Louis John Elia, 78, died on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in Naples, Florida with his wife and daughter by his side following a long illness with Parkinsonâ€™s Disease.
He was born March 17, 1935 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Wanda Dukich and Raymond J. Blair Sr.Â His birth father Louis J. Elia Sr. died in 1944 in World War II, in Normandy, France, when he was 9.Â
Lou was a 1952 graduate of St. Marys High School and married his high school sweetheart, Myrna M. Wickett, with whom he has been married for 62 loving and adventurous years.Â When they first started dating he would pick her up on his horse.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1958 and had a long career as a stock broker and branch manager for Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney Shearson and retiring from Raymond Jamesin in Naples, Florida in 2009. Lou and Myrna lived in Camp Hill for over 20 years and relocated to Naples, Fla. in 1987. Lou had a big personality, a lot of hobbies and was very physically active until Parkinsonâ€™s disease slowed him down.Â He was an avid pilot and used to fly his plane to see his family in St. Marys when he lived in Camp Hill. He was very athletic and began running marathons at the age of 51 and had finished seven New York City Marathons as well as many other marathons and half marathons.Â He took his love of sailing from lakes of Pennsylvania to the Gulf of Mexico. He also loved nature from walking or riding motorcycles through the woods to canoeing in the mangroves in Florida looking for alligators. He loved to sing and dance.Â He was a collector.Â He was a judge for the Miss Junior Miss Pageant in PA and had a weekly TV spot on the nightly news in Harrisburg, PA with a stock market report.Â He was well known for giving huge bear hugs.Â He was beloved by his family, friends, caregivers and all who knew him.Â
In addition to his wife, Myrna, Lou is survived by a son L. John Elia and his wife Vicki of Dana Point, Calif.; his daughter Celeste Elia Wecker and her husband Jeffrey Wecker of Greenwich, Conn.; four grandchildren, Orvil (Lacie) Elia, Patrick (Veronica) Elia, Serena Wecker and Somer Wecker; and two great grandchildren: Alex and Zoey Elia.Â Lou is also survived by his brother Raymond J. Blair and his wife Donna of St. Marys.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Louis J. Elia will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, Pa. with Rev. Richard Allen, pastor, as celebrant.Â Burial will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.Â
Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, on Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md. 21741
Lynch-Green Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreenFuneralHome.com