George Elias passed away in the early hours of June 1 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 93 years old.
George is survived by his loving wife, Sue. He is survived by his children: Kristine and her partner Mary, Richard and his wife Joyce, and his son-in law Carl. He is survived by his five grandchildren: Darcy and her husband Michael, Matthew and his wife Christine, Dana and her fiance John, Richie and his wife Sarah, and Robin her husband Rich; and his seven great-grandchildren: Ella, Elise, Elias, Dylan, Jake, Logan, and Alex.
George was married for 70 years; he valued marriage and family. George fell in love with Sue as a teenager at Hartley Farm, a camp he attended for many summers of his youth. In the summers of his adulthood, he hosted his family at his house on Chazy Lake, where George cooked meals and taught the kids to fish.
George was a lifelong learner and a professional educator. For more than 20 years George taught Social Students and became an assistant principal at Frances Scott Key Junior High School, PS 117, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. In his retirement, George was committed to acquiring knowledge. He read widely and traveled globally with Sue at his side.
George was civic-minded and intellectual. He was a strong voice in all of the neighborhoods of his life: Magnolia Heights in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Chazy Lake, N.Y.; Lincoln Park, N.J.; and Manhattan, N.Y. He was passionate about making communities safe. The Magnolia Heights neighborhood can thank George for the current 25 mile hour speed limit on 34th Avenue North.
George served in the 20th Air Force in World War II. He flew a B29 as a middle gunner over Japan. He loved to fly. George was a leader in the service and a leader socially. He was dedicated to his country, his communities, and his family.
George Elias was loved and admired. He will be deeply missed.
Published on June 6, 2017