Geoffrey Holt was the unassuming caretaker of a mobile home park in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, where he lived a simple, but curious life. He did odd jobs for others, but rarely left town. Despite having taught driver’s ed to high schoolers, he had given up driving a car. His mobile home in the park was mostly empty of furniture. He had no TV and no computer. The legs of the bed went through the floor. “He seemed to have what he wanted, but he didn’t want much,” said Edwin Smith, Holt’s best friend and former employer. But Holt died earlier this year with a secret: He was a multimillionaire. And what’s more, he gave it all away to the community of 4,200 people. $3.8 million to the town of Hinsdale to benefit the community in the areas of education, health, recreation and culture. Holt’s sister, 81-year-old Alison Holt of Laguna Woods, California, said she knew her brother invested and remembered that not wasting money and investing were important to their father.
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