Very sad news: Gary Brown has passed away
Gary was a well-known philatelist all over the world, having been a philatelic exhibitor since the 1980s and a collector all his life. He was an FIP juror in Traditional and Postal History with a number of international qualified exhibits that have included Aden Postal History, for which he won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Sharjah 2012. He collected British Commonwealth for 35 years, and then moved on to Natal, South African telegrams and the states of Northern Africa before getting into cricket on stamps.
Gary runned his family’s business in making “Platypus brand” cricket balls and that’s why he collected Cricket as a theme on stamps as well as an Open Philately Exhibit.
He was currently Chairman of the FIP Literature Commission, International Officer of the Australian Philatelic Federation, President of the Royal Philatelic Society Victoria, Editor of the APF News, the Magazine of the Australian Philatelic Federation, amongst other tasks.
He was always kind and ready to support the colleagues.
Rest in peace such wonderful person and great philatelist.