Ronald F. Elias, 82, of North Smithfield, passed away unexpectedly on May 3, 2018. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late George and Louise (Joseph) Elias, and a North Smithfield resident for more than 50 years. He was the husband of Juliette (Binette) Elias. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Israni and son-in-law, Vinod Israni, and two grandsons, Rohan and Ajay Israni, all of Greenville; two sisters, Joanne and her husband Dr. Mario DiNunzio of North Smithfield and Carole Whiteley of Blackstone, MA, and many nieces and nephews.
He was a 1954 graduate of Woonsocket High School, then serving as an airman in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1958. He graduated from Livingston State College in Alabama in 1964. He went on to teach in the Attleboro, MA. Public School Department at both the Middle and High School levels for 28 years, retiring in 1992.
“Moose” as he was known by his friends enjoyed meeting them regularly for a cup of coffee and conversation. . . he had a great sense of humor. He loved to drive and often was up early heading to Fall River or New Bedford. Ron would do anything for a friend and his family. He will always be remembered wearing his trademark beige chinos and blue button-down shirt.
His funeral will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2018, beginning with visitation at 9 AM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main Street, Woonsocket, followed by a service at 10:30 AM. Burial will be immediately following in Union Cemetery, Smithfield Rd., North Smithfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 622 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI 02828.