Dobri Dobrev | 2/13/2018 | Staff
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For the association football player, see Dobri Dobrev (footballer).

Dobri Dimitrov Dobrev (Bulgarian: Добри Димитров Добрев, 20 July 1914 – 13 February 2018), better known as Grandpa Dobri, Elder Dobri (Bulgarian: дядо Добри, translit. Dyado Dobri) or The Saint of Bailovo,[1] was a Bulgarian ascetic who walked over 20 kilometers each day to sit or stand in front of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia to collect money for charitable causes. Dobrev donated all the money he collected to charities, orphanages, churches and monasteries and he turned 100 in July 2014.[2] In Bulgarian, his name translates as "good" or "kind".


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Dobrev was born 20 July 1914 in the village of Bailovo. His father died in World War I and his mother had to raise their children by herself. Dobrev does not remember his youth and school years. He decided to marry around 1940, which is around when Bulgaria joined World War II. In one of the bombings of Sofia a bomb fell near him and he lost almost all...
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