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DiMaggio’s Estranged Son Gets Fund

March 9, 1999 GMT

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) _ Despite an estranged relationship in recent years, Joe DiMaggio did not forget his only child in death.

Among the items bequeathed in DiMaggio’s last will and testament is a trust fund that will pay Joseph Paul DiMaggio Jr. $20,000 a year.

DiMaggio Jr., who works in a Northern California junkyard and lives in a trailer, said last month he hasn’t seen his father in about two years. He did not visit his father’s bedside during the Hall of Famer’s illness.

The bequest, in a will signed May 21, 1996, appeared to be the smallest gift in the document, which also established trust funds for DiMaggio’s two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Great-grandchildren Kendahl R. Stein and Mitchell J. Stein each received trusts of $250,000. Great-granddaughters Valerie F. Hamra and Vanessa S. Hamra received trusts of $500,000 each.

Yankee Clipper Enterprises, a company wholly owned by DiMaggio, was to be liquidated as soon as possible and the money poured into his residuary estate _ whatever money remains after the specific bequests.

DiMaggio Jr.’s trust is slated to get 45 percent of the residuary estate.

Forty percent of the residuary estate was slated for the trust fund of granddaughter Paula Sue DiMaggio. The remaining 15 percent will be set aside for his other granddaughter, Katherine Marie DiMaggio. Both are the adopted daughters of DiMaggio Jr.

Paula Sue also is to receive all the silver, china, linen, jewelry, furniture and cars belonging to DiMaggio at the time of his death.

Morris Engelberg, DiMaggio’s ``dear friend and attorney,″ was named personal representative and attorney of the estate, as well as trustee for all the trusts. He is entitled to ``reasonable compensation″ for acting as trustee, but a specific amount was not listed.

The will called for Engelberg to handle the licensing and use of all DiMaggio memorabilia _ baseballs, T-shirts, photographs, mugs, jerseys, bats and baseball gloves.

Another Joseph DiMaggio, the son of the baseball great’s dead brother Mike, was left $100,000.