George James Coroneos
October 21, 1925 - July 16, 2017
George James Coroneos passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on July 16, 2017, in Stamford, CT.
Born to Greek immigrant parents in Philadelphia in 1925, Mr. Coroneos and his family survived the dark days of the Great Depression in New York City’s Hells Kitchen. He and his siblings helped the family stay afloat with sewing piecework and odd jobs. He recalled how they would sleep on fire escapes in the sultry heat of a New York summer, and how they watched the great liner, Normandie, keel over in her Hudson River berth.
Mr. Coroneos volunteered for service in World War II, and served with distinction in the Army and Merchant Marines. He participated in the Allied landing in Sicily and recalled witnessing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1944. While in combat, he was shot several times, including in his eye.
After returning to the United States, Mr. Coroneos began what would be a long career in broadcasting and theater. He was a producer of early live-TV shows, such as “Action In The Afternoon,” and also worked as an advertising producer for the “Tonight Show With Jack Paar.” Mr. Coroneos moved into theater management, taking over the operations of theaters such as the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. He moved with his family to Winnipeg, Canada and took over management of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and eventually, and paradoxically, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL team. Eventually, Mr. Coroneos settled in Ohio, where he obtained his Masters degree in Ancient Greek and Roman History, and where he taught television production for many years at Ohio State. Mr. Coroneos also worked with the International Olympic Committee to scout sites for the Olympic games.
Mr. Coroneos spent his later years retired in Ocala, Florida, where he reveled in the sunshine, hang gliding on his eightieth birthday, and in his “new” line of work at a farmer’s market produce stand, where the pay included as many fresh vegetables as he could carry away.
Mr. Coroneos is survived by his two children, Athena Coroneos of Norwalk, CT, and Alexander Coroneos or New York City; and by his sister, Fay Coroneos Lassios, of Southbury, CT. He also leaves his former wife, Mary Simkovich Coroneos, of Norwalk, CT.
May he forever rest in peace with his father, James, and brother, Nicholas, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Queens, NY.
A small church service will be held at the Church Arc Angels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford CT at 930 am this Sunday the 23rd of July. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimers Association (https://alzfdn.org/).