Mangaluru, January 11, 2018: City based businessman and a former trustee of Sri Venkatramana Temple, Car Street Surathkal Balachandra Kamath passed away this afternoon following terminal illness. He was aged 57 years. He passed away at 1:00 p.m. at KMC Hospital, Ambedkar Circle, where he had been undergoing palliative care. For over two decades he had been harbouring a benign tumour of the optic nerve, which turned malignant about one year back.
Born on 31st August 1960 he was the fifth son of late Surathkal Ganesh Kamath and late Girija Kamath. He was educated at Canara High School Main and Canara College.
Surathkal Balachandra Kamath was a self made man, who found success in timber trade and as a civil contractor. He started his career executing major construction works for Canara High School and its associate institutions. Later he ventured into municipal civil contracts and road work.
He had served as a trustee of Sri Venkatramana Temple, Car Street from 2003 to 2005 and the temple renovation project was initiated during his term. He had also served as a trustee of his Kuladevatha shrine Shree Mahaganapathi Mahamaya Temple, Shirali and was a managing committee member of Surathkal branch of Shree Kashi Math. For the last 25 years, he used to religiously go to Mumbai as a volunteer for the famous GSB Seva Mandal’s Ganeshotsava celebrations, where he oversaw the VIP food distribution.
He is survived by his wife Chandrika and two children, son Vinayak and daughter Vijayalaxmi. He has 6 surviving siblings too. Last rites will be performed at his residence ‘Ganesh Kripa’, near Bokkapatna School in the city at 8:00 p.m.