Vi Tri Lieu

Jul 6, 1976 - Dec 27, 2021

Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland , CA, 94611


Generous, kind, funny, and selfless. That was the man Vi was.
On Sunday, December 27, 2020, Vi Lieu, loving father, husband, son, brother, and uncle passed away at the age of 44 due to COVID-19.
Vi was born on July 6, 1976 in Binh Duong, Vietnam to Thomas (Thanh) and Linh Lieu. When Vi was just about two years old, he, along with his parents and sister (Amy), escaped Vietnam (and the rise of the communist government) on a small fishing boat. After a year in a refugee camp on Bidong island in Malaysia, Vi’s family was sponsored through the Red Cross to come to America. They arrived in Poughkeepsie New York in October of 1979. After an unbearable winter, the family decided to move West and joined family members in Northern California in 1980. From the time Vi was 4 years old he was raised in Oakland, CA. He attended the local schools and developed a love for sports (baseball, basketball, and football). He found joy hitting baseballs with his brother, being competitive on the basketball court, joking around with friends, and playing fantasy football.
In 2005, Vi met the love of his life, Chai (Cassandra). In 2006, Vi started the most important job of his life: fatherhood. He loved being a father to his two daddy’s girls, Lana (born 2006), and Ellie (born 2011), and two stepdaughters Kaitlyn and Annabelle. After living in a house full of girls, Vi was ecstatic when his son Samuel was born in 2018.
Vi was a selfless man who would do anything for his family. He was extremely hardworking, lived with integrity, and relished the simple things in life – like enjoying a home cooked meal with his family, his parents, and siblings. Despite living over an hour away from his parents and siblings, Vi never missed a weekend family dinner, and was always the first to show up for any occasion.
Vi is survived by his parents, Thomas and Linh, his sister Amy, his brother Theo, his wife Chai (Cassandra), his children: Lana (14), Ellie (9) and Samuel (2), and his adult stepchildren Kaitlyn and Annabelle.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be no services at this time, though it is our hope that when it is safe to do so, we can come together to celebrate Vi’s exceptional life.


  • Asio, Jana, and Aeson says:

    We still can’t believe he’s gone from this world but never from our hearts. He was always a great host and made sure all the guests at his home were taken care of. He was respectful and extremely considerate. He was not only a great uncle but also a great friend to many as the impact of his death has been felt instantly and his presence will be missed indefinitely. His memory will continue live on.
    We love you and miss you Uncle Vi. The imprint you left on our hearts is bigger than you’ll ever know.

  • Mike and Gina says:

    We miss you.
    We admired Uncle Vi’s character and heart. He was a selfless man. He was a hard worker, but he definitely knew how to have fun. We remember him being silly and dancing at my cousin’s wedding. We’ll never forget how he made us laugh. We will always cherish those memories.
    We love you.

  • Billy & mey says:

    To my brother-in-law even thought we never Have that much time to know each other but hopefully will meet in next life again but in the mean time we all love you rest in peace God-bless

  • To my cousin in-law you were a man with a GIANT heart. You love endlessly without no question. You we’re caring and never asked for much. You were always the boys favorite person to see when they go visit their Aunty’s house. And you have always made us welcome in all occasions. We all will miss you dearly. RIH Vi.

  • Kim and Matt Smith family says:

    Our hearts go out to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    We miss you so much dad. Please watch over us and keep us safe. I wish you didnt have to leave us so soon. There was so much more life we had to share with you. I will make sure to help out more at home.

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