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US man leaves waitresses $130,000 in his will

Renowned art collector Robert Ellsworth left his favourite waitress and her niece US$100,000 (S$130,000) in his will.

The US man died in August last year at the age of 85.

A lawyer called Ms Maureen Donohue-Peters and told her he had left her "something".

Said the waitress at Donohue’s Steak House in New York: "I said, 'Oh my God!'. I did not expect anything. He’s a very generous man, he’s always been good to everybody."

Mr Ellsworth left US$100,000 to be split between Ms Donohue-Peters, 53, and her niece Maureen Barrie, 28.

Generous man

The millionaire was known for his generosity.

In 1986, he reportedly donated about US$22 million worth of Asian paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

The New York Post estimated he had a fortune of around US$200 million.

Long-time patron

Ms Donohue-Peters said Mr Ellsworth had patronised the restaurant for more than 50 years.

The art collector befriended her father after the restaurant opened in 1950.

Since then, he had dined at the restaurant religiously.

He eventually became close to Ms Donohue-Peters when she took over in 2000.

She said: "He had always a smile in his face. He always got the same food, same drink.

"I would give anything to have him back. No amount of money can replace him."

Source: AFP

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