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submitted by George Poulos on 28.09.2005

Theo Corones. His life. 1926-1998.

Theo Corones. His life. 1926-1998. - Theo in 20'sSMALL

As a young man in his 20's. Taken whilst he was acting as a groomsman at his Uncle Dimitri's wedding.

Theothosios Triunduphilos Koroneos, Theo Corones, was born in Karavas, Kythera, on the 29th January 1926.

He died in the North Queensland coastal town of Bargara, on the 13th September 1998.

His parents were Triunduphilos Theothosios Koroneos Belos from Karavas, and Georgia Koroneos (nee, Mentis), also from Karavas.

His paternal grandparents were Theothosios Koroneos, and Stamatiki Koroneos.

He attended school in Karavas until the age of 12, at which time he emigrated to Australia.

Theothosios Koroneos - Theo Corones - was sponsored to Australia, as a youth, by his maternal uncle George Coroneos, and aunty Georgia, later of Beverley Hills.

As a youth - (14, 15 years of age) - he displayed a talent for art. He obtained an Art Diploma by correspondence. And he had drawings published in Sydney newspapers, including a memorable portrait of Winston Churchill.

He lost a leg to an infection in his early twenties.

Part of his rehabilitation involved art therapy. He later became quite a famous artist in "Kytherian" circles.

Losing a leg "embittered" him to a significant degree; although he never lost his sense of humour, and sense of "fun".

His disability also limited his options for employment. Eventually he chose a career driving cabs.

He settled in Sydney, and drove cabs for many decades, before attempting later in life to re-establish himself in Karavas, Kythera.

He returned to Australia, and retired to the North Queensland coastal town of Bargara.

Theo in retirement in Bargara. Rainbow lorikeets in hand

Theo had a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. He was a "soft-hearted" man. He was extremely good with children and animals. (As the particular picture above attests. The rainbow lorikeets in the picture are "wild".)

As a child, and throughout my life, it always made me feel good to be around him.

My brother Phillip, and many of my cousins, including George Krithari, and his sister Ioanna (now, Armenis), and Betty Coroneos, (now, York) - shared this deep fascination with him.

Despite being the opposite of the quintissential "solid", business-oriented Kytherian prototype; which all good Kytherians were meant to aspire to - he commanded a great deal of affection from many Kytherians, and many Australians, of all ages.

Theo, in 1931, as a 6 year old, alongside his mother, and two sisters

Theo as a groomsman at his Uncle Dimitri's wedding

Theo, in 1960, at age 35, alongside his brothers and sisters

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