DANNY BUNRITH SVAY
15 YEAR OLD STUDENT, LOWELL RESIDENT
LOWELL -- On his Facebook page on April 8, 2013 Danny Svay posted this message: L.I.F.E. -- Live It Fully Everyday. Danny lived his own life by this motto and he wanted everyone else to do the same. His zest for life was evident in his outgoing personality, his friendly demeanor, and his ever present smile. Danny was a special kid. He possessed a "can do" positive attitude. He was a very considerate young man who was always ready to help and put others before himself.
Danny was a popular freshman at the Greater Lowell Regional Vocational High School. He was a graduate of the Kathryn P. Stoklosa Middle School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. At the Voke, he was an honor roll student and a member of the cross country team. He enjoyed music, singing, dancing, and cars, many of the things that all teenage boys are fond of. He was also a martial arts fan. His ear for music was a gift. He could hear a song once and mimic it on his keyboard. Danny also enjoyed dance battles with his aunt, Sopheap.
Danny had a big heart. At home, he lovingly took care of his grandparents, who were raising him. Respectful and helpful, he always did what he was told, the first time. He would do anything his grandmother asked of him without hesitation. He was a huge help at home with everyday household tasks. Grocery shopping was one of Danny's tasks, one that he did with importance, taking the burden away from his grandparents. Danny appreciated everything he had and was mature well beyond his 15 years.
Danny had an afterschool job at Market Basket on Chelmsford Street. His coworkers commented that Danny always had a smile for customers and took pride in his work. He maturely took the responsibility of a job knowing that he was a provider for his family. His paycheck was offered to his grandmother to help support the household.
Physically fit, Danny loved working out, especially with his uncles Michael and Savuth. He enjoyed time in the gym and running outdoors. With just 18 months of training, he achieved the physical strength of a grown man.
Danny Svay was truly an old soul. Well rounded, he was a good student, athlete, and friend. His life is an example to his peers and in many ways, to all of us. Do right all the time. Help others. Be productive. Be positive. Respect others. Smile. L.I.F.E. -- Live It Fully Every Day.
Danny is survived by his grandparents, Solin Deur and Hean Hem; his mother and father, Mauysa Hem and Bunthoeun Svay; his siblings, Nathan Chean, Brandon Hem, and Viviana Hem; his aunt and uncles, Sopheap Soum and her husband Michael Soum, Savuth Hem, and Sokhary Chea; his cousins, Elliyah Hem, Ayden Hem, and Ekin Hem. Danny also leaves many, many friends.
SVAY -- In Lowell, April 9, 2013 at Lowell General Hospital, Danny Bunrith Svay, age 15, a Lowell resident. Family and friends are respectfully invited to the GLORY BUDDHIST TEMPLE, 24 Cambridge St. Lowell on FRIDAY from 3 P.M. throughout the evening. Danny will lie in state overnight at the Temple. Traditional Buddhist Funeral Services will take place. Danny's Funeral will begin at 7:30 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING from the Temple, with Traditional Buddhist Funeral Prayers. His burial will follow in the Westlawn II Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, please make donations to THE DANNY SVAY MEMORIAL FUND, care of The Lowell 5 Bank, 34 John St., Lowell, MA 01852 or at any Lowell 5 Bank Branch. L.I.F.E. bracelets will be available on Friday and Saturday for a donation in memory of Danny. For Danny's obituary visit Fay McCabe Funeral Home on Facebook or Danny Boy Svay Dbs on Facebook. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE FAY McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 105 MOORE STREET, LOWELL 978-459-9222. www.faymccabe.com
Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 17, 2013