February 2, 2007

Remembering a Childhood Friend

Posted in friends, martial arts at 8:13 pm by Jerry

SAYCOCIE – The passing of Kamonh Dia Saycocie occurred at Royal University Hospital on Tuesday, January 30th, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Shana; children, Niyah and Tanika; father, Somboun Saycocie; mother, Khekxay Saycocie; sisters, Vanida (Greg), Kenapha (Todd), Vann (Daniel), Keota (Sherman); numerous nieces and nephews. Kamonh was born on November 20th, 1971 in Laos. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1979 and spent his childhood years in Osler, SK. Kamonh moved to Saskatoon in 1988 attending Marion Graham Collegiate, followed by the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. Kamonh had a great passion for aquatic sealife. He enjoyed spending time with his family which was always a priority and the love he had for his children was unimaginable. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th Street, turn right before the railway tracks). Cremation to follow with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kamonh’s memory may be made to the Trust Fund Bank of Montreal (2122 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK). Family and friends may send email condolences to hillcrestfh@arbormemorial.com. Arrangements are entrusted to HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME, Ken Scheirich 477-4400. Published in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on 2/2/2007.

For the first few years of our friendship, Kamonh lived just two houses down the backalley from my family in the town of Osler. I don’t know exactly when Kamonh and I started to become friends. I just remember hanging out with him after school. If I remember correctly, Kamonh was the first person to introduce me to Bruce Lee’s movies. We’d work out together, teaching ourselves martials arts and gymnastics, and run around town pretending we were ninjas. It took awhile, but after my brother, our uncle and myself joined a Karate class we finally convinced Kamonh to come along with us.

Kamonh and I would hang out at each other’s homes on and off. He was an inspiration to many. He was one of those natural athletes, teaching himself to do consecutive back flips or front flips over bushes. He was amazing! I haven’t seen him for a long time. Knowing he has passed away makes me struggle to bring back to life every minute of my memories of him and our time together.


1 Comment »

  1. Vannipha said,

    Hi Jerry, Its nice that you still remember my brother Kamonh.
    If it wasn’t for our sponsers and the friends we had back home in Osler, we would not be here today. My brother thought very highly of all of you.
    His ashes will be barried in Osler and in Saskatoon. The one in Osler will be sometime in June and the one in Saskatoon in May. May 5th will be our 100th day ceremony for him, but I am not sure today where it will be held. If you are interested please let me know, and I will be sure to contact you.
    Thank you!

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