Brit who left fortune to bellboy regarded him as 'son he never had'

British holidaymaker who left his ‘£200,000fortune to Turkish hotel bellboy regarded him as the ‘son he never had’, close friend reveals

  • Charles George Courtney left his fortune to Turkish bellboy Taskin Dasdan in July
  • Sum is believed to be in the region of £200,000 with other gifts to hotel personale
  • His close friend Terry Aplin, 87, said he greatly regretted not having children with his wife Miriam and saw Taskin ‘like a son
  • A wealthy British holidaymaker who left his fortune to a Turkish hotel bellboy regarded him as the son he never had, FEMAIL can reveal.

    Charles George Courtney, da Hastings, gave Taskin Dasdan an undisclosed sum, believed to be in the region of £200,000, after he died aged 87, nel mese di luglio.

    Charles struck up a friendship with Taskin after staying at the Korumar Hotel De Luxe in the Kusadasi district of Aydin every year.

    Adesso, Charles’ close friend Terry Aplin, 87, said he greatly regretted not having children with his wife Miriam, who died of cancer 10 years ago after 50 anni di matrimonio.

    Terry added that Charles lived life to the full after being widowed by going on holiday to Turkey up to three times a year.

    Charles George Courtney (sinistra)  da Hastings, gave Taskin Dasdan (giusto) an undisclosed sum, believed to be in the region of £200,000, after he died aged 87, nel mese di luglio.

    Charles George Courtney (sinistra) da Hastings, gave Taskin Dasdan (giusto) an undisclosed sum, believed to be in the region of £200,000, after he died aged 87, nel mese di luglio.

    Charles greatly regretted not having children with his wife Miriam, who died of cancer 10 anni fa, dopo 50 anni di matrimonio. Terry added that Charles lived life to the full after being widowed by going on holiday to Turkey up to three times a year. He is pictured with Miriam

    Charles greatly regretted not having children with his wife Miriam, who died of cancer 10 anni fa, dopo 50 anni di matrimonio. Terry added that Charles lived life to the full after being widowed by going on holiday to Turkey up to three times a year. He is pictured with Miriam

    Là, he was treated like royalty as staff picked him up from the hotel, always gave him his own room number 401, reserved his favourite table and referred to him as the ‘Godfather’.

    Mr Aplin, who along with his wife Diane went on holiday to the resort with the Courtneys, said the gift was typical of his friend’s generous natureto reward the Turkish hotel workers who became like his own family.

    He told FEMAIL: ‘Whenever he went to Turkey, he was like part of their family. He had no children of his own and they would call him godfather. They would give him a badge with his name on it.

    ‘The hotel was like a second home for him and sometimes he would go three times a year because he loved the place and the people.

    Life of the party! Charles is pictured with a dancer during one of his stays at the resort

    Life of the party! Charles is pictured with a dancer during one of his stays at the resort

    Charles' close friend Terry Aplin, who went to the resort with Charles (nella foto insieme) said they were 'treated like royalty' at the resort

    Charles’ close friend Terry Aplin, who went to the resort with Charles (nella foto insieme) said they were ‘treated like royaltyat the resort

    Charles struck up a friendship with bellboy Taskin after staying at the Korur De Lux Hotel in the Kusadasi district of Aydin every year (nella foto, Taskin)

    Charles struck up a friendship with bellboy Taskin after staying at the Korur De Lux Hotel in the Kusadasi district of Aydin every year (nella foto, Taskin)

    ‘When we would land at the airport, there would be a 4×4 to pick us up. We were treated like royalty. But this was genuine affection both from him and from the people there.

    Mr Aplin a retired electrical engineer, aggiunto: ‘The bell boy who has been left his money was like the son he never had.

    ‘He would be invited to dinner at his house to meet his wife and children. They were like his family too.

    When Miriam, a Bank of England fraud investigator passed away, Mr Aplin would help Charles out with his car insurance paperwork and remind him when to get his car taxed.

    He said he believed Mr Courtney’s wealth probably stood at ‘a few hundred thousand pounds.

    After Charles died earlier this year, his family were left stunned to find that in his will the main share of his inheritance was to go to Taskin, with some smaller bequests to other hotel members (nella foto, Charles)

    A room at the hotel in Kusadasi where Charles always stayed has been named after the late guest

    Charles resigned from his managerial role with the Whitbread Brewery in London where he oversaw supplies to the Wimbledon tennis championship and Mariam left the bank and the couple moved into a modest three-bedroom terraced house where they lived happily for 30 anni

    Charles resigned from his managerial role with the Whitbread Brewery in London where he oversaw supplies to the Wimbledon tennis championship and Mariam left the bank and the couple moved into a modest three-bedroom terraced house where they lived happily for 30 anni

    Ha aggiunto: ‘I know he had shares from the Whitbread Brewery as well as his wife’s pension from the Bank of England and his state pension. So he did not really want for anything.

    Mr Alpin said his friend moved to St Leonards-on-Sea, near Hastings, after enjoying regular caravan holidays there with his wife when they both took early retirement.

    Charles resigned from his managerial role with the Whitbread Brewery in London where he oversaw supplies to the Wimbledon tennis championship and Mariam left the bank and the couple moved into a modest three-bedroom terraced house where they lived happily for 30 anni.

    He nursed Mariam through poor health and when she passed away, he was determined to live life to the full.

    Charles is pictured dressed as a chef during one of his many stays at the resort in Turkey

    Charles is pictured dressed as a chef during one of his many stays at the resort in Turkey

    Charles and his wife Miriam are pictured in Turkey during one of their holidays to the resort

    Charles and his wife Miriam are pictured in Turkey during one of their holidays to the resort

    Mr Aplin’s wife Diane added: ‘Charlie would’ve loved to have had children.

    ‘Each time he went on holiday there, he would fill a suitcase with gifts for the staff which were things like tins of Quality Street and other chocolates

    ‘There would always be a suitcase and he didn’t mind paying the extra £50 luggage free to take it there.

    He died on July 15, 2014, at the Conquest Hospital near his home.

    Lei ha aggiunto: ‘He was naturally a very happy man by spirit and he also liked a glass of whiskey!

    ‘He would play jokes on us and was really good at playing cards.

    A room at the hotel in Kusadasi where Charles always stayed has been named after the late guest

    A room at the hotel in Kusadasi where Charles always stayed has been named after the late guest

    ‘The day before he died I went to see him in hospital and it was a goodbye. I was the last person to see him.

    ‘He took my hand which he had never done before and kissed it.

    ‘Charlie said ‘I have had a life. But I have nothing now.

    ‘I suppose he knew that it was his time to go and we miss him and his parties a lot. He was a good friend as was Mimsy his wife.

    Taskin revealed he had been working as a bellboy since 1990 and had known Charles for many years. He said he always tried to make him feel welcome and part of the family, just as he did with all guests.

    Charles, who's known Taskin for many years, is pictured on holiday in Turkey

    Charles, who’s known Taskin for many years, is pictured on holiday in Turkey

    Taskin told the Bayez Gazete: ‘At the hotel, we treat everyone equally, we treat them as family, not as tourists.

    He added that he already knew Charles was generous, because the older man had given him money for his children’s education, for which he had been enormously grateful, although he never expected anything else.

    After Charles passed away his distant relatives were surprised to find that in his will the main share of his inheritance was to go to Taskin with some smaller bequests to other hotel members.

    Charles is pictured dressed as a clown during one of his visits to the resort in Turkey

    Charles is pictured dressed as a clown during one of his visits to the resort in Turkey

    Taskin first heard about the fortune when the hotel was contacted by officials from the UK saying they wanted to speak to some members of staff.

    He admitted he was floored when he was told about it saying: ‘We got a phone call from England after Charles passed saying that he had left us a large share of his inheritance.

    Speaking to local media, Taskin said that the generous offer also included some smaller amounts to his hotel colleagues, and he admitted he and they had no idea they were in line to get anything.

    The exact amount of the money that was left by the Brit was not revealed, but it was said to be enough that the Turkish man does not need to work again.

    However Taskin said he loved his job so much he plans to continue working.

    He also revealed while he feels incredibly grateful for the offer, he loves his job because it gives him the opportunity to meet people from all around the world.

    Taskin told the Bayez Gazete that Charles always stayed in room 401, which has since become known as ‘Charlie’s Roomand would always remind staff at the hotel of the Briton who went from being a guest to a member of the family.

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