In 1948 he left Cyprus
and served briefly as a war correspondent for a British newspaper during
the first Arab-Israeli war. He then moved to Kano, Nigeria, where he
worked for a Greek entrepreneur. He traveled widely during these years.
After meeting American missionaries in Africa, he moved to Chicago in
1951 to study at the Moody Bible Institute, where he met his wife Jane
Korpinen, both of whom graduated in June 1954. They were married that
year and had six children. Theodore was an independent businessman
throughout most of his adult life, working from their long-time home in
He was an amateur poet in two languages and was regularly published in Cypriot newspapers in his youth. He continued to write poetry into his 90’s. He and Jane were married for 66 years. He leaves her behind, along with a brother Eustace (Dora); sister Anna (Gus); his six children, David (Nancy), Cynthea (John), Pamela, Dawn, Thomas (Rodney), and Yvonne (Guy); seven grandchildren, Janine (Anthony), Robyn (Rick), Claire (Chad), Bethany (Brian), Theodora (Jereme), Cecily, and Theresa; and ten great-grandchildren, Aurélie, Elodie, Charles, Ingrid, Benjamin, John, Rose, Aaron, Jane, and Béatrice. Theodore's family was his greatest joy in life, and he was unfailingly generous to his many descendants. After living in Aurora, IL for 16 years, Ted and Jane recently relocated to MA where they were living with family.
He loved God and served him faithfully, his prayers echoing the cadences of both the Orthodoxy liturgy and the King James Bible, especially Psalm 107: “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” We whom he has left for a time hold him in our hearts and look to the hope of the resurrection.