Low-profile Palm Beach philanthropist — who gave tens of millions of dollars to charity and medical research during his lifetime — is still giving more than a year after his death, news.com.au reports.
Three northern beaches properties, one owned by Pat Kilkeary, and the other two owned by his friend and neighbour Lloyd Walshe, are all up for sale, with all proceeds to go to a foundation he set up in his mother Cecelia’s name.
The collective sale could boost the Cecelia Kilkeary Foundation’s coffers by some $10 million.
Ironically, the pair, who lived across the road from each other, died within days of each other in late 2016, Mr Kilkeary’s sister Bernadette Jones said.
Mrs Jones said her brother, who made his fortune as a structural engineer and then in the family business Guthridge Pty Ltd, never married or had children. One of seven children himself, he had always had a desire to help others.
“He was an amazing man really, everyone really looked to him as the head of the family after our father died,” she said.
Mr Kilkeary was very close to both of his parents. Mrs Jones said he donated a Dee Why house to St Vincent de Paul in memory of his father, and it was called Desmond Kilkeary Lodge.
He set up the foundation after his mother died, in her memory.
“She knew he was giving a lot of his money away,” Mrs Jones said. “She was all for it, we all were.”
But by the time he set up the foundation, Mr Kilkeary was already an established philanthropist who shunned the limelight.
Westmead Hospital renal physician, Professor Jeremy Chapman, said that in today’s financial terms, Mr Kilkeary and his foundation have probably donated about $30 million to various projects.