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April 15, 2016

Reclusive, Small-Town Barber Leaves $1.4 Million to Library

A reclusive barber from the small town of Athol, Mass., left a $1.4 million gift to the local library in honor of his wife, who was a regular visitor, reports the Boston Globe. The donor, Anthony Ralys, who died two years ago at age 89, never spoke to anyone who worked at the library about the donation and was never involved in its affairs, library officials said.

The donation, which was announced last week, must be used for “renovations, additions, or building improvements,” according to the Globe. The library plans to honor Mr. Ralys and his wife, Katherine, who died in 2002, with a plaque.