A man who is set to inherit hundreds of thousands of pounds following the death of his 81-year-old husband has been branded a “gold digger” and a “leech” by the late vicar’s family.
Philip Clements, a retired Church of England vicar from Dover, passed away alone in hospital in Bucharest, Romania, on a ward that was closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following his death, his 27-year-old widower Florin Marin said he cried for two days but is now looking forward to enjoying his inheritance of a £150,000 life insurance payout and a £2,000-a-month-for-life pension.
He also receive a £100,000 house that Philip transferred into his name before he died.
Philip’s family said they were horrified at Florin’s reaction following his death and said he didn’t even seemed upset when he called to tell them the news.
Retired Royal Mail driver Tony Clements spoke to Florin for the first time last Sunday after he called him to let him know Philip had died, reports The Sun Online.
The 71-year-old said: “He’s a gold digger. Why would a chap his age be interested in an 81-year-old man?
“If I was Philip, I’d have tried to find someone closer to my own age. But he obviously loved Florin.
“I don’t think Florin loved him. I had no problem with him being gay, of course I didn’t. There’s no reason to.”
Tony said him and his brothers had stopped seeing Phillip as they felt “angry” about the 54 year age gap.
Philip’s other brother Brian, 76, who served as a Royal Marine for 43 years, added: “Florin is a leech and he’s got what he always wanted.”
But Florin today insisted that Philip wouldn’t have wanted him to be unhappy, saying: “My darling people, it is not my fault that left me with this money.”
Tony said they never cared about getting any money from Philip and he only cared that he was healthy.
He added: “I don’t even know how much he had. As far as I knew, he was broke. He used to spend so much money on Florin, who just wanted designer things all the time.”
Mr Marin said his late husband had fallen ill during the coronavirus lockdown after he was unable to visit his GP in the UK and was left running low on medication.
He claims that despite Mr Clements developing a fever and becoming disoriented he refused to seek medical help resulting in him taking the former clergyman to hospital himself.
Mr Marin said he was separated from his husband as he was whisked to a quarantined coroanvirus ward amid fears he had the disease, but when tests came back negative he was transferred to a cardiac ward where heslipped into a coma and later died.
Mr Clements died alone and his widower told the sad news in a phone call from the hospital.
Mr Marin will be allowed to draw the £2,000-a-month pension for life as long as he doesn’t get remarried.
Florin declined to comment on the claims of Philip’s brothers.
But he told Mail Online previously: “People will think that I am a widow with a black hat who is crying, and I did cry, but two days is enough.
“Philip didn’t want me to cry, he wanted people to be happy whatever happened.
“I don’t want to show people my feelings because my husband died, because some people take advantage of that and there are people who are happy because of your sadness.”
The couple met on the online dating site Gaydar and got married three years ago in Kent – but their relationship hit the rocks when Mr Clements moved to Bucharest and rowed over Mr Marin clubbing into the early hours of the morning.
Mr Marin had an affair with a Spaniard named Jesús resulting in Mr Clements moving back to England a few months after they wed, despite having sold his home to live in the Romanian capital.
However the couple kissed and made up in March this year after the ex-vicar said he was happy for Mr Marin to visit gay clubs at the weekends with people his own age.
Mr Clements said at the time: “I know when he’s busy not to disturb him and to give him space.
“He goes to the gay club in Bucharest once a week and I’m fine with that.
“He must have space to be with younger people, it’s very important when there’s this big age difference. We’ve both learnt a lot.”
The new widow said the cash was ‘not that huge’ and while he will always remember his late husband he won’t rule out any future relationships.
Mr Clements, a vicar for 50 years, had been using his church and teaching pension to pay for the couple’s living expenses in their two-bedroom Bucharest home before he fell ill.
Mr Marin said his late husband suffered from a number of health conditions but was unable to travel to the UK to see his GP because of the lockdown.
The widower said the lockdown also stopped him from obtaining more of the medication he was running low on so they stayed in to stop him from any possible exposure to coronavirus.
He added that when Mr Clements was admitted to hospital he gave the nurses a letter he had written to him telling him everyone loved him was praying for him in England as he was keeping them up to date with developments.
It also assured that their cat was fine but missing him.
Mr Marin said he will find an Anglican priest to conduct the funeral as the Romanian Church is Orthodox and anti-gay marriage.
Mr Clements will be cremated and his ashes spread in ‘a park with a lake in Bucharest’ as directed in his will.