Norwegian leaves riches to poor

Dying suddenly, 52-year-old Norwegian Phuket real estate owner leaves his 100 million baht in assets to the poor.

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Norwegian gifts Phuket needy

10 Feb 2013
Online Reporters

A Norwegian who died of causes believed to be related to asthma on Saturday left behind a will in which his assets worth more than 100 million baht are to be donated to foundations for the elderly and children in Phuket.

Pol Lt Tawatchai Srimai, the duty officer of Kathu district police, Sunday revealed the death of the 52-year-old Norwegian whose name he gave as Frank Robert. He had been found by a housekeeper at Benjamas Housing Estate in Soi Saen Sabai near Patong beach. 

The housekeeper said on returning from cleaning up houses in the estate at about 3pm on Saturday she found her boss dead.

Police went to a two-storey luxury house on a 200 square wah plot to examine the body. The Norwegian was wearing a pair of shorts. There were no traces of injuries to the body. He was believed to have died three hours earlier.

Mrs Sansanee said her boss suffered from asthma and his condition might have deteriorated. She said he usually went to Phuket Hospital for treatment.

The housekeeper said Frank Robert told her that if he died he wanted her to tell the police that he had written a will kept in a safe in the house.

The will states that he wanted to donate his assets to foundations for the elderly and children in Phuket to show his gratitude to Thailand.

Mrs Sansanee said her boss arrived in Phuket more than 10 years ago and had bought 21 houses in Benjamas Housing Estate for rent to foreign tourists.

Police will call a meeting of all concerned to execute the will according to the Norwegian's wishes.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Local News, Norwegian gifts Phuket needy, 10 Feb 2013, Online Reporters, link

Inheritance Vocabulary

inheritance - the money you get from someone when they die มรดก
charity - helping people in need (the poor and sick, for example, not in your own family) (See Wikipedia)

will -  a written legal document saying who gets your money and property after your death พินัยกรรม (See Wikipedia)
left behind a will (after he died)

probate - the legal process of giving a person's money and property to people or organizations after a person dies การพิสูจน์พินัยกรรม

execute - to do or perform something, especially in a planned way ดำเนินการ
execute a will - giving a person's money and property to the people that the will says should get them 
execute the will according to the Norwegian's wishes

needy - not having enough money, food, clothing, etc. ยากไร้
the Phuket needy

gift (noun)  - something you give to another person or organization (without anything required to be given in return) ของขวัญ
gift (verb) - to give a gift to a person or people

Norwegian gifts Phuket needy

asthma - a medical condition that inflames the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe โรคหอบหืด (See Wikipedia)
died of causes believe related to asthma
suffered from asthma

assets - a thing of value that a person or a company owns, for example: stocks, bonds, real estate, loans to others, or money สินทรัพย์
assets worth more than 100 million baht

donate - to give money or things to an organization that needs it such as a school, charity, hospital or political party บริจาค
donate assets

foundation - an organization that collects or "raises" money for things that need money such as medical research, the poor or a charity มูลนิธิ
foundation for children

elderly - older people, over 65 สูงวัย, อาวุโส, อายุมาก
foundation for elderly

his assets to be donated to foundations for the elderly and children in Phuket

A Norwegian who died of causes believe related to asthma on Saturday left behind a will in which his assets worth more than 100 million baht are to be donated to foundations for the elderly and children in Phuket.

duty - something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do หน้าที่, ความรับผิดชอบ
officer - a high level person in an organisation with special responsibilities (a government officer, a police officer, an army officer)
duty officer - the police officer who was at work at the time (and had the "duty" or responsibility to respond to a call)

revealed - made known or showed somthing that was surprising or that was previously secret เปิดเผย
housekeeper - someone with the job of cleaning a house or building  แม่บ้าน

Pol Lt Tawatchai Srimai, the duty officer of Kathu district police, Sunday revealed the death of the 52-year-old Norwegian whose name he gave as Frank Robert. He had been found by a housekeeper at Benjamas Housing Estate in Soi Saen Sabai near Patong beach, Sansanee Montree, 36.

storey - one level or "floor" of a house or building that has more than one level ชั้นของตึกหรืออาคาร
two-storey - two levels

luxury - the best and most expensive of something ที่หรูหรา
two-storey luxury house

plot - a piece of land used for a particular purpose
a two-storey luxury house on a 200 square wah plot

Police went to a two-storey luxury house on a 200 square wah plot to examine the body.

trace - something very small that shows that something happened ร่องรอย
no traces of injuries to the body

There were no traces of injuries to the body. He was believed to have died three hours earlier.

deteriorated - became worse ทรุดโทรม, เสื่อมโทรม, เลวลง, ชำรุด
condition deteriorated - became more sick (the persons' medical condition got worse)

Mrs Sansanee said her boss suffered from asthma and his condition might have deteriorated.

treatment - medical treatment; the process of providing medical care การรักษา
She said he usually went to Phuket Hospital for treatment.

safe  
- ตู้เซฟ, ตู้นิรภัย
the will was kept in a safe in the house

gratitude - wishing to show appreciation and thanks for things that others have done for you ความรู้สึกขอบคุณ
show gratitude
show his gratitude to Thailand

The will states that he wanted to donate his assets to foundations for the elderly and children in Phuket to show his gratitude to Thailand.

rent - to pay money for the use of something for a period of time เช่า
houses for rent
houses for rent to foreign tourists

Mrs Sansanee said her boss arrived in Phuket more than 10 years ago and had bought 21 houses in Benjamas Housing Estate for rent to foreign tourists.

concerned - related to or affected by something something
all concerned - all the people who are affected by something (here: the will)

meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม
meeting of all concerned

Police will call a meeting of all concerned to execute the will according to the Norwegian's wishes.

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