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Former British consul, Thomas Tuite, dies aged 93

Thomas Tuite.
Thomas Tuite. / SUR
  • Born in Dublin in 1923, Thomas Robert Henry Stratford Tuite OBE was consul in Malaga between 1962 and 1989

Former British consul, Thomas Tuite, died in Malaga on 18 February at the age of 93.

He was born Thomas Robert Henry Stratford Tuite in Dublin, Ireland, in 1923, son of an Anglo-Irish army officer.

Before settling in Malaga, Thomas worked for the Foreign Office and was posted in British-occupied Germany and Eritrea after World War II.

It was in the 1950s that he visited Malaga on his way to Ireland from Canada.

He liked the city so much that he decided to stay and look for a job, initially working in the private sector for a shipping agent.

He met Malaga-born Chari Briales de León, whom he married in 1957.

In 1962 he was offered the job of British consul, a post that had been vacant for several years.

His Law degree and legal experience gained in earlier life helped him obtain the position he held for 27 years.

He retired as consul at the end of 1989. During his retirement he served on the committee of the English cemetery in Malaga.

Thomas is survived by his wife Chari Briales de León, his sons Thomas, Gerard, Mark and Patrick and his sister Pamela, and four grandchildren.