I'd rather a spicebox than a nose full of coke, a few pints in Dublin than a fortnight in Ibiza and if I was only going down the road for my lunch, a bus pass would be a lot more practical and therefore enjoyable to use for my purposes than a 911. The money would have nothing to do with the decisions I'd make.
People are gas. They can't get their heads around a man not pissing away his money, just, because. Do you think he wasn't happy? If having a big balance in the bank made him happy, would that be okay with ye? Or would he have had to spend it on stuff you want him to spend it on for it to be okay with you?
I know of people who didnt even have an inside toilet or running water but they died leaving hundreds of thousands to some nephew they never saw. it would hardly be pissing your money away to make them changes to your house and have a bit of comfort in your old age.
as for pissing it away, its only money, paper or a number on a screen, it should be used. that old man should have travelled a bit maybe, instead of sponging off his neighbours.
I would hate to think when im gone that people would think of me as a tight miserable man who wouldnt spend christmas. Dont get me wrong I work hard and make money but I dont mind spending it on family and myself, its there to be used.