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Durban - The family of legendary businessman William (Bill) Daly have hired a private investigator to help find those responsible for his murder.
Daly’s niece, Pat Lee, told the Daily News that her son-in-law had employed the services of Brad Nathanson Investigations to try to make sense of things.
Daly, 89, was killed in an apparent robbery at his Morningside home on Monday afternoon. Lee said: “He meant so much to us.”
She said a security company had been hired to guard the house and the “priceless” possessions inside round the clock.
Lee has the task of sorting through more than 100 years of history in her uncle’s home. “He never threw anything away,” she said.
The house, 44 Maple Street, was bought by his grandfather in 1889, eight years after he founded cordial company W Daly & Son.
Then a modest wood and iron structure, it was advertised as being “Out in the country with a view of the anchorage” - a far cry from the urban Morningside of today.
Daly’s grandfather, after whom he was named, rebuilt part of the house in 1902 to its present double-storey grandeur.
In a newspaper article celebrating its centenary, Daly was quoted as saying: “I have lived here all my life and could never give it up.”
Lee said it was too soon for her and the family to decide what would become of a house of such historical and sentimental value.
She is also not sure what will become of Daly’s vintage cars. Three have been moved to storage in Pinetown for safety. The fourth, which will be removed later, is a 1936 MG VA that belonged to Daly’s father.
Daly’s great nephew, Chris Lyle, said the car had stood on bricks for many years before Daly restored it for his sickly mother. She died six weeks before her 101st birthday in 1998.
“I know we can’t keep them, we wouldn’t be able to maintain them, but I would like to at least keep the number plate to have something to remember him by and pass it down,” he said.