17.6 C
Byron Shire
May 20, 2022

Vale Dr Karel Hromek

Latest News

Richmond candidates 2022: The Greens, Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan needs little introduction to most readers of The Echo, where she has a weekly column. She is a comedian and journalist running as a candidate for The Greens in the federal seat of Richmond.

Other News

Implement reforms

In a recent heart-breaking article in The Saturday Paper discussed a 10-year-old Indigenous child’s incarceration in the notorious Don...

False altar of ‘globalism’

Since moving to Australia in 2007 I have watched nothing but its sacrifice on the false altar of ‘globalism’....

Harm Labor

Much as I respect Richard Jones’ opinions on many things, I can’t agree with his conclusion last week (‘Election...

SCU to house temporary accommodation for flood-affected residents

Temporary homes will be located at Southern Cross University (SCU) Lismore Campus as part of the NSW government's program to provide 800 temporary housing options for flood-affected people.

Secret agreements and done deals

Government and Byron Council refuse to explain details around temporary accommodation plans

What happens after two years?

The recent floods have left many people homeless. Trying to address this problem, local councils have waived some of...

Dr Karel Hromek. Photo supplied

Karel Oldrich Hromek was born to French and Czech parents, Christiane Brossier and Oldrich Hromek, on 17 March 1952 in Sydney. With no money Christiane and Oldrich made an epic journey hitchhiking across Europe, the Middle East and Asia to Vietnam where they were evacuated from the war, ending up in Carnarvon, WA. From there they hitchhiked to Perth across the Nullabor Plain, which was just a dirt track through the desert. They arrived in Sydney and shortly after Karel was born. They left Paris dreaming they could get rich by picking up the gold that was obviously lying around in Australia and then the USA, but Karel’s birth forever spoiled their onward travel plans, something he and all the family have been grateful for.

Karel’s younger sister, Dominique, joined them and they were a tight unit by virtue of being from ‘somewhere else’. Twenty years later Karel found his soul place at Boogarem, the farm with the waterfall, in the hills of Mullumbimby. He brought with him his new wife, Robyn, whom he met at the UNSW while studying microbiology, and daughter Daniele. The family soon expanded with Siâan and then Michael joining them. Karel discovered the challenges of banana farming, and so went back to university to study medicine in Newcastle.

After his studies, Karel returned to the Far North Coast and established general practice clinics in Byron Bay, then Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores, practising medicine for 35 years. During this period Karel became involved in integrative approaches to health, wellbeing and nutrition. Karel taught, lectured and authored three books, creating the foundations for this knowledge in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and India. In 2010 Karel married Ann Mary and was very devoted to her.

Karel was both a deep thinker and a dad jokester with a huge heart. He was arguably The Beatles’ greatest fan and loved playing and singing music. Karel also loved soccer, both watching, playing and coaching, and was a life member of Byron Bay FC.

Sadly Karel’s enormous heart had no beats left and on 14 April 2022 he left this plane for the next. Karel is always in the hearts of his sister Dominique, his children Danièle, Siân and Michael, many treasured friends, and his beloved furry companion, Bentley.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The protest vote

Uncanny that in this federal election, in Richmond as elsewhere, the freedom/protest vote parties just about all preference the National or Liberal candidate. To...

Inflated Scomo

During his term, Scomo made plenty of decisions that helped lead us to the inflation we face today. When he says we should not...

Our sitting member

The sitting member for Richmond, Labor’s Justine Elliott, is aptly named because, as far as I have seen, that’s all she’s done for the...

Bittersweet announcement about koalas

Bitter in its necessity and sweet in the action it might prompt, it has been announced today that koalas have been listed as Endangered under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.