Ronald Read died in June at the age of 92.
Known for his frugal lifestyle – including his frequent foraging for firewood – no one knew that he was also passionate about picking stocks.
Over the years, the modest World War II veteran, who worked at a gas station for 25 years and as a janitor for another 17, accumulated a fortune worth $8 million.
After his death, Read bequeathed $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2 million to the Brooks Memorial Library. His donations are the largest each institution has ever received.
"This is a substantial amount of money for the hospital to receive," Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Director of Development and Marketing, Gina Pattison told the Brattleboro Reformer. “We are very appreciative of what Mr. Read left. It’s pretty incredible. This is not something that happens on a regular basis.”
"This bequest is incredible. It’s transformative," Brooks Memorial Library Executive Director Jerry Carbone said. “It’s going to reallyRead More »from Frugal Vermont man leaves surprise multimillion-dollar donation to hospital, library