The family of a mysterious man thought to have been a spy today said they had been given further fascinating information about the rich and famous characters he rubbed shoulders with.
Maxwell Naesmith Wilcock was a real life giant who stood at 6ft 9in tall, and had size 19 feet.
Dr Wilcock had 10 variations of his name, spoke eight languages, and had nine degrees, including four with a religious sect in America.
Robin Maudsley, 61, of Meadow Street, Deepdale, was stunned when heir hunters contacted him to tell him cousin Max, as he was known, had died in hospital with £13,000 cash stuffed in his pyjamas.
He was even more intrigued to learn from Max’s friends in London - who knew him as Bill - that he had met Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on his boat, and worked for the millionaire industrialist Bernard Docker carrying suitcases of cash in the 1950s.
Robin is now trying to obtain further information on his activities.
He said: “ Those stories I was told as a kid are turning out to be true, but we still don’t know where he would have got the money from, the money to study all those degrees, and to travel the world.
“His nurse said he told him he was a diplomat, and his friend said he had worked for Bernard Docker.”
Max lived in Fishwick Parade and Deepdale Road in Preston in the 1930s and 1940s before embarking on a life of mystery and intrigue, travelling to hundreds of countries, rising through the ranks of the Knights Templar masonic and religious organisation, and studying at several universities.
His estate, valued between £50k and £70k, will be divided between nine heirs.