RIP, Brook Astor: 'I Had a Wonderful Life'

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[i]Editor's Note: The Astor's had a home in Maine.[/i]

Report: Astor's Will Leaves Bulk to Son

By Associated Press
Published June 24, 2007, 4:55 AM CDT

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NEW YORK -- After a long life in the public eye, philanthropist Brooke Astor has written her own epitaph: "I had a wonderful life."

Those words are to be inscribed on the 105-year-old socialite's tombstone when she dies, under the terms of a will that details the disposition of everything from her fortune to her fur coats, The New York Times reported Sunday.

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Well, good for her. Not so hard to do with all that baksheesh, however. :D

I hope she left plenty to charity, as well as her son.

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She already has. That's why she is know first as a philanthropist. It is used as her title.

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I hope they found a way to stick it to the taxman.

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Family trust. Only the trustee's name changes. The trust continues on.

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Sounds as if the trust has been changed. Any bets the "court appointed lawyer" gets his share? :wink:

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Summer 1958

During the summer of 1958, I worked for the Astors running their boat, the Little Nourmahal. He died that next February, and so the job ended, but I fondly remember them both as neat and thoughtful people. Brooke was/is a class act.

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New York socialite Brooke Astor dead at 105
By Michelle Nichols
8/13/07

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brooke Astor died on Monday at the age of 105 of pneumonia at Holly Hill, her estate in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Born Roberta Brooke Russell in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Astor was the child of a Marine Corps officer and his wife. She lived on Marine posts in Hawaii, Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and China, where she learned "coolie" Chinese.

She donated some $195 million to libraries, museums and charitable organizations.

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Brooke Astor leaves money for Mt. Desert Island organizations
August 17, 2007

MOUNT DESERT, Maine --Brooke Astor left behind money for a variety of causes on Mount Desert Island, where she vacationed at her seasonal Cove End estate in Northeast Harbor.

Astor gave away more than $200 million before her death. When she died Monda she left behind a personal fortune reportedly worth about $130 million and a trust valued at $60 million.

She remembered many Maine organizations in her will.

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2007/08/17/brooke_astor_...

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The Asticou Azalea Garden, Mount Desert Island, is mentioned in the article and is to receive $100,000.

[url=http://www.acadiamagic.com/asticou-garden.html]Asticou Azalea Garden[/url]

Having never heard of it before, I googled it and thought I would share the site with you all. Truly lovely!

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NYTimes.com
August 18, 2007

Brooke Astor Is Eulogized, With Only a Hint of a Rift
By ERIC KONIGSBERG

The funeral yesterday for Brooke Astor was, much like the life of Mrs. Astor herself, marked by moments both warm and reserved, blue-blooded and democratic, earthly and spiritual, generous and, possibly, the slightest bit petty, rigidly executed and — at certain turns — playful.

St. Thomas Church...was open to the public, and only about half its 1,800 seats were filled.

Members of the US Marine Corps served as pallbearers.

[url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/18/nyregion/18astor.html?ex=1345089600&en...

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Not to be off topic, but I have been in St. Thomas' several times in my life and I would be shocked if it could hold 1,800 people.

My great-grandfather’s ashes are stored behind the altar waiting for them to build a columbarium. He died during the war (the big one). About ten years ago I had a conversation with some who did altar guild stuff at St. Thomas and she said there were still ashes there.

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St. Thomas Church Web, Audio Streaming Mrs. Astor’s Funeral Service

The Order for the Burial of the Dead - Brooke Russell Astor
Friday, August 17, 2007 (audio only)
http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/

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From Mayor Bloomberg’s Eulogy to Brooke Astor

Brooke once contributed a poem to a children’s book. She called it ‘Love is an apple.’ It reads:

[i]Love is an apple round and firm,
without a blemish, or a worm.
Bite into it and you will find,
you’ve found your heart, and lost your mind. [/i]

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Mrs. Astor's "Statement of Faith" as ready by her son.

"I want the creatures, the animals and the birds to be a little less afraid of human beings, because I have blessed them and loved them, and far from doing them any harm, I have done them good. I want to leave trees rustling with my thoughts, trees that one day, long after my form has disappeared, shall still, in some mysterious way, cherish in their very beginnings their secret knowledge of me, so that when others seek shelter from the rain, or seek shade under their branches, they shall catch the peace that went from me. I want to leave the whole of nature nearer to the whole of man. I want to store up riches in the wind, and leave blessings traveling upward to the stars. I want to leave my roots in the grass, I want the tears that I have shed for the sake of high love to come again as dew. I want to leave nature richer for having known me. I want to leave my fellow many more sure there’s a divinity that shapes his end. I want to leave him with a wider vision and a greater sense of purpose. I want to leave him with the knowledge that death is nothing and life is everything. When I go from here, I want to leave behind me a deeper sense of God."

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wsj.com
January 12, 2008

PAGE ONE

As Battle Rages Over Astor Fortune, Crumbs for the Staff
Socialite's Workers Say They
Were Wrongly Cut From Will;
A Gardener Seeks $6,000

By IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN
January 12, 2008; Page A1

NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine -- Most of Brooke Astor's staff in Maine/NY, was fired, by her son before she died, cutting most workers out of her will, which stipulated they be in her employ when she died.

"Her secretaries, gardeners, drivers, maids are the unsung heroes in her life," says her grandson, Philip Marshall. "She would be mortified to know they were left out in the cold."

Employees say Astor was a woman of her word who looked after her staff.
 
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It is amazing how money can cause the complete and utter loss of memory and integrity.

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How true.
Both in personal affairs and in Government.

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