Don Pratt, 65, has sold his taxi firm and retired this week as he was left a very generous tip of £250, 000 in the will of Ms Mary Watson, who he drove to and from the shops, to the doctors and on other errands around Newquay where she lived.
Don’s Cabs was the firm Mrs Watson used every day to get around the Cornish seaside resort, becoming a regular customer 20 years ago after Mr Pratt offered to help take her shopping into her home.
Mr Pratt said: “I always try to help old people because one day you will be needing that help yourself.””It should be the same for everyone.”
Mr Pratt said Mrs Watson was always a good tipper and about 12 years ago she asked him to be best man at her remarriage.
Mrs Watson moved to Northampton 10 years ago, but Mr and Mrs Pratt kept in touch with her until about two years before she died.
“Her solicitor called to tell us she had remembered us in her will, I couldn’t believe it when we found out she had left us everything, I’m not sure how her family feel about it, but the solicitor was clear that she wanted me to have what she left.”
Mr Pratt has now sold his taxi firm to a friend and is looking forward to a relaxing retirement.