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Everyone thought he was nearly destitute, when in reality he was a frugal Yankee: VT man left $6 million to his town's library and hospital.

"About 10 years ago Dummerston resident Ruth Marx knitted a hat for Ronald Read because she thought the modest and simple Read could use some extra help to make it through the winter. Read was careful with his money, Marx said, and she would see him looking for downed wood on a parcel of land in Dummerston across the street from her where Read's family once lived.... Read died June 2, 2014 at the age of 92, and when he died he had stock holdings and property valued at almost than $8 million, most of which was left to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Brooks Memorial Library." -- Howard Weiss-Tisman, the Brattleboro Reformer

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