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Popular Patong Aussie Bar Owner Mourned

Thursday, October 7, 2010
A MAN who died a sad, lonely death on Phuket has been identified as one of the island's most popular bar owners, Australian Nick Jackson.

Mr Jackson was well known as a game fishing boat captain and a partner in Katoeys R Us, (Cocktails and Dreams) a Patong venue that had a good reputation for being family-friendly.

Mystery surrounds his last few days, but police say there were no suspicious circumstances. Mr Jackson - full name Graham Nicholas Jackson - was found dead aged 54 in a guesthouse room in the Nanai area of Patong on October 2. Police believe he had been dead for several days.

The partner in another Patong venue, Steve Wood of the Aussie Bar in Soi Bangla, said today: ''Nick was one of the original great guys. He couldn't do enough for people. Each year, at the festival to mark the high season opening on November 1, Nick would hand out scholarships to schoolchildren.''

Katoeys R Us was originally with the Tiger pub then moved to Soi Happy, near Seduction, Mr Wood said. ''Nick also had a massage place opposite the Offshore Bar,'' Mr Wood said.

''Nick was fit, not a big drinker. I have been here for 12 years and Nick was here before me. We all loved him.''

Another friend mourned Mrt Jackson in a contribution to a Phuket online site: ''His unexpected death is a real loss to our community, he was a true Patong original. Bon Voyage Nick, the world is poorer for you passing.''

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'Sad and lonely' paints the wrong impression about Nick - in my mind he was anything but. I last saw him on 24 September and he looked well in himself, busy with a boat building project.

He is currently at the Temple across from Loma Park and his cremation is scheduled for Sunday at present.

Posted by Mister Ree on October 7, 2010 20:41

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One of the first people I met when I moved here 9 years ago. A friendly, helpful fellow and a good human being.

Posted by Cammo on October 7, 2010 22:17

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@Mister Ree. Cremation time confirmed yet?

Posted by mike on October 8, 2010 11:18

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Not got the times yet Mike, will update when confirmed.

Posted by Mister ree on October 8, 2010 13:10

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@ Mike - funeral service was tonight. Cremation to take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 1130 am, at the temple opposite Loma Park

Posted by Mister Ree on October 9, 2010 21:49

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@Mister Ree - thanks mate.

Posted by mike on October 10, 2010 08:45

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Another of Phuket's greats passes away. It's going to be a helluva party Up There with Tony, Tom, Bill, Frank, Sam and all the others.

Posted by Aimee Brelford on October 11, 2010 18:42


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