In memoriam – CAPE Member Trong Nguyen
February 21, 2006
It is with great regret that we advise you that Mr. Trong Nguyen, an active member of the CAPE Local Leadership, the CAPE Constitution and By-Laws and the CAPE Elections Committee, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2006.
In a note to past and present colleagues of Trong’s, Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada, wrote;
“It is with very deep regrets that I inform you of the loss of someone with very strong connections to many parts of the Agency.
Until recently, Trong Nguyen was an employee of the Agency, and before that of PPHB and other parts of Health Canada for many years. Through his work in a number of areas, notably emergency preparedness and response and strategic policy, Trong provided leadership on a number of key initiatives and files. Last spring Trong had left the Agency to pursue opportunities at the Canada Border Services Agency.
This past Friday, Trong and his family were travelling to Montreal. Unfortunately, Trong and his daughter Naomi were killed in the accident that took place outside of Embrun on Friday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family at this time, in particular to Trong's wife, Peggy Sun.
The visitation and funeral services for Trong and Naomi will be held at the Maison Funéraire St-Laurent, 1200 Ogilvy Road, Ottawa (613-748-1200). Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22nd, 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM, with the funeral service on Friday, February 24th. We have been asked to be seated by 12:45 PM (the service starts at 1:00 PM sharp).* It is very important for the family that the times be respected, so if you should wish to visit on Friday you are asked to come earlier.
In lieu of flowers, friends and colleagues may (should they wish) make donations in Trong and Naomi's names to "Champions for Children." For a number of years, Trong raised money for "Champions for Children" through their annual trivia night, and the fact that they help children will also help serve as a celebration of Naomi's life. Information on this charity will be available to mourners through the funeral home.”
Trong’s reasonable, rational and considerable contributions to CAPE will be greatly missed.