knew that their best interests were the foundation for her professional focus.

Laura was a graduate of Benjamin Cardozo High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from The George Washington University.

Laura is survived by her parents Cynthia and Richard, three brothers, Michael, Paul and Peter, sister-in-laws Alaina, Angelique and Andrea and nephews Luke and Simon and nieces Leanne, Amanda, Ava, Alexandra and Audrey.

Funeral services for Laura will be at Fairchild Sons Inc. in Manhasset, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Laura's name.  The family also requests privacy at this time.