‘Very Frugal’ Military Vet Who Lived Modestly Donates Entire Secret $37 Million Fortune to Charity

A Pennsylvania World War II veteran who lived modestly surprised his community when he left his $37 million fortune to a Pittsburgh charity when he died, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Raymond Suckling, a mechanical engineer, hid much of his vast fortune when he lived.

Friends say he drove a Subaru and liked to eat at White Castle.

Even his closest friends had no idea that by the time he died at 93 in 2014 that he had accumulated a fortune from money he inherited from his family and his investments.

Suckling arranged for $37.1 million to be donated to the Pittsburgh Foundation upon his death. The charity announced the donation, the second largest in the charity’s history, on Wednesday.

At Suckling’s request, the money will go to benefit the local health system, the local public library, and a number of nonprofits and programs that aid low-income families in the Sewickley area.

“This is an extraordinary bequest from a truly extraordinary man,” foundation president Maxwell King told the Post-Gazette.

“In an age of pretension that’s often self-aggrandizing, he was the opposite,” he added.

“He invested wisely, was unassuming and very frugal,” said the foundation’s vice president, Yvonne Maher.