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.''