Joseph Elias

February 14, 1925February 28, 2018

Joseph Elias, 93, of Jacksonville, passed away on February 28, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. He was born in Boston, MA in 1925. He joined the Navy at seventeen and served his country from 1943 to 1973. He was a submariner for nine years and was on war patrol on the Macabi off the coast of Japan just days before the end of the war. Joseph retired as Master Chief Petty Officer.

After retiring from the Navy, he didn’t want to sell insurance so he started going to college in Jacksonville at JU and UNF, eventually earning five Bachelor degrees. One of the degrees was in Criminal Justice. He then went to work for the Jacksonville Public Defenders Office as an investigator for 25 years. He spent his last nine years as a faithful volunteer at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. He was a member of ST. Paul’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Janet Elias, of Neptune Beach; and his son, Charles Good, of Fernandina Beach and his wife, Monica and their two sons.

Thirty years in the Navy, twenty five years working in the Public Defender’s office and nine years and 11,000 hours as a St. Vincent’s volunteer. He earned his sleep! We loved you and will miss you!

A private ceremony and inurnment will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of BEACHES CHAPEL BY HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 249-2374


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John Garbark

March 7, 2018

I lived next door to Joe in the same apartment complex for many years. He was a great friend and I enjoyed visiting him at St. Vincents hospital while he performed his volunteer work. I was always fascinated by his education; obtaining several degrees. I remember him as a very kind and generous man. I consider it an honor to be his neighbor for so many years. Bravo Joe! Job well done!

Katie Englund

March 4, 2018

Early into my career as a nurse I met Joe. Joe was new at the hospital around the same time, but you couldn't tell. His presence seemed so natural. He would sit by the old pharmacy and smile at every face he saw, it was impossible not to smile back. He spent so much of his time lifting up those around him and I am certain that is exactly how he wanted to spend it. It says so much about his character. I am thankful to have known Joe for these past years and will miss seeing his smile but I find comfort knowing he is finally home.

Dianne Mollica

March 4, 2018

Dear Elias Family,
I am a volunteer at St. Vincents, who saw Joe every weekend, since we were the only 2 on Sundays. I would go to the Cafeteria and report to Joe what the Employee Special was for the day, since the menu only went up to Saturday.
He was faithful to 8:00 AM Sunday Mass, where I sometimes went and saw him. Joe will be missed, because he is a wonderful person, and I feel blessed to have known him, and have another volunteer to briefly chat with each Sunday. I know that God will welcome Joe in heaven, which he so richly deserves. However, I am sorry for your loss, and I know that you, the son, has been very good to Joe during the several years I have known him. Take care, and be assured of my prayers for all of you, and esp. St. Joe. (Now you have a saint in heaven to intercede for help for all of you.) Sincerely, Dianne
P.S. If there is a wake, I will try and get to it, but I'm working during the day, so I may not get to the Mass. (I will pray privately for him.)