Bristol, Connecticut – April 12, 2011 - Bristol Hospital recently received a bequest of approximately $105,000 from the Jay and Elizabeth (Winsor) Tyrrell Estate. Mr. and Mrs. Tyrrell were residents of Bristol, and also had a home in Owlshead, Maine. Last year, Mrs. Tyrrell passed away at the age of 90. Her husband Jay had predeceased her by many years.
A renowned watercolor artist whose work was exhibited at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Elizabeth chaired the Bristol School system's art department until her retirement in 1968.
Mrs. Tyrrell was a direct descendent of Roger Sherman, a cobbler, who was one of the five original drafters of the Declaration of Independence, and was a signer of the CT Constitution. Elizabeth’s father, Frank Winsor was a charter member of the Audubon Society.
Carlyle "Hap" Barnes, Bristol Hospital Development Foundation board member visited with the Tyrrell's many years ago to invite them to join the hospital's Legacy Society. It is from that conversation that the Tyrrell’s decided to put the hospital in their estate plans.
"We are so grateful for the Tyrrell's gift,” said Eva Wickwire, Chief Development Officer for the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation. “Their vision and generosity will help provide vital medical care to this community, leaving behind a legacy of caring for others."