A well-known clock mechanic and collector from California died at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on Thursday.
The 60-year-old Sacramento native was in a medically-induced coma after being involved in a near deadly crash.
KXTV News 10 in Sacramento said Phil Paguio, also known as “Dr. Time,” is considered somewhat of a northern California celebrity.
But as he lay in a hospital bed in Idaho Falls, his girlfriend in California sold his entire clock collection.
Paguio splits his time between his hometown of Sacramento and Billings, Mont., which is where he was last week.
According to the Billings Gazette, Paguio was fixing the courthouse clock on his trip up north. That’s where he was involved in a head-on crash last week that landed him at EIRMC.
But while Paguio was in a coma, his live-in girlfriend, Julie Wilson, had been selling his clock collection piece by piece.
“And I said, ‘What’s for sale?’ And she said, ‘Everything bare to the wall, but primarily, what are you interested in? ‘ ‘I’m interested in the clocks,'” said Don Boland, an antiques dealer. “‘Me and my friend are interested in the clocks.'”
Boland bought $3,500 worth of timepieces from Wilson.
He showed KXTV News 10 the bill of sale, which identifies Wilson as an “executor” with the full permission of her boyfriend to sell the clocks.
But once Boland found out the backstory, he agreed to sit on the clocks and wait until he is able to speak with Paguio. Now that Paguio is dead, however, it is unknown what will happen to the clocks.
Wilson said she’s given back the money in exchange for the clocks she sold. Those clocks are in storage.
Wilson told KXTV News 10 that she’s struggling with expenses unrelated to Paguio’s hospitalization, and that her boyfriend would understand.