OBITUARY

Chau Ngo

October 12, 1950March 31, 2021
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Born October 12th 1950 One of eight brothers and sisters Early mornings and long nights cooking Caring for his siblings all the while

Listening to rock records with friends Until war intervened He left his life to serve the Navy Countless tales as a captain and minesweeper

A war lost, a refugee to America Nothing in his pockets, starting all over Walking to work through the snows of Philadelphia Enduring the heat of Florida driving bulldozers

The love of his life found him in Houston She saw his heart of gold, and was his one and only Happily married, and then they had a son They set off to Louisiana to make a life for their family

He became a captain of a forty foot boat Deep sea fishing out past the gulf coast A self taught mechanic and electrical engineer He was a jack of all trades with a multitude of careers

The family of three soon became a family of five A second son and a daughter, bringing more joy to their lives There were hardships and trials, but he gave everything he had For his children to have a life of peace, and of wanting for nothing

He cared for his two grandsons, when they came along next Playing with them until their howls of laughter filled the house Records playing his old rock music as they danced A house full of family, good food, and love

He gave everything to his family And they were everything to him A loving son, brother, husband, father and grandpa Chau Anh Bui

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Biography

      Chau Ngo was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Chau was born on October 12, 1950 at Vietnam in Hai-Phong. His parents were Canh Thi Nguyen and Duong A. Ngo. Chau was raised in Saigon. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Ngo household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Chau was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Chau was raised with 7 siblings. Hai, Chinh, Dong, Hong, Lien, Thanh Lien, Long. Chau was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Chau and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Chau was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Chau was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Chau developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Chau took part in soccer. He was in Martial Arts. In his spare time he liked playing with his friends. Chau's memorable achievements included participating in Martial Arts Competitions. However, what Chau enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      On July 27th, 1985 Chau exchanged wedding vows with Tuyet Mai Luu at the St. Luke the Evangelist chuhrch in Houston, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Mai, Chau held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Mai and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Chau brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. Chau was blessed with three children, Minh, Duc and Tram. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Theodore and Gerald.

      Chau greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Chau enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Chau was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was a mechanic. He was employed for Metro Transit Authority. Chau worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Chau was a Navy veteran. He was in the service between 1969 to 1975. Chau saw action for six years during the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Chau seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Chau liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Chau always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing with his grandchildren and listening to music. Chau was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Chau found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity which were Soccer, Football and Basketball.

      Chau enjoyed traveling in his youth visiting Europe. His favorite place of all was his homeland of Vietnam.

      Chau was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Chau’s favorites was Wealthman, a Schnauzer. They were best friends for 3 years. His family was rounded out by his two other dogs Nikki and Bruce.

     Chau’s retired in 2017. In retirement, he found new pleasure in being with family. Even in retirement, Chau continued to stay in touch with his old friends.

      Chau Ngo passed away on March 31, 2021 at home in Houston, Texas. Chau fought a brave battle against liver cancer. He is survived by his children Minh, Duc and Tram; his grandchildren Theodore and Gerald; and his wife Mai. Services were held at Kingwood Funeral Home. Chau will be laid to rest in Saigon, Vietnam.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Chau Ngo. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.