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Maurice William (aka: James Stacy) Elias

1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Maurice William (aka: James Stacy) Elias Obituary
December 23, 1936 - September 9, 2016 As we say goodbye to our beloved Maurice, we remember his infectious smile and passion for living his unique life to the fullest. From his rough and tumble days growing up in Burbank he ascended to a prominent Hollywood actor and leading man. His motion picture career spanned nearly 40 years. While his boyish good looks were undeniable, his acting prowess was confirmed with two Emmy nominations. He was a star athlete through high school and went on to play professional football in the CFL. Maurice continued his athletic endeavors even after his tragic accident in 1973 at the pinnacle of his career that left him with just one arm and one leg. Not to be held back, he learned to snow ski and water ski, which through his acclaimed movie "Just a Little Inconvenience" helped to encourage other amputees and persons with disabilities to fulfill their goals of living life as normal as possible. While Maurice had struggles in his life and his share of regrets he would always endeavor to be a better person. Maurice shared his last 16 years accompanied by his loving fiancée Antigoni in their home perched above Ventura, California with a beautiful view overlooking the Pacific coastline. Maurice loved to travel .and felt fortunate to have seen "75% of this world" as he would say. One of his favorite things to do was to take hold of his sweet Antigoni and their dog Ruby and on a whim take a road trip up to the Central Coast or some other adventure. He also very much enjoyed attending the various film festivals honoring the shows and actors of his era and spending time with his wonderful fans. Maurice leaves behind his daughter Heather Elias, grandson Luk Maxwell and great-grandson Lester James Maxwell. As well as his brother Louie, sister Carolyn, best friend and love Antigoni Tsamparlis and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and devoted fans. We will miss the man that helped inspire us to overcome life's obstacles. As it isn't just what happens to you, it's how you deal with it.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2016
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