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  • Albert Elías, father of Dist. 5 Supervisor Richard Elías, passes away

    Oct 16, 2015 | Read More News
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    albert eliasIt is with great sadness that the Pima County Board of Supervisors, county administration and the employees of Pima County offer their most heartfelt condolences to District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías and his family on the death of Albert M. Elías, Richard’s father.

    Mr. Elías passed away on Oct. 16 after a short illness. He was 86. 
    The Elías’ family roots stretch deep into Tucson’s past. Albert was a fourth-generation Tucsonan, and worked most of his life as a printer. He worked in the family business, El Tucsonense, a Spanish language weekly newspaper, for many years and then was a union printer for Tucson Newspapers Inc. before purchasing a print shop, Old Pueblo Printers, 255 S. Stone Ave., with partner Oscar Araiza in 1966. 

    While printing was his career, he devoted his life to his family and to social justice, worker’s rights, and the International Typographical Union/Communication Workers of America. In 2004, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva honored Mr. Elías with Special Recognition on the House Floor for Mr. Elías’ then 50 years of service to the labor movement and the Typographical Union.
    Mr. Elías was a supporter of César Chávez and worked in the campaigns to elect Arizona’s first Latino governor, Raúl Castro, its first Latino Congressional member, Rep. Ed Pastor, and for Rep. Grijalva’s Congressional campaigns and his son Richard’s campaigns for Supervisor. 

    “The Elías family is one of the great families of Tucson and I grieve with my friend and colleague and with Richard’s entire family. I know Richard was as proud of his father as his father was of him. This is a sad day for the Elías family and for all of Tucson,” said Board Chair Sharon Bronson, who has served on the board with Richard Elías since 2002. 

    Services for Mr. Elías are still being planned. 

    Out of deference to Richard and his family, and for lack of a quorum, (See related Press Release: Sun Corridor, County officials travel to Washington D.C. to seek federal assistance in regional economic development efforts) the Oct. 20 Board of Supervisors meeting has been canceled.