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Tributes paid to tsunami victims
Sharon Howard with David Page and brothers Taylor (l) and Mason
Sharon Howard survived the Boxing Day tsunami
A woman whose two sons and fiance died in the Asian tsunami has paid a moving tribute to them at their funeral.

Six-year-old Taylor Howard and Mason, eight, from St Ives, died on the Thai island of Phuket on Boxing Day.

In Mrs Howard's tribute, read by the Rev Andrew Wade, she said: "I was loved by three very special people who will be in my heart forever."

People lined the pavements as the cortege passed through Carbis Bay to St Anta and All Saints Church in St Ives.

Anyone can become a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that is what you were to the boys.
Sharon Howard's tribute to David Page
Mrs Howard said her sons were both "special little boys" who gave her joy, laughter and tears.

"But you made me the proudest mum in the world," she said.

Terry Lister, the head teacher of St Any School in Carbis Bay said Mason and Taylor were "extremely popular boys".

He said the Boxing Day tsunami became a personal tragedy for everyone at the school when it was realised the family was involved.

David Page, a commercial diver from Graffham, West Sussex, had proposed to Ms Howard on Christmas Day.

'Precious times'

He died, together with Mason and Taylor, when the tidal wave struck their hotel in Khan-Lak the next day.

Paying tribute to her fiancÚ, she said: "Anyone can become a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that is what you were to the boys.

"We shared some very precious times together as a family and I will miss the man you were and the husband you were about to become."

Ms Howard 37, was born in West Bromwich, but moved to Cornwall at the age of nine.

She suffered head injuries in the tsunami and was treated in hospital in Bangkok.




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