Cherry Blossoms

Hoang Dinh Nguyen

March 20, 2020


Hoang Dinh Nguyen, age 72, survived World War II, cancer, cardiac arrest, a broken heart from the death of his 5th oldest son, and even multiple strokes. He finally died unexpectedly of the dreaded mysterious corona virus on March 20, 2020.  He hung on as long as he can grasping for air until the clock striked midnight on his 3rd son’s birthday to remind us and the rest of the world to celebrate all of the goodness in life that God gives us. He escaped Viet Nam in 1980 with a boat filled with refugees to come to America.  He is the greatest provider and one of the strongest and most patient man.  He single handedly saved his kids and his siblings by rescuing them from a war torn country. He didn't know where they were going to land, but at the time, setting adrift at sea was a better option than staying in a country destroyed by war.  Like most immigrants, Hoang wanted to give his kids an opportunity to have a better education and a better quality of life. He came to America with nothing in his pockets. Yet, he still managed to provide for all of them as a hardworking self taught mechanic and a talented carpenter and contractor.  His children never felt like they lacked anything growing up.  We see him in the faces of his handsome boys who not only look like him but they also share the love of Koi fish, construction, bonsai, and art. They all enjoy raising dogs, pigeons, chickens, and rabbits too. He prolonged his arrival to Heaven to join his son, Peter Dung Nguyen, to make sure his beautiful wife, Ty Nguyen, will be taken care of first. Even in death, he made an everlasting impression by having an angel in the ICU carry him to heaven. This gives hope to humanity; to a crumpling world devastated by quarantine. Hoang unselfishly sacrificed his time on earth with his beloved wife, their 9 children, and 16 grandkids; and will miss the arrival of his first great grand child so that the rest of the world can understand the importance of social distancing and the power of prayer to unite families and the whole community.

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