Vincent Phuc Ngu Tran
December 19, 1936 – August 9, 2019
Vincent Phúc Ngữ Trần, 82, passed away August 9th, 2019, in Kirkland, Washington. He was born in Phát Diệm, Ninh Bình, Việtnam, in 1936. As a young man, civil strife compelled his family to relocate to Phú Nhuận, Sàigòn in 1954. Prior to immigrating with his family to the United States, he served in the Defense Attache Office at the U.S. Embassy in Sàigòn. On April 21st, 1975, he journeyed with his mother, in-laws, sister-in-law, expectant wife, and 3 toddlers via the Philippines, Guam, Camp Pendleton, and eventually to the Pacific Northwest. He and his family resided in Kirkland for 40 years.
Vincent was a very devout Catholic, and a man of great character, integrity, and humor. He and his wife wanted safety and security for their five children, and worked extremely hard to give their children the opportunities that were taken from them due to the Civil War in Vietnam. His greatest love was for his family, immediate and extended, many of whom he helped establish upon their arrival in America. He enjoyed gardening, soccer, tennis, watching figure skating, card games, bible study, sending greeting cards, decorating for Christmas, assembling creative snacks, and had a great affinity for donuts and fried chicken. He adored his grandchildren, for whom he had an endless supply of patience and joy.
Vincent was preceded in death by his three sisters, a brother-in-law, and a niece. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Hang Bui Tran, and their four sons, one daughter and their spouses: Phan Tran and Jennifer Ching of Kirkland, WA; Uyen Tran Barrion and Bobby Barrion of West Seattle, WA; Dennis Tran and Resi Williams of Everett, WA; Martin Tran and fiancé Krista Holden of West Seattle, WA; and Vinny Tran and fiancé Veronica Velasquez of West Seattle, WA. He also has seven grandchildren: Sofie Tran, Max Tran, Lucas Tran, Monica Tran, Enzo Barrion, Koen Barrion, and Asher Tran. He was an active uncle to 14 nieces, two nephews, and their families.
Visitation will be held at Lifetime Celebrations by Washelli Funeral Home. 18224 103rd Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 on August 22nd from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm with a Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm.
Funeral/Memorial service will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. 12600 84th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, on August 24th with a viewing in the chapel at 10:00 am, and the Funeral Mass at 11:00am. Following will be the Graveside service at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline, WA 98155 from 1:30pm - 2:00pm.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saint John Vianney Church
12600 84th Ave NE
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Holyrood Catholic Cemetery
205 NE 205th St
- Rosary and Viewing Thursday, August 22, 2019
Vincent Phuc Ngu Tran
August 23, 2019
Bố and I didn't always speak the same language. Not just Vietnamese and English, but also generational, political, spiritual. But whenever I came home to visit, there would always come a time in our conversations where he'd talk basketball with me. Not because he was super into it, but because he knew I was super into it. Every "Who does Durant play for now?" and "That team never wins" (even though recent trades had made them a powerhouse) was Bố finding something he could talk to me about. He wasn't big on verbal expressions of love, but I knew what he was saying...and I love you too Bố .
August 20, 2019
Bố loved music, especially classical, and also more traditional vocals. He loved the four Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Celtic Woman, Charlotte Church, etc. I don't remember what brought it about, but I played Abba, and he said they were better singers than Charlotte Church. I bought Abba's Greatest hits for him, and he listened to it pretty regularly. So there we were, Bố in his seventies hanging out in the living room, and listening to Abba before Sunday dinner.
August 20, 2019
I remember when Bố and I were in the pool at Columbia Athletic Club. He spent most the day teaching me how to swim using a kickboard. The thing is, I don't know if he knew what he was doing because I still don't know how to swim lol. But thats Bố, always willing to try something out.