Museum Curator Leaves A Legacy

John Shephard was a shy and quiet man happy to spend his time among the historicalJohn Shephard (2) exhibits of the museum he so tirelessly curated.  Fond of reading and classical music, Mr. Shephard lived a quiet and simple life centered around the arts and the museum that he loved.  What few people knew was that Mr. Shephard had another hobby that paid off quite well; namely saving and investing his money.  Upon his death in 2003, it was no surprise that Mr. Shephard left his substantial life savings to the museum.  Apparently,  his estate was so substantial that the museum was able to transfer a portion of the funds to a local foundation to help the community as a whole.  Another inspiring story to add to our Surprise Millionaire collection!

Aberdeen Scotland Does It Again!

jean-alexander-image (2)The Surprise Millionaires from Aberdeen(shire) Scotland just keep on coming! I have now learned about Jean Alexander, a retired midwife and newborn health visitor who left an impressive 1.6 million pound estate to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Scotland in honor of her late mother. The MS Society reports that they hope to use part of the donation to develop a program to assist caregivers of loved ones with MS just like Jean was at one time. A Surprise Millionaire leaves a powerful gift to help those who find themselves in one of life’s greatest challenges, what could be more wonderful than that?

Waldemar Kaminski of Buffalo

Some of you might remember the little man at the corner store, Leonard Gigowski, the Milwaukee resident with the amazing knack for growing and maintaining wealth. Well, I was amazed when I recently found another story about a Surprise Millionaire who lived an almost identical life!  Buffalo’s Waldemar Kaminski was also the sole proprietor of a corner store just like Mr. Gigowski, both men were butchers by trade,  unmarried and of polish heritage. But most importantly, both men exhibited the Surprise Millionaire virtues of frugality and consistent, long-term investing. It should also be noted that both men loved their respective communities and wanted to leave a lasting legacy which they both did in amazing ways!

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