Pune, March 21: Innovator of the world-famous delicacy Bakarwadi and the founder of Chitale Milk Brand-Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale- Raghunathrao Bhaskarrao Chitale passed away after a brief illness on Sunday in Pune. He was 95. He is survived by two sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Born in a small village in Satara district on Oct 22, 1920, he belonged to the Limb Gove village. He came to Pune and joined his father's milk business. In 1950s, he created the brand of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale. He was also involved in starting various social and educational institutions.
Chitale continued his private milk business with crores of rupees of turnover even when the state of Maharashtra gave boost to cooperatives. He also headed the Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, which has statewide educational institutions including Ruia College, Sir Parshurambhau College and others for 12 years and was member of its governing council for three decades in addition to being a member for four decades.
He was also the founder or starting member of Rotary Club of Pune South and Chitpavan Sangh, Grahak Peth in Pune and Janata Sahakari Bank. The Maharashtra Medical Foundation, which has its own Joshi hospital was also headed by him.
He was a samaritan and had donated money to Koteshwar Devsthan in his native village as well as for building a Bhakta Niwas for devotees who visit Amba Jogai temple. Big shots from educational fields, sweet mart owners and temple trusts paid their last respects to him.