Young Christchurch man dies on holiday in Thailand

DANIEL STRUDWICK - THE CAIRNS POST
Last updated 15:49 11/01/2011

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The body of a young Christchurch man has been flown home from Thailand after he died in a scooter accident on January 2.

His Canterbury-based family will hold a funeral for Nicholas McCutcheon, aged 20, in Rangiora on Friday.

The Cairns Post reported today that McCutcheon, who grew up in Townsville, Australia, suffered severe head injuries after his rented scooter crashed on January 2 while on holiday with friends from the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

He died in hospital three days later.

McCutcheon's mother Denise told The Cairns Post her family was mourning the loss of "the most wonderful son".

"It was a privilege to have known him for the 20 years of his life," she said.

"He had a wonderful life and we are all just so grateful to have shared it with him and loved him for as long as we were able to."

Denise McCutcheon said her son was knocked unconscious in the accident.

"He hit his head very hard. He never would've known what hit him or felt any pain," she said.

The McCutcheon family arrived in the Far North in 2003 and returned to New Zealand when Nicholas graduated in 2007.

"He made a lot of good friends at TAS and he loved living in Cairns.

"He was back there after being stationed in Townsville for an air force exercise in November and he phoned me to say how good it was being back."

His school friends remember Nicholas as a talented all-round sportsman, devoted student and a popular favourite among peers and teachers.

He was chosen as a house captain in year 12.

"He was an absolute inspiration to everyone," friend Chanveer Singh said.

"Nick never had anything bad to say about anyone else and vice versa.

"That's just the kind of guy he was."

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