Harry Theo another ‘character’ lost

The 1964 Stanthorpe Rugby League Team - winners of the St George Cup. The late Harry Theo centre of pic wearing shoulder pads.

By Casey O'Connor

Some of the older brigade of ex football players and supporters will be sadden to learn of the death last week of former Stanthorpe player Harry Theo.

Harry was the brother of Billy Theo owner of the legendary Regal Cafe in Stanthorpe and was more than a hand rugby League player. He was a member of the 1964 St George Cup winning Stanthorpe side (pictured)coached by Bob Cook.

I can vividly recall as a young bloke watching a Houghton Cup final at the Warwick Showground where Harry starred. Cars around the oval had their head lights on as the winter afternoon closed in and in a thrilling finish Harry plucked the ball out of the air running the length of the field to score a pretty spectacular intercept try and win Stanthorpe the game.

Harry was well known and liked across the region during his playing days and beyond. He left the district and moved to Deepwater where he ran a Cafe to rival the Regal (well almost). He was well respected and always up for a yarn and a laugh in those days if anyone from Stanthorpe or Warwick stopped in Deepwater.

Harry who was buried on Tuesday in the Tweed Valley is survived by a son and two daughters and

will be fondly remembered by many of my vintage or a little older.