It's not every day someone's estate plan makes the news, but Ronald Read's bequest caught a Vermont town by surprise. As a former gas station attendant and janitor, often described as holding his coat together with safety pins, Mr. Read unexpectedly left $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, as well as $1.2 million to Brooks Memorial Library. What the world did not know about Mr. Read was his talent for the stock market. With such a large inheritance at stake it's great to know Mr. Read covered all his bases with what was surely a well thought out estate plan.
Read more about Ronald Reads interesting life here at the Associated Press.