John J. Elia, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on January 12, 2015. A Boston University graduate, he served with the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lieutenant during the Korean War. He has been a local businessman for the past fifty years. He leaves his wife Marguerite (Ryan) Elia, daughters; Michele Elia Bunker and her husband Bruce Bunker, Tara Elia Gardner and her husband Joshua Gardner and the late Meredith Elia Lee. Loving grandfather of six grandsons; Peter, Andrew, Christian, Maxwell, William and Bennett. Son of the late John C. and Olga Elia, brother of Michael Elia and Helen Pilla, Brother-in-law of Ralph & Joanne Ryan. John is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, January 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.