Mum and dad bought the house from him around 30 years ago.
He's always done maintenance and decoration for them, but mum (and I'm quoting a friend of hers on the phone to me last year) turns into a fourteen year old lovesick schoolgirl whenever he's around.
He helped out when dad was in his final illness, helping him into and out of the bath each morning. Not for friendship, but because mum asked him, as she couldn't lift dad.
When she still had a car, she paid him £10 a week to check the oil. Odd how the engine on the car before last packed up through an oil leak.
She's terrified that if she "offends" him by, say, getting someone else to do repairs on the house, he won't come and help her in an emergency if she rings him.
Quite frankly, I'm going round the twist. I'm wandering around on the verge of tears most of the time anyway, because of her stubbornness, but this is going to tip me over if I find he's taken money from her.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
The rest of us are a bit crap.