Tragic Phuket death shocks Geelong family

The baby of the family, Dean was “a beautiful bloke”, she said.

A facilities co-ordinator at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, her brother lived in Drumcondra and had many friends.

“He was lovely to everyone, he was a really kind and gentle soul who loved music and was liked by everyone,” she said.

“He was particularly close to his brother, Adam, with whom he travelled to Melbourne for work every day.

“They were just so close, the two of them  they were the best of friends.”

Mrs McKeon said her son, lovingly nicknamed “Deanos”, was generous to a fault.

“Dean was the most humble, amazing, kind-hearted man and even today we are learning just how valued and appreciated he was by his friends and work colleagues,” Mrs McKeon said.

“Dean was most comfortable and outgoing when with his massive circle of friends, to whom he was exceptionally loyal.

He would give his last dollar to those in need.”

The family was still investigating ways in which Mr McKeon’s body could be returned to Australia for burial, Mrs Skuza said.

“We are negotiating at the moment whether the family needs to go over there or whether his friends can bring him home,” she said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said consular officials from the Australian Embassy in Bangkok were providing assistance to Mr McKeon’s travelling companions in Thailand.

Consular officials in Canberra were supporting his family in Australia, the spokesperson said.

A Thai online news report posted late on Saturday said Mr McKeon had been taken to the Patong Hospital.

Phuket provincial police and medical examiners were still investigating the cause of death, the report said.

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