Local man dies suddenly in Thailand one month after getting married

Stuart Diamond, 62, died three days before he was due to travel home to spend Christmas in Scotland.

A Tayside man has died suddenly in Thailand just a month after getting married.

Stuart Diamond, 62, died three days before he was due to travel home to spend Christmas and New Year with his family in Scotland.

Paying tribute from her home in Blairgowrie, his daughter Michelle Pol, 37, said the family were shocked and devastated.

She said the cause of her dad’s death was still not known.

Michelle added: “Because of distance and language barrier, we are still waiting for confirmation of the cause of his death.

“All we know is he became ill a few days before and ended up in hospital where he died on December 20.

“His funeral took place on Christmas Eve, the day after he had been due to travel home.

“In keeping with Thai culture, dad was cremated.

“The funeral took place in Bangkok and Udon Thani, the village where he lived.”

Michelle said her dad only married his Thai bride Somoh a month ago.

Stuart and daughter Michelle on her wedding day.

“We are all shocked and saddened,” she said.

“I’d bought him a present this year because he was coming home to spend Christmas with us for the first time in ages.”

Michelle said her dad spent part of his childhood in Glamis, where his mother Elizabeth was well-known for running the village shop and post office.

After he left school, he worked at Wilkies factory in Kirriemuir, before becoming involved with laying pipes in the oil industry.

His work took him all over the world, including Russia, Algeria, Italy and Portugal. He moved to Thailand in 1998.

Michelle said Mr Diamond divided his time between Thailand and Scotland and most recently lived in Coupar Angus.

She added: “Dad loved the Thai culture and really embraced the Thai way of life.

“However, he also loved Scotland and enjoyed coming home to have banter with friends and family.”

A celebration of Mr Diamond’s life will be held at the Red House Hotel in Coupar Angus today.

He also leaves behind daughters Donna, Nadia and Sabrina, son Nathan and grandchildren Carla and Dylan.

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