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The Millionaire Doormen of Fifth Avenue

Upper East Side

Millionaire Doormen
May 20, 2016

Three doormen at a posh Fifth Avenue address may soon be millionaires if a 2001 will of socialite Alicia Corning Clark – a one-time fiancee of John F. Kennedy – proves valid, DNAinfo reports.

Clark, who died on Feb. 10 at 79, left behind $17 million in property, jewelry and money, but no heirs or living family. Among the beneficiaries in the 2001 will, filed in the Bahamas, are three doormen at Clark’s Fifth Avenue building. She set aside $1 million each for William Courtney, Felix Afanador and George Rodriguez.

Courtney, who still works at the building, said Clark told him about the $1 million inheritance three months before she died. “My wife freaked out,” Courtney said. “She said, ‘You gotta be kidding me!’”

But there’s a catch. Isn’t there always a catch in these affairs?

Leonard Boehner, an attorney, filed a typewritten will in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court a month after Clark’s death, which, he claims, was signed by Clark in 2004 and revokes all previous wills. In the 2004 will, Clark, an animal lover, leaves everything to the Humane Society. The three doormen get nothing.

Next stop: Probate Court.

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