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Nghiã Trung Pham

March 5, 1952November 16, 2020
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Nghiã Trung Pham, 68, passed away on November 16, 2020 at home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born on March 5, 1952 in Saigon, Vietnam to Chien Van Pham and Phu Thi Nguyêñ, and was raised in Saigon with his nine siblings. He was a lover of traveling and flying his drones and helicopters. Nghiã is survived by his loving wife, Phú; his children, Nguyet, Bao, and Kim; and his grandchildren, Leai and Asher. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary.

  • FAMILY

  • Chien Van Pham, Father (deceased)
  • Phu Thi Nguyêñ, Mother (deceased)
  • Phú Nguyêñ, Wife
  • Nguyet "Whitney" Pham, Daughter
  • Wynn "Bao" Pham, Son
  • Kim Ngan Pham, Daughter
  • Leai Means, Granddaughter
  • Asher White, Grandson

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Carey Carrasquillo

November 27, 2020

I’ll always remember you for your big smile and sweet spirit. Your family inherited the way you treated others with kindness always. This trait will live on and touch so many lives. I had the honor of attending many dinners with you and visiting your home. I admire your story of coming to America with nothing but your family. As a new mom I can only imagine h ow difficult that journey was and how strong you had to be. You did an incredible job of providing for your wife and children and living life fully. You will be missed so much but I know you are watching over us all. Rest In Peace.

Whitney Clayton

November 25, 2020

I will never forget meeting Mr. Pham for the first time at dinner while I was in college. He was so welcoming and made me feel like I had known him for years. I was deeply moved by the story of him and his family coming to America. Such incredible courage! He was the epitome of a family man and always put his family first. I remember hearing of the Sunday dinners and meals cooked, and while I know there is going to be a huge void without him here, I am thankful the Pham family had so many special moments and memories made - they did not take their time together for granted! His legacy lives on through his beautiful family, children and grandchildren. I continue to pray for the perfect Peace of God to comfort the family during this difficult time and Holiday season.

Holly Dieu

November 25, 2020

I knew Mr. Pham through his daughter, Kim, who has been one of my closest friends since high school. He had an incredibly kind and warm spirit - one that lives on in his children, Kim, Whitney and Bao. It was apparent that he was a loving husband, father and grandfather from the many stories that Kim shared with me. One of my favorite stories was when he was so proud that his granddaughter Lele was starting college that he became overjoyed with tears.

His love was felt not only among his family but also among family friends. Whenever I visited the Phams, I would be greeted with warm smiles and a generous plate of food. Mr. Pham would always ask about my parents as they knew each other from before Kim and I were born. I will miss his warmth and generosity. Though he was taken from us too soon, the memories of his life as a family man inspires me to live a full and meaningful life.

Khamiah Alderman

November 25, 2020

I’ve met Mr. Pham a few times within the past year or two. The very first time I met him he made me feel welcomed. Both him and his wife invited me to lunch when they just met me about 10 minutes before. The few times I’ve seen him, he was always smiling. A smile that was contagious. He was the sweetest and he will truly be missed.

Melissa Doan

November 25, 2020

My heart pours out to the Phamily. I love hearing stories of Chu flying his drones and how sweet and catering he was to his whole Phamily. Many thoughts and prayers. Rest well in paradise Chu!

Lan Nguyen

November 25, 2020

Our lovely “Brother Nghia”
RIP my Dear, you’ll be forever miss❤️❤️

Lan Nguyen

November 25, 2020

Although I know ANghia N his wife not so long ago thru AHai N Suong, I felt the warmth n loved towards them immediately. He such a gentleman, sweet to everyone, care n love everyone unconditionally. When we get together, I love how he talks about his children's , you can see he all bright up , so happy n proud of them, about he is a Grandfather again, n he soon to gain a daughter in-law. I finally get to tried his homemade chicken casseroles that he brag about 😉. We talk about having Thanksgivings dinner at his house. I am still in awe of his passing, I refuse to believe it, it happen so sudden n unexpected. I am so sorry for your loss Chị Phú, & Kim’s. He will b in our prays, our heart n b miss forever ❤️❤️❤️ B strong !

Melody Graham

November 25, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting “Ba” many years ago through his daughter, my best friend, Whit. He was warm from the start. When I would go to their house, I remember him always working on his planes/ drones, working on the cars, or cooking. Whit always talked about how her Dad was the cook of the family and I quickly found out why.. he really could cook! And he would make sure you ate and were okay.. AKA full. I also remember all the trips Whit would tell me about that she would take with her whole family. And I mean yearly family vacations. As adults, that is a big deal. To be able to take trips with your kids, siblings, AND parents, is a beautiful thing. I always said I want that for my family too. The last time I saw “Ba” was earlier this year at dinner before the move to Vegas. When we were getting ready to leave the restaurant , he invited me to come out with Whit to visit and stay with them in Vegas. I was really looking forward to it. I will miss the warm greetings that “Ba” always gave me whether visiting the Phamily home or one of the many Phamily dinner outings. He was always welcoming. He had such a cool presence about himself that you couldn’t help but notice. I remember always telling Whit how good she had it to have a Dad that still took care of her car maintenance as an adult (when everyone was living in Charlotte). I knew she could always depend on him for whatever she needed. He always wanted to make sure everyone was okay. I know he really loved you guys. While I am heartbroken by the news of his passing, I pray that you all find comfort in knowing the positive impact he has had on so many people during his life. The memories that you created with him will live on forever. I know I will never forget him. Love you guys - Mel

Wally Mijangos

November 24, 2020

I never had the pleasure of meeting Nghia Trung Pham but was lucky enough to befriend his sweet daughters, Kim and Whitney. They are wonderful people who live by his example. He did a fine job at raising two beautiful strong women of whom I am sure he was very proud. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
With love, Wally Mijangos

Rob Freeman

November 24, 2020

Nghia was a great friend. So nice to everyone. He was always glad to see me. We had many talks as he was so wise. The best memory is how proud of his children he was. He showed me many pictures of his girls and son. He made me feel like I was part of his family. His memories will always be cherished. I will miss you my friend but I know you are being well taken care of. Until we meet again my dear friend.

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Nghia with his family and mom.

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Nghia with his father in Saigon Vietnam

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Young teenager Nghia

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Nghia and Phu in their wedding day January 17, 1980.

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Nghia visiting New Orleans in 1985

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Biography

Nghiã Trung Pham was a loved one, a friend, and someone special to many people. To family and friends who knew him best, Nghiã will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Nghiã was born on March 5, 1952 in Saigon, Vietnam to Chien Van Pham and Phu Thi Nguyêñ, and was raised in Saigon with his nine siblings. Even at a young age, he had an outgoing personality that drew people to him, a trait he would carry into his adulthood. Being a practical thinker, he used his talents through school and into college. Nghiã became a CNC machinist and worked for companies such as Zagora Gear Products, Scott Tyco Health and Safety, and 3M. He even became a small business owner for 5 years. Through his work, Nghiã made many friends and acquaintances.

Nghiã was a silent hero during the Vietnam War. A refugee himself, he courageously fought for what was right and saved many stranded refugees attempting to taste freedom. His journey began in Malaysia and the Philippines before coming to the United States in 1983. He settled in Pelican Rapid, Minnesota where he lived with his sponsor, Fr. James Thoennes. He then made his life in Charlotte, North Carolina, starting in 1985.

On January 17, 1980 Nghiã exchanged wedding vows with Phú Thi Nguyêñ in Saigon. Empathic and loyal, Nghiã was committed to making his wife and new family happy. He worked hard to be a good father to his children and did his best to fulfill their needs. Nghia was blessed with, two daughters, Nguyet and Kim; and one son, Bao. Another blessing was the gift of two grandchildren, Leai and Asher.

When not at work, Nghia enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He especially loved flying his drones and helicopters, and also liked dancing and traveling. He loved to karaoke to Lionel Richie! Time away on vacations allowed him a chance to renew and relax, to visit new places, and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Paris, Hawaii, London, Jamaica, Mexico and St. Thomas.

When Nghiã's retirement finally arrived in 2019, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada to be closer to his in-laws. With retirement, he was afforded the time to travel and spend more time with his beloved grandkids.

Nghiã passed away on November 16, 2020 at home in Las Vegas due to Covid-19. He is survived by his loving wife, Phú; his children, Nguyet, Bao, and Kim; and his grandchildren, Leai and Asher. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary.

Simply stated, Nghiã was a good and kind person, an individual who will forever be remembered as a proud husband, father and grandfather. He was a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. He enjoyed the simple things in life, family, friends, relaxing with others and sharing his famous stories which can never be forgotten. Nghia leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Nghiã Trung Pham.

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