Danny Van passed in Autumn 2015 after a battle with cancer. Today, February 9th, marks the 100th day since his passing and for his friends and family, it's an especially difficult day. Born Chieu Ear in Prey Veng, Cambodia but better known simply as "Van," he grew up with several brothers and sisters and was raised by caring parents.
His story is similar to many Cambodian-Americans of his generation. He was threatened with death, forced to leave his homeland, and worked tirelessly to build a new life for his family in a foreign land.
Though he was a refugee for a moment in his life, he did not let that define him. When starting anew in America, he brought no hate with him in his heart. Van raised his children with all the love he had, helped his friends in any way and every way he could, and took care of his family without wavering.
In his last year, Van had the opportunity to witness his eldest son get married, celebrate the birth of his first granddaughter, and see his youngest son grow up to be the man he always knew he would be. He was also able to visit Cambodia with his wife of 37 years and see his mother, siblings, and extended family one last time.
Van's life is not mourned, but rather celebrated for being a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a pillar in the Cambodian community of the Bronx. He is and will be missed and loved.
In his own words by Eric Van, son.
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