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Born: Dec 25, 1973
Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
December 25, 1973 - January 8, 2021
Kinoy will be forever missed by his wife Joanne, his treasured daughter Ava and sweet son Jalen. He also leaves behind his parents, Visian and Somboune Viseth; and his brothers, Chila (Nang) and Jimmy (Ping). Additionally, he will be missed by his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Kinoy was lucky to have a large family and many close friends, who gathered often, and who will dearly miss his smile and irrepressible sense of humour.
Kinoy was born in Vientiane, Laos, and moved to Canada when he was seven years old. He grew up in Winnipeg's West End, graduating from Gordon Bell. During high school and ever since, one of Kinoy's great passions was sports, especially basketball, baseball and volleyball. He was small, but lightning fast; he loved being part of a team and was usually one of the best players. If he were writing this, he would say he was definitely, without a doubt, simply the best (cue Tina Turner).
Kinoy was also blessed with an ever-present smile and laugh, and a fearless and whacky sense of humour. He loved being with his friends, family and cousins, and making them laugh. He was famous for his legendary collection of goofy t-shirts.
Kinoy married his sweet Joanne in 2007, and was blessed with two awesome, wonderful, amazing children - who he loved with all his heart. After working in various industries, Kinoy had settled into a role as General Manager of Thrifty car rental, part of the Eastside Sales group. He loved his customers, who became friends, and he made a valuable contribution to the business.
In fall 2020, Kinoy was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He fought hard to be with his family for birthdays and Christmas. He accepted his diagnosis with grace and spent his final weeks full of love and gratitude. He told us all he loved us. He said he was lucky: he married the perfect woman, and he had the two most amazing kids in the world.
To our dear husband, father, son,
brother, cousin, friend - rest in peace.
We will miss you.
We will never, ever forget you.
You were one of a kind.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba - or wear a silly T-shirt and smile.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
Kinoy was the kind of person that you loved immediately. He was always fun to be with. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to Joanne, Ava & Jaylen, as well as his extended family & friends. Rick & Monie - Posted by: Monie & Rick Smith (friends) on: Jan 24, 2021
Met Kinoy through work. Instant friend. He loved his family so much. Shared many stories and videos of his kids. He truly was a character. He will be missed. Ken - Posted by: Ken (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2021
Dear Joanne, We are so sorry to hear about Kinoy. He really did have an amazing fun spirit and who could forget that smile 😃 We have certainly been thinking about you and the kids. I have been chatting with your sisters to see how you are doing. Take good care of yourself ❤️ All our love, Christine and Devin - Posted by: Christine and Devin Nelles (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2021
Kinoy! We played senior volleyball together. I remember we would yell at each other on the court because of your ‘awful’ sets, lol! Then, we would all go to Perkins for brunch and laugh and laugh some more. I also remember you and my friends coming to my parent’s house. You would always pretend to be ‘inspecting’ our dog Oreo for a future barbecue. Then, I would pretend to kick you out and we would all laugh and laugh some more. Although we were not in touch these last few years, I will always remember your strong, kind and funny spirit. RIP Kinoy. I know you are sending your vibes to all your loved ones from now on. I also know Heaven will not be boring ever again. You are missed, you goof. Xoxoxo Les - Posted by: Les Sediles (Friend ) on: Jan 17, 2021
Kinoy and Joanne were our next door neighbours for a number of years. Kinoy and I shared many laughs as we had the similar sense of humour. During the summer months we would spend lots of time together outside as a family whether it be walking around the block with our kids or just hanging out in the backyard. We had kids before they did and “koi” as my oldest daughter called him was a magnet for my kids! He was so amazing with them and they loved him and felt so comfortable with him. You will be missed my friend..... - Posted by: Dave (Old neighbours ) on: Jan 17, 2021
I had the great fortune to know Kinoy through his work with Thrifty Rental. I worked in the administration office of a well known VW dealer. He would always bring the party when he stopped in...always smiling, laughing, telling jokes. He honestly made a bad day better with his visits. I will never forget when he heard that I had never tried Phō ever, he thought this blasphemy. Then for my birthday he took me to one of his favourite restaurants Pho Kim Thong for my birthday to experience phō for the first time. His generosity and kindness was over flowing and I am so very saddened to hear of his passing. He loved life, he loved his family especially his wife and kids. He always would say how lucky a woman she was to marry him...God will have his hands full with him. - Posted by: Kim Lawson (Friend) on: Jan 17, 2021
Without a doubt Kinoy, brought light and laughter into any room he entered... He has left so many with such wonderful memories of him. My heart goes out to you Joanne 💜💜💜 - Posted by: Rita (Friend of Joanne) on: Jan 17, 2021
Kinoy...the funniest guy I have ever met. I’ll never look at Asian salad the same or what Kinoy would call “just salad”. Met Kinoy, Joanne and the gang on a trip to Cuba in 2006 with my friend Roberta. A big smile, and even bigger heart. My thoughts to all family and friends... - Posted by: Arlene Prystenski (Friend ) on: Jan 16, 2021
Kinoy was not only a coworker but a friend. He always walked into the shop with a big smile, ready to give everyone a huge hug and make some sort of joke! He was so proud of Ava and Jalen, talking about their accomplishments or showing us pictures. He adored Joanne, even though he always said she was the lucky one (insert his epic sense of humour)! I can still hear your laugh, you are truly missed buddy! Much love and sincere condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Kim (Friend and coworker ) on: Jan 16, 2021
The gift of making others laugh was his...within minutes of meeting him. Such a wonderful person to be around. My thoughts are with The family and friends who will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Darlene DeVries (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021
While we only met Kinoy a handful of times, his impact will last a lifetime. The fun that guy brought to any event was top notch, including our wedding. Joanne always spoke to highly of him and I was happy to see her so happy. I’m thankful for Kinoy, his energy and what he gave to Joanne. He will be missed. - Posted by: Lisa Misyk/Chris Lemke (Friends) on: Jan 16, 2021
I met Kinoy in the early 2000’s playing basketball with a bunch of the local Chinese bball players. I remember the first thing I thought was he reminds me of the Chinese Horace Grant when he’d play with his goggles. I got to know him better through the years through our battles on the court and our trips to Richmond and Minneapolis to play bball tournaments. He was an amazing teammate and always left it all on the floor. Off the court, he was great to be around, always smiling and joking and goofing around. I was beyond sad to hear about his illness and my thoughts go out to his wife, kids, and extended family. Your legacy will live on through them. You will be missed. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Cuong Tran (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021
As a Collision centre manager I always needed courtesy vehicles for my customers and there was absolutely nobody more fun to deal with than Kinoy at Thrifty. Not only did we become good friends and enjoy our lunches together at Ye's but we had an excellent working relationship. I was so sad to hear of his illness and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his entire family. Kinoy was very proud of his wife and children and used to tell me he couldn't believe such a beautiful woman married him. His love, friendship and humour will be missed. - Posted by: Sean McCreary (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021
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