A WEALTHY pensioner wrote his will in a final act just four days before plunging 30ft off a multi-storey car park – requesting two uplifting hymns for his funeral.
David Hackman, described as an old-fashioned gentleman, left everything to his cousin and asked mourners to sing All Things Bright and Beautiful and Lord Of All Hopefulness.
The 75-year-old was a regular at a morning outreach service for the homeless and needy called the Broadgreen Breakfast Club – despite having an estate of £325,000.
His net worth was £81,000, which he left to his cousin Eileen Yeo, of Cirencester.
The retired machine operative, who lived in Hythe Road, Old Town, also requested that he be buried in a plot which had already been purchased at Winchcombe Cemetery, in Gloucestershire.
He asked for the hymns to form part of the service at the Moravian Protestant church near his home in Dixon Street, and his wish was carried out several weeks after his death.
The pensioner signed his will in front of two witnesses, Glenice Maggs and neighbour Noberto Grossi, on June 21, four days before he fell from the fourth floor of the Fleming Way car park.
In the days after his death Mr Hackman was described as intelligent, old-fashioned gentleman who loved to sit and chat about old times.
Breakfast Club worker Sue Gasiorek said at the time: “He loved nothing better than to sit and talk about the old times, and he lived in the past to a certain extent.
“It was almost as if he had stopped in 1960 and didn’t fit into the modern world.
“He was softly-spoken but he liked company and chatting to people.
“He loved to talk about cars and things from his past, like small-holdings and rearing chickens. This has come as a big shock to us all.”
However, in the days before he fell from the car park Mr Hackman had told two street outreach workers that he was having money problems and was feeling suicidal. Police said no one else was involved in his death.