Not any more

RIP ~ LARGE, Violet Lillian — 79, Lower Truro, passed away peacefully

In Canada on July 18, 2011 at 20:36

Need more people like this Canadian.

You can read Patricia Brooks’ full article here ~

A Nova Scotia woman whose tale of generosity touched millions around the world has died.

Violet Large, 79, passed away Saturday in Colchester Regional Hospital after a battle with ovarian cancer.

The Lower Truro woman and her husband Allen Large became household names not for their July 2010 lottery win, but for what they did with the millions they received.

Despite their windfall, the retired couple continued to drive their old car and truck, and lived comfortably in their 147-year-old farmhouse.

And they gave away almost all of the $11.2 million they won.

“What you’ve never had, you never miss,” Violet told The Chronicle Herald in November.

The couple quietly donated to hospitals in Truro and Halifax where Violet, who had been diagnosed a few months before the win, underwent cancer treatment. They also gave to family members, churches, cemeteries, fire departments, the Victorian Order of Nurses, Home and School Association, Red Cross, SPCA, War Amps and many other organizations.

The couple wouldn’t say how much they donated to each group, but they kept giving until there was nothing left but a small percentage — about two per cent — to keep their home running.

When the story of the couple’s kindness broke, interview requests poured in from the U.S. and the U.K. But the couple didn’t understand the fuss.

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