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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian teacher who lived a frugal life but gave large, anonymous donations to people in need, has left a C$4.3 million ($3.8 million) fortune to an environmental charity.

Roberta Langtry, 89, kept her wealth a secret until her death last year. The Toronto woman had worked as an elementary school teacher and speech therapist for 55 years, quietly amassing millions, mainly from financial investments.

"She was friends with all her neighbors and they loved her but had no idea she had two nickels to rub together," Robert Borden, her executor and long-time friend, said on Friday.

Borden, who became Langtry's financial adviser in 1973, said the retired teacher had been deeply environmentally conscious and incredibly frugal.

She once urged Borden to invest in a company that made plastic picnic tables in the hope that they would take off, curbing the need for wooden ones and helping save trees.

And she did not hesitate to fire off complaints to environmental groups whose newsletters were a little too polished: "They didn't need to be that flashy, that was her opinion," he said.

Borden also sent hefty checks to people Langtry thought needed the money, often devising elaborate ruses to ensure the recipient never discovered who it came from.

Langtry lived with an aunt who passed away in the early 1990s and left her the modest bungalow the two had shared.

She bought shares of International Business Machines Corp. in the 1950s and built on her wealth with savvy but conservative stock and bond investments.

"We did very well together from a financial standpoint," Borden said. "She was very well versed and interested in financial things. She would hear something, read something and she would call me and say: 'Now Bob, what do you think of this?' "

The Nature Conservancy of Canada, which announced the bequest on Friday, said the money would be used to support wetland conservation, among other projects.

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well, good for her! I think people of that generation understand how to live frugally and still have a life. If you follow. Most people these days don't. They have to have all the shinies and biggest and bestest, and all they leave behind is a pile of unused toys, and a hole in the ozone. We should all think about leaving such a legacy.

That said, I wonder if my Grandmother knew this lady? My Grandma is/was a teacher in Toronto, and for a time was also a principal, and of course a member of the Teacher's Associations.


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It's her money, but what a dumbass.

What? Why, because she chose to give it to a charity?


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It's her money, but what a dumbass.

What? Why, because she chose to give it to a charity?

She didn't have any family or friends who needed the money more than some charity?

apparently not...and just because she might have family or friends doesn't necessarily mean they automatically deserved it ;)


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It's her money, but what a dumbass.

What? Why, because she chose to give it to a charity?

She didn't have any family or friends who needed the money more than some charity?

apparently not...and just because she might have family or friends doesn't necessarily mean they automatically deserved it ;)

Ok, so she's a selfish dumbass then.


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It's her money, but what a dumbass.

What? Why, because she chose to give it to a charity?

She didn't have any family or friends who needed the money more than some charity?

apparently not...and just because she might have family or friends doesn't necessarily mean they automatically deserved it ;)

Ok, so she's a selfish dumbass then.

Yer just cranky you didn't know her ;)


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Yer just cranky you didn't know her ;)

Wouldn't have made any difference.

No-one even knew she was rich -- she kept it secret from everyone she knew. Why?

Because she's a selfish b*tch who didn't give a ####### about anyone else, only her

"noble cause".


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Yer just cranky you didn't know her ;)

Wouldn't have made any difference.

No-one even knew she was rich -- she kept it secret from everyone she knew. Why?

Because she's a selfish b*tch who didn't give a ####### about anyone else, only her

"noble cause".

Living a frugal life is hardly selfish.

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Yer just cranky you didn't know her ;)

Wouldn't have made any difference.

No-one even knew she was rich -- she kept it secret from everyone she knew. Why?

Because she's a selfish b*tch who didn't give a ####### about anyone else, only her

"noble cause".

Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.


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Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.

Well Cassie how would you feel if it was your own mother who turned out to be a millionaire

and donated all her money to a Steven and Jinky Global Warming Research Foundation

instead of giving it to you knowing full well how you struggle to make that mortgage payment

each month (for example) or to put some grub on the dinner table?


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Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.

Well Cassie how would you feel if it was your own mother who turned out to be a millionaire

and donated all her money to a Steven and Jinky Global Warming Research Foundation

instead of giving it to you knowing full well how you struggle to make that mortgage payment

each month (for example) or to put some grub on the dinner table?

Just like that old selfish woman on Titanic who threw the damned stone overboard knowing full well her niece was there searching and combing the ocean for the very same thing

:yes:

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Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.

Well Cassie how would you feel if it was your own mother who turned out to be a millionaire

and donated all her money to a Steven and Jinky Global Warming Research Foundation

instead of giving it to you knowing full well how you struggle to make that mortgage payment

each month (for example) or to put some grub on the dinner table?

Here's the address:

S & J Global Warming Foundation

PO Box 753

Guadalajara, Mexico 4000

Make check payable to Pablo Francisco

Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.

Well Cassie how would you feel if it was your own mother who turned out to be a millionaire

and donated all her money to a Steven and Jinky Global Warming Research Foundation

instead of giving it to you knowing full well how you struggle to make that mortgage payment

each month (for example) or to put some grub on the dinner table?

Just like that old selfish woman on Titanic who threw the damned stone overboard knowing full well her niece was there searching and combing the ocean for the very same thing

:yes:

Ah yes...so much for placing sentimental value over material worth.

"The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

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Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.

Well Cassie how would you feel if it was your own mother who turned out to be a millionaire

and donated all her money to a Steven and Jinky Global Warming Research Foundation

instead of giving it to you knowing full well how you struggle to make that mortgage payment

each month (for example) or to put some grub on the dinner table?

Here's the address:

S & J Global Warming Foundation

PO Box 753

Guadalajara, Mexico 4000

Make check payable to Pablo Francisco

Why? Because some people, when hearing that someone has money, come begging with their hands out. Who wants that hassle? My family are good friends with a wonderful elderly couple whose only child passed away in her 30's due to breast cancer. They have told me that the only time they hear from family members (neices and nephews) is when they come asking for stuff, usually cash. So they have focused their energies on giving their extra to worthy charities, who would be infinitely more grateful for the assistance than their relatives.

Well Cassie how would you feel if it was your own mother who turned out to be a millionaire

and donated all her money to a Steven and Jinky Global Warming Research Foundation

instead of giving it to you knowing full well how you struggle to make that mortgage payment

each month (for example) or to put some grub on the dinner table?

Just like that old selfish woman on Titanic who threw the damned stone overboard knowing full well her niece was there searching and combing the ocean for the very same thing

:yes:

Ah yes...so much for placing sentimental value over material worth.

"The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

I knew you'd romanticise that, lol

imagine how many hungry people it coulda fed? Try feeding people sentiment, see how filling that is ;)

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