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R.I.P. TJ, Our Mate!



My Good Friend John Hamilton, Tropical John or just TJ to His Mates passed away Last Night. Wish Him all the Best on His Next Journey. He Called Me in June saying He had a Bad Headache and His Vision was a bit Blurry. I told Him to Get down to the Hospital for a Check Up. Unfortunately it was a Nasty Kind of Brain Tumour and even after Treatment there was Bugger All Could be done!!! He Put up a Fight till the End and even Retained His Sense of Humour until His Speech had Gone. He was a True Legend Well Know to many People in the Yachting Circles of  South Thailand where He helped out in most Sailing events including the Kings Cup and Samui Regatta, The Motorcycling Community of Asia where He has Toured extensively and was one of the most Prominent figures on the www.GT-Rider.com Forum and Made His Yearly Pilgrimage to the Malaysian Moto GP, He even Talked about Loading up His Tent and getting Elle to Drive Him there this Year!!! . Unknown to alot of People He was also a member of the Hash House Harriers of Thailand. Sad to see a Friend go in this way but i am Glad He has ended His Suffering. My Gratitude goes out to His ever Faithful Wife Elle and His Friends from Phuket who devoted all their time to His Care over the last few Months. A special Tip of the Hat and Respect goes to Noel Akers, I Salute You!!! Thanks to Simon for Keeping us all up here Constantly informed. He Passed away Peacefully while Sleeping early Hours of this Morning. Way to Go Mate!!! Here are a Few Photo’s of The Guy as I would Like to Remember Him:


He got around in His Time, This is Him when He Toured Colorado & Maryland on a BMW 650 Dakar.

This is Justin, TJ & Myself in Chiang Rai getting a Foot Massage after we were Introducing TJ to the Joys of Off Road Riding. September 2007

Final One of Noel Akers and TJ on His Last Ride up here in Chiang Mai. They Rode back down to Phuket along with Simon. April 2008.

R.I.P Mate!!!
All the Best, Cheers Ian.

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