November 13, 1916 - January 20, 2017
“Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Oldest licensed master plumber in the State of CT.”
Mr. Samuel Elia, 100, of Waterbury, passed away on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Marguerite (Insero) Elia, his wife of 73 years before her passing in 2013.
Samuel was born in Waterbury on November 13, 1916, son of the late Giuseppe and Filomena (Ricci) Elia. Sam was a proud citizen of the City of Waterbury where he attended public schools, worked at Waterbury Manufacturing Company, later Chase Brass and Copper, before launching his own business; Elia Brothers Oil. In 1945 he began Sam Elia Plumbing and Heating which he would operate well into his 90's. Sam always considered himself blessed by God to have had a successful business, a family he was proud of, many good friends, and great neighbors. Sam loved to work and help people. He appreciated all of his customers who he called friends. Sam was a Roman Catholic and very active in St Lucy's Church. Sam had a passion for sports, especially baseball, attending numerous Yankee games, was proud to have seen Babe Ruth play several times, attend the 1956 World Series and witness the perfect game, and to have had personal encounters with many players, umpires, and officials. Sam celebrated his 100th birthday in November with a party at his home. He enjoyed Christmas dinner with his family where he led the family in saying grace and giving thanks to God for his many blessings. He passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side. Sam wishes to especially thank his daughter Elaine, granddaughter in law Karen, his family, neighbors, and the nurses and healthcare workers from Vitas Healthcare and Visiting Angles for helping him through his time of need.
He leaves behind two children; Frederick J. Elia and his wife Janet of Sarasota, FL, his daughter; Elaine Leary of Waterbury, CT. He also leaves his four grandchildren; Elizabeth (Elia) Higgins and her husband Bill of Kingwood Texas, John J Leary and his wife Karen of Southington, CT, Frederick J Elia Jr and his wife Ginny of Tampa FL, and David Elia of Tampa FL, and eight great grandchildren; Lauren and Matthew Leary of Southington, CT, Billy, Casey, Ryan and Darien Higgins of Texas, and Ricky and Tommy Elia of Tampa FL. He was predeceased by his brother; Angelo Elia and his three sisters, Rose Giampietro, Theresa Caine and Marie Holloway.
Arrangements: Funeral will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, to St. Lucy’s Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. Burial will follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday evening.
Memorial donations can in Sam’s Memory to:
Boy Scout Troop 3
Waterbury CT c/o John Leary
244 Hart Street
Southington, CT 06489
For more info or to send e-condolences visit: www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com