Obituary of Luy Trinh
We are deeply saddened at the loss of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend Luy Van Trinh at the age of 66.
Luy was born in Vietnam and spent his younger years in the southern city of Ca Mau. As a teenager, he relocated to Phan Rang where he attended high school and lived with his eldest brother Thanh, sister-in-law Te and their children. Luy loved working with his family in their many businesses. He could entertain family and friends for hours with his many stories of the adventures he’d had. Luy’s fondest memories were when he was working with his brother Thanh in his transport business, loading the bus to the brim and helping passengers and their goods get from town to town.
In 1975, after decades of war, North Vietnamese forces overthrew the South Vietnam government. The country, now controlled by the Communist regime of Ho Chi Minh, was in chaos as hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese people were displaced and trying to find refuge. After several attempts to flee, Luy along with Thanh and his family finally succeeded in the Spring of 1979.
Luy left Vietnam and the only life he’d known in the dark of the night, sitting shoulder to shoulder with 190 others in a small fishing boat. They sailed the open waters of the South China sea for 5 days, fully exposed to the scorching sun, rough waters and cold winds. Twice, the boat was raided by pirates, luckily they survived. After unsuccessfully trying to land in Malaysia, they finally landed in Indonesia where Luy applied and came to Canada. While here in Canada he quickly found work, met his wife Susan and began raising their son together. Luy loved spending time and caring for his family, including his many nieces and nephews, more than all else. After Luy retired in 2018, he enjoyed spending all his free time in the yard working in the garden and enjoying the wildlife.
He will be greatly missed by his entire family.
Thank you to the wonderful nurses, doctors and staff at Grace Hospital for their care.
Friends are welcome to come and join the family to celebrate Luy on Friday, March 31st, 2023, at Birchwood Funeral Chapel from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. The family will share a few words at 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Lung Association.