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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 January, 2005, 14:31 GMT
Family's 'unbearable' tsunami loss
Kevin McCarthy and girlfriend Debra Evans
Kevin McCarthy and Debra Evans had settled in Camberley, Surrey
The family of a man missing with his girlfriend in the Asian tsunami disaster say his loss is "unbearable".

Kevin John McCarthy, 33, originally from Penarth, south Wales, and known to friends as Sam, was in Khao Lak, Thailand, with Debra Evans, 31.

It was Christmas Day when their families last heard from the couple, who worked for a Surrey letting agency.

A memorial service for relatives and friends will be held at St Joseph's Church, Penarth, on Friday at 1200 GMT.

In a statement, Mr McCarthy's family said: "His loss is just too unbearable to put into words."

The couple were enjoying a two-week holiday in South East Asia when the tidal waves hit on Boxing Day.

He worked hard and played hard
Kevin McCarthy's family

"Kevin was very much a fun-loving individual who lived life to the full. He was a very sociable person who had lots of friends," his family said.

"He enjoyed travelling and last year visited South Africa. He also enjoyed going to the gym - he worked hard and played hard.

"He was extremely popular with colleagues and clients and has many friends in south Wales as well as his adopted home of Surrey."

The family also thanked friends and family for their support, as well as travel company staff in Thailand for helping them obtain information.

Mr McCarthy was a pupil at St Cadoc's Comprehensive School - now St Richard Gwyn School - in Barry, before joining the Royal Navy.

After leaving the services, he joined a property company in Surrey, where his girlfriend also worked.


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