Friends Mourn Popular British Expat

 | Wed 24 Sep 2014 16:38 ICT

CityNews – Friends have paid tribute to a long-time resident of Chiang Mai who died earlier this month.
The body of Briton Damien Capper was found in a car park behind 103 Condominium in Suthep district on September 14. He was wearing only his underpants, and it is believed that he committed suicide by jumping from his balcony.

The 43-year-old Londoner ran an online business and was an occasional amateur DJ. He had rented a room in the condominium for eight years, a maid told police. She said he had been ill and had recently appeared stressed.

A funeral service attended by Capper’s friends was held at Wat Santitham last week, followed by a wake at the UN Irish Pub in Ratchadamnoen Road. Among those present was former CityNews editor James Austin Farrell, who paid tribute to his kindness and generosity.

“Damian had been here a long time and had a lot of friends around town,” Farrell told CityNews. “He had a good heart, but a heart encumbered by some personal problems that in the end took their toll.

“I had personally been on the receiving end of Damian’s acts of kindness many times. I even wore the shoes he’d given me to his cremation. I can speak for his close friends and say that we hold all the good memories we shared with him. He was a son, brother, uncle, mate, and he left an impression on us all. I hope he’s found harmony – and maybe even a DJ-ing slot.”