Man leaves millions to Vermont town

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VERMONT – A man in Vermont has left several million dollars to a library and hospital in the town of Brattleboro.

Ronald Read left $4.8 million to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and another $1.2 million to the  Brooks Memorial Library when he died in June. He was 92. Neither institution has ever received such a generous gift.

Residents of the town are baffled as Read is known for frugally foraging for firewood.

He served in World War II before coming home in 1945. He worked at a service station for nearly 25 years, then at JC Penney until 1997.

Read’s lawyer says he had two hobbies: cutting firewood and picking stocks. She says over time, his investments “grew substantially.”