Local businessman and labor union leader Albert M. Elías passed away Friday morning at the age of 86. A fourth generation Tucsonan, his family's history traces back to the presidio when Tucson was a Spanish colony. In 2004, Rep. Raúl Grijalva honored Elías with Special Recognition on the House floor for his then 50 years of service to the labor movement and the Typographical Union.
Elías is survived by son Albert, City of Tucson assistant city manager; son Richard, Pima County supervisor; and daughter Ana Elías Terry, a Tucson Unified School District speech therapist. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 23 at St Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m.