Great Friend Of The BVI, Suresh Dhargalkar, Dies At Age 85

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Road Town, 2002, 10th Annual BVI Stamp Exhibition: Chief Minister Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal and BVI Governor Thomas Macan flank Suresh Dhargalkar LVO RIBA FRPSL at the highly successful and historic event which received rave reviews in The London Times and the Stanley Gibbons Stamps Monthly.

A big friend of the British Virgin Islands departed this life on Maundy Thursday at 85 years of age following a brief illness. Suresh Dhargalkar LVO RIBA FRPSL served Her Majesty The Queen for over forty years in various capacities; his principal role was as Superintending Architect heading a wide range of projects for the Royal Household. This included involvement in the restoration of St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle after the Fire of 1992. In 1996 he joined Keeper of the Royal Collection Charles Goodwyn. He was also responsible for the planning and design of The Stamp Room in St James’ Palace. He worked on many international stamp exhibitions, including The Stamp Show 2000 London. He revealed himself as a philatelic exhibition organizer. In 2002, he travelled to the British Virgin Islands with Caribbean philatelic jewels from Her Majesty’s Collection, including the legendary 1867 “Missing Virgin” error stamp of this British territory. This was the first time such jewel were exhibited in the Americas.The BVI exhibition (the tenth in a series) attracted a huge amount of local and foreign visitors and was held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group held in the BVI. The same year, Suresh created for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II‘s Golden Jubilee an exhibition which travelled in the United Kingdom. In January 2003, when Michael Sefi became Keeper of the Royal Collection, Suresh Dhargalkar was promoted to adjoint of the Keeper.

Suresh described himself as an Architect specialising in Conservation. He worked on many projects in and around London in the course of his career, which included 10 Downing Street, Chelsea Hospital and Greenwich Observatory. As a member of The Egypt Exploration Society he worked with Professor Barry Kemp on The Armana Project in Egypt, chiefly on the reconstruction of the Temple and Palace of Akenatum.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday 22nd April for close family members and a memorial service to celebrate the life of Suresh is to be arranged at a later date.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Instead they asked that a donation be made to https://www.parkinsons.org.uk. A memorial donation in his name may be made online at https://sureshdhargalkar.muchloved.com or by cheque payable to Parkinson’s UK and sent to: Parkinson’s UK, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ.

The publishers, management and staff of The Island Sun and the president of the BVI Philatelic Society, Giorgio Migliavacca, express their deepest sympathies with his son, brothers and sisters, and their families, at this sad time.

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