Belagavi, Oct 3 : Centenarian philatelist Krishna Gopalkrishna Kadekodi passed away early Thursday at his residence in Belagavi. He was 102 and expired around 2.30 am.
He was one of the famous Philatelists in the state and was survived by three sons and a daughter. According to family sources, he was the senior employee of Revenue department.
Kadekodi collected rare stamps and he owned the first Victoria stamp of 1854 and had a collection of stamps released till very recently. On his 90th birthday United States had released 41 cents stamp in his honor.
He was recipient of Gold Medal from Government of India for having unique collection stamps of Mahatma Gandhi released by 64 countries and has chronological record. He visited schools, colleges and many other education intuitions and made aware the students about the importance of stamp and coin collections.
Gold Mohar of East India company, note and coins released by British Empire since 1835 to 1947 were his precious possession. He collected thousand types of notes and coins during his period and his wish to establish a museum of antics, philatelic notes and coins remains unfulfilled.
Belagavi Philatelic Bureau in charge and senior postal officer Dharmendra Joy said that he founded the Philatelic and Currency collectors Association in Belagavi. He was honored by Belagavi head post office during this period, he said.Kadekodi was the man behind releasing commemorative stamp of Great Warrior Kittur Rani Channamma, he added.(UNI)