Branch Street Fire Victims
LOWELL -- Torn Sak and Ellen Vuong were the proud and loving parents of five children. They raised their family on 81 Branch Street in Lowell until July 10, 2014. Torn "Tony" was born in Cambodia on July 5, 1977 and moved to Philadelphia at a young age. It was here he met and fell in love with Ellen Vuong. Ellen was born in Philadelphia on December 22, 1981. When she and Torn decided to start a family they moved to Lowell. They were devoted to their children, stressed the value of an education and went to great lengths to keep them safe and away from trouble. Torn was a wonderful example to his five children through his generosity to others and his willingness to help anyone in need. This includes being a wonderful and loving son and brother. Torn would drive his children where they needed to be and made sure he was there to pick them up promptly. He enjoyed fishing and traveling with his kids.
Ellen was a kind and loving mother who was able to make her children feel special on an individual basis. She had a passion for cooking and loved to experiment with new recipes for her family. Each year for Christmas she would only ask for kitchen appliances and tools which she used with her children to teach them how to cook. For each of their birthdays and on holidays Ellen would prepare elaborate feasts because feeding someone is showing them that you love them, which is something she learned from her mother and from Torn's mother. Ellen never failed to let her children know how important it was to do well in school and to be polite to those around you. Ellen was employed as an office manager at Hannaford on Rogers Street in Lowell. Ellen was not only a hardworking and devoted mother but a loving sister and daughter as well.
Torn and Ellen welcomed Danny first, followed by Anthony, then Brian, next came Ryan and then Sayuri. Danny and Brian will keep the spirits alive of their mother and father, brothers, Anthony and Ryan, and their baby sister, Sayuri through their daily actions, their dedication to their schooling, and in their memories of the times they shared as a family.
Anthony Sak was born October 12, 2001. He just completed 6th grade at the James S. Daley Middle School where he earned a Straight A report card that his mother proudly posted on Facebook. Anthony loved solving puzzles and building with his Japanese action figures. Anthony loved his parents, adored his brothers and sister and his uncles, and aunts, cousins and grandparents. He knew he was blessed to be part of such a special family.
Ryan Sak was born June 21, 2005. He had just completed Grade 3 at the Charles W. Morey Elementary School. Ryan loved playing videogames, especially Halo videogames. He also had a love of flying helicopters. Uncle Will bought him a mini flying copter for Christmas and Ryan often crashed it in the middle of Grandmom's living room. Ryan loved his mom and dad, his brothers and sister, his cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.
Sayuri was born on July 4, 2007 and had just celebrated her seventh birthday. In June she completed first grade at the Charles W. Morey Elementary School. Sayuri's mom referred to her as "mini me". She loved to help Ellen cook and often did her own "pretend" cooking. She frequently hosted tea parties and adored her dolls. Sayuri loved talking about ponies and Monster High. She loved her family and brought much delight to them all.
In addition to their two sons Danny and Brian, Ellen is survived by her father, Manh Say Vuong and mother Quyen Tu Pham of Philadelphia, PA; her sisters, Amy Vuong and Alice Vuong, and her brother William Vuong. Torn is survived by his mother, Heng Phoeuk and father On Sak; his sisters, Theary Sak and Rany Sak, and his brothers, Pao Sak, Toeun Sak, Tony Sak, Thearak Sak and Thearan Sak.
VUONG-SAK FAMILY -- Family and friends are invited to THE GLORY BUDDHIST TEMPLE, 24 CAMBRIDGE STREET, LOWELL on FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 beginning at 3 P.M. Funeral Service will take place on SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 19, 2014 beginning with a Community Gathering at 8:30 A.M. followed by Prayers at 10:30 A.M. A procession to Westlawn II Cemetery will follow at 1 P.M.
As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Trust Fund that has been set up for the benefit of Danny Sak and Brian Sak. Checks can be made payable to: FBO Danny Sak and Brian Sak, c/o Eastern Bank, 50 Central Street, Lowell, MA 01852.
ARRANGEMENTS BY THE FAY McCABE FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 978-459-9222. www.faymccabe.com
Fay McCabe Funeral Home
105 Moore St Lowell, MA 01852
Published in Lowell Sun on July 16, 2014