A few months ago I received a call from Ken, the executor of the estate for his old friend, George. While going over the clean out process I learned that Ken and George didn’t have the closest of friendships. In fact, Ken was George’s boss. George never married, had no family or close friends, and lived to work. After being forced into retirement at the age of 72, George found satisfaction and a renewed sense of feeling good about making important contributions to society in volunteering for various charities.
Unfortunately, a few months into retirement George suffered a major stroke and passed away. Ken was shocked at the passing of his old friend and surprised that he was the executor of George’s estate.
While talking with Ken I also learned that George NEVER washed his clothes. I thought uh-oh! This is going to be a job messy enough for Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe™. During the walk through of George’s condo I noted that George seemed to live like a typical male bachelor. When we got to George’s room I took a deep breath to prepare for what I was about to see and smell. But, I was pleasantly surprised to see that everything in his closets was brand new with the original price tags still attached. He had new shirts, pants, shoes (6-pair!), socks, etc. Ken told me that George hated to wash clothes so much that when they got dirty he threw them away and bought new ones!
I knew I had stumbled upon a gold mine because local charities are always in short supply of clothes for adult men. All George’s clothes were donated to Lowell Wish Project to benefit local men in need. I am sure that George would be pleased to know that even in death he continued to help others.