By Barb Rayner
$50,000 US – A surprise bequest of $50,000 (US) from a former resident will give a big boost to the Florence Hegan Spinney Scholarship Fund in New Brunswick.
Retired elementary teacher Bev Ingram explained that Spinney was a long-time kindergarten teacher in the town, fondly remembered by many Eastern Charlotte residents who received their early childhood education through her love and devotion.
Following Spinney’s death, she said a group of people whose children had attended her kindergarten decided to do something for her related to education.
They held fundraising fashion shows for several years and when she met Spinney’s son, Norval Winston Hegan, he donated $250 to add to the scholarship fund, said Ingram. Hegan died in San Diego, CA last August, just a few weeks shy of his 80th birthday.
Eventually, as the funds dwindled, it became a named sub-fund of the Eastern Charlotte Scholarship Fund, which is held by Fundy Community Foundation and provides scholarships to Fundy High students furthering their education at university or college.
Then out of the blue, Ingram received a large brown envelope in the mail from a lawyer in California, which contained a copy of Hegan’s will – the first item was a $50,000 bequest to the scholarship fund established in memory of his mother.
“I am very appreciative. I contacted Fundy Community Foundation and the money will be invested and just the principle used. When the scholarship fund got so small, it was grouped with others,” says Ingram.
FCF, a Canadian public charitable foundation, is also recognized as a charity through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, explains Executive Director Sandy Thurber, so FCF was able to facilitate the cross-border bequest to provide tax benefit for the estate.
Barb Rayner is a reporter with The Saint Croix Courier, and a former Director with Fundy Community Foundation. This story was first published in The Saint Croix Courier http://stcroixcourier.ca/