Banker Bequeaths $3.5 million for Hometown to Spend on FLOWERS

I was going to say something sarcastic about this. Something about all the hungry people that need food and how the money could have been put into cancer or HIV research bla bla bla.

On second thoughts though, most of us never give a moment’s thought to the intense peace and beauty only nature brings. We don’t really bother with nurturing any of these wonderful God given elements.

May God rest his soul in peace.

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Crews are planning to plant the first installment — $260,000 of daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses spread over 50 sites.

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Keith Owen, 69, was divorced and childless — so he left his fortune to the seaside town he loved so much.

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Keith Owen, 69, was divorced and childless — so he left his fortune to the seaside town he loved so much.

A British seaside town is in for a colorful boost — after a generous banker left it $3.5 million in his will to spend on flowers.

Keith Owen, 69, was so besotted with the picturesque Devon resort of Sidmouth that after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer he handed his estate over to its civic society.

Crew from the Sidmouth Garden Centre in Devon plan to plant thousands of bulbs with the money the generous ex-pat left behind.

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Crew from the Sidmouth Garden Centre in Devon plan to plant thousands of bulbs with the money the generous ex-pat left behind.

He instructed the money should remain invested and its $180,000 annual interest used to keep the town “beautiful.”

Owen was very clear that the money he left should remain invested and its $180,000 annual interest used to beautify the town.

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Owen was very clear that the money he left should remain invested and its $180,000 annual interest used to beautify the town.

Owen was born in nearby Totnes but left Britain in 1976. He made his fortune in Canada but often returned to Sidmouth where his mom lived.

There's no doubt the British seaside town left a lasting impression on him.

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There’s no doubt the British seaside town left a lasting impression on him.

The divorced man had no children and died five years ago. But the money is only trickling through now due to strict inheritance laws for expats.

The Mirror reports that the first wave of planting — worth a staggering $260,000 — will take place in October.

Daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses will be spread over 50 sites.

“He was clearly very kind. He loved Sidmouth so much he wanted to ensure it could be preserved,” said Sid Vale Association president Rev Handel Bennett.

 

 

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