CHIANGRAI TIMES – A funeral is to be held at a Bhuddist temple for a Leicestershre teacher who died while working in Thailand.
Gareth Davies, from Glenfield, died last month after falling ill in Bangkok.
The 47-year-old contracted a wasting condition called Crest and is believed to have succumbed to an infection after being treated for several weeks in a poorly-equipped rural Thai hospital.
Gareth’s brother, Mick, flew to Thailand and had to spend his £6,000 life savings on care.
He had been trying to raise £20,000 to fly Gareth back to the UK for treatment before he died. Now the teacher’s friends in Bangkok are arranging his cremation and expect a ceremony to be held on April 21.
Mick, who lives in Devon, will be flying out for the funeral.
He said: “I thought it would be a low-key thing but there has been a lot of interest from his friends, colleagues and students who all want to say goodbye to him.
“It’s very touching that people remember Gareth fondly.”
Mick intends to return his brother’s ashes to the UK and lay them alongside his parents’ in Leicester’s Gilroes Cemetery.
Before the cremation he wants to arrange an autopsy to determine how his brother died. He said: “It has proved a bit of a challenge. I want to get on with it and I thought I had the autopsy sorted.
“However, the letter the British Embassy wrote for me, to show I consented for it to take place, appeared to be wrong. So I have to go through it all again.
“Sorting anything out, both before and after Gareth died, has been such a hard job – particularly with me being on the other side of the world.
“But for the help of a few people who knew my brother in Thailand it would have been a complete nightmare.”
Mick also thanked Leicester Mercury readers who donated more than £2,000 to help him meet the costs of Gareth’s care. He said: “They have been very generous.
“I’m still uncertain whether I’m going to be hit with three weeks of mortuary charges when I get over there.”
Gareth had been paying into a fund through the university he worked for which should have covered his medical bills.
However, a mix-up meant the fund only started to meet the costs the day before he died.
Once all the arrangements in Thailand are complete there will be a celebration of Gareth’s life at his local pub, the Railway Inn, in Station Road, Glenfield.
A spokesman for the British Embassy in Bangkok said it was providing Gareth’s family with appropriate support.