A well liked businessman from the town of Newry in Northern Ireland, has died whilst enjoying a break in Thailand.
Mr Terry Davey, a local grocer well respected in the community, is thought to have drowned whilst swimming in the sea off the beach resort of Pattya. His body was found on the beach.
A resort to the east of the Thai capital Bangkok, it is very popular with UK and European businessmen, who often relax there over the winter months. A resort which has been linked with the child sex trade in the past, there have been no stories linking Mr Davey with such activities.
The news was announced in mid January, with his family said to be devastated by the tragic loss of the father of three. The news was also a shock for many members of the business community, whilst a local councillor, Jackie Patterson, said that Mr Davey had been “a friend from school days”.
Mr Davey had been a very popular man throughout the whole community, where his role as shopkeeper was an important one.
The son of former Northern Ireland international, Mr Davey had also been a very promising youth footballer himself. In the 1960s, he had played an integral role in local side, Newry Town’s, cup success.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) had offered all support to the family, and would help with repatriation back to the UK and Northern Ireland, though it is unclear when this was going to take place.