The common wisdom is that it is the quiet ones that you have to watch but that doesn’t necessarily mean something bad is going to happen if a quiet person is around.
For a good number of people it’s just a side effect from being an introverted person. For a man named Alan Naiman, his silence was a veil that hid exactly how generous of a man he was.
Had he not passed away people may have never known exactly how charitable he was but now all of his good deeds are coming to the surface and he is now being recognized for his contributions to those that are less fortunate.
Naiman grew up in Seattle, Washington, and that’s where he spent most of his life. According to WLS-TV, he had an older brother with a developmental disability who passed away in 2013, but everyone around him knew how much Naiman loved his brother.
“Growing up as a kid with an older, disabled brother kind of colored the way he looked at things,” his friend Susan Madsen said.
Naiman went to both the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound, studying business and getting his MBA. He never married and he never had children, but that didn’t mean he didn’t connect with the people around him.
He cared very deeply for those in dire straits, especially the underprivileged and forgotten. He became a foster parent, mentored kids and joined Child Protective Services.
He had different gigs over his lifetime, including being a banker, working with the Department of Social Health Services and doing various side jobs whenever he could. No one knew how much money he was sitting on, because he didn’t lead an affluent lifestyle.