A NEWSTEAD woman’s dying wish will be realised when all the proceeds from the auction of her blue chip residence are donated to charity.
Susan Deuchars passed away in June after battling lung cancer and then brain cancer over 13 years.
Her husband Mark passed away from motor neurone disease four years ago.
The one time hairdresser and businesswoman lived on a top floor apartment overlooking the historic Newstead Park for eleven years.
Long time family friend, Richard Forstmann, has been appointed executor of Mrs Deuchars’ will and said three charities would benefit from the November 13 auction of 19/1 Newstead Ave, Newstead: Cancer Council Australia, the RSPCA, and Fight MND (Motor Neurone Disease).
“She was the original lady,” Mr Forstmann said.
“She was a little tiny thing, often a red head in her day. She was a lot of fun and a good friend.
“She was not someone who liked to be crossed, she liked to get her own way and she was bitterly disappointed that the cancer prevented her from travelling at the end. She was very well travelled.”
Her estate has been divided roughly in half, with the 250sq m, three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the charities close to the couple’s heart.
Other assets are being divided among five close friends.
“They were both cat mad and loved animals,” Mr Forstmann said.
“Suzie had no children and her friends who live in Queensland, probably more than a dozen, will join hands and sit on that back veranda and raise a glass to her when the property sells.”
The two-level penthouse-style apartment in Newstead has balconies overlooking the city and Newstead Park and is just 100m from the Brisbane River.
The three bedrooms are split over two levels with the upstairs bedroom overlooking the main living area.
This is the first charity auction for Place New Farm agent Aaron Woolard.
“It feels special to be part of it and to have been selected to carry out Suzie’s wishes,” Mr Woolard said.
“I didn’t meet the owner but talking to Richard, she sounds like an extraordinary person.”
He said downsizers, executive couples and people looking to upgrade from within the apartment complex have all shown interest in the property.
The auction will be held in rooms at Coco Republic, Fortitude Valley on Wednesday November 13, at 6pm.