Maurice William (aka: James Stacy) Elias
1936 - 2016
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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.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 16 to Sep. 18, 2016.
Memories & Condolences
May 19, 2020
We donated to Wounded Warriors Project in your memory, Maurice. We thought you might like that. Can we get a smile?
Lindsey
Acquaintance
February 6, 2020
Today I heard on the radio Eric Claptons song forever man and could see you moving and singing this song to me.
How many times must I say I love you
Before you finally understand
Won't you be my forever woman
I'll try to be your forever man
Try to be your forever man.
Always and forever
Your forever woman ❤
Antigoni
February 3, 2020
One Beautiful Man.
Joleen
February 1, 2020
Our Precious One,

Heaven has accepted you home.

January 30, 2020
Dear Maurice,

I come here for comfort when I am thinking of you. I leave with warmth and smiles. It is nice to know that you are deeply loved.

Rest gently now in your forever, loving home.
Clarissa Dalton
January 30, 2020
I love you and Wayne, as well as all the Lancer souls. I especially love Jelly's sweet, silly goose, Dewdrop. Each of you still make me smile.......and cry. I love all the souls that love every one of you. I may not know them, but my heart hears their words written to each of you as I read them, and that same heart feels their tears. To be loved, sweet James, as you clearly are, is truly all that matters. There is nothing more wonderful or more beautiful than love. You have gained Heaven and Earth and never lost your soul. May all of you precious souls from Lancer rest in the sweetest peace and love.
Lancer Lady
January 26, 2020
It seems like every time I watch you on television, I come back here to thank you for being the man that you were and still are to so many of us.

I wish life could be like watching you on the screen and we could rewind to our favorite times with the people we loved. If that were possible we would never let you go.

I read the messages from all of your fans and it feels like a warm hug from all of them because we all love you more than you could ever imagine and will love and miss you forever.

No matter where we are from, or how different our lives may be, we all feel the same love for you. That says a lot about you.

We will never forget you or stop feeling the love in our hearts for you.

A forever fan,
Vicki
January 24, 2020
No more tears. No more pain and suffering. You are free like the wind. Rest in love cowboy.
T. K.
January 17, 2020

September 9, 2016


This is not goodbye.
I am your friend.
January 14, 2020
There can be only one you. No one will ever be able to take your place. R.I.P.
Lancer Fan
January 13, 2020
I am thinking of you fondly. I just watched you on Gunsmoke's Yankton. It was a sweet episode. I have been reading the lovely entries here and elsewhere regarding you. I am sad that your birthday wishes and some of the other kind words that were written to you, have disappeared. People love you and care about you. That will never change. Rest in peace.
Fan
January 13, 2020
Dear James, I have been watching you on the internet in scenes from Lancer. I wish I could see them all. I think you were a very good actor.
Lizbeth Spencer
January 12, 2020
This little candle honors you, our dear Maurice. We still think of you everyday. We know that you are among the angels and at peace. Smile down on us. Remember you always.
Lindsey Collins
December 19, 2019


Blessings.
Jasper
December 19, 2019

A sincere fan loves you.
December 14, 2019


May God bless you.
Crissy Davenport
December 11, 2019

"Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
December 10, 2019


As much as it may hurt, I love walking down memory lane, just so that I can run into you.......
December 9, 2019
it's still raining.no rainbows in sight.so sad you had to leave,cowboy.we never met,but i am a friend in spirit,admiring you from a distance through the craft you left behind. peace,cowboy.
farm girl,timmy
December 9, 2019

"What was it like to lose
him? It was like hearing every goodbye ever said to me-said all at once." Lang Leav
December 8, 2019
That feeling you get in your stomach, when your heart's broken. It's like all the butterflies just died.
December 7, 2019
I love Lancer!
You are my favorite cowboy!
Thank you!
Rest in peace, James.
Winston
December 6, 2019
God bless you.
Beatrice
November 28, 2019
Thinking of you my special friend..love ya..
Julie Berryman
November 27, 2019
Dear Mr. James Stacy,

I have been enjoying all of the wonderful work that people have done regarding you on Lancer, Gunsmoke, etc., on the internet. They have taken their time and energy to make it easily available, as well as magical, to watch your gifts on the silver screen. With a click of my fingertips, you are alive once more; your smile, the sound of your voice, and your delightful charm and beauty, leave me breathless. Their incredible kindness to keep your memory alive comes from a deep love for you. I am so grateful for the beautiful gift of you and these sweet folks, more than words can capture.

You are truly loved. Somehow I just know that you are aware of it and that you feel it. It makes me smile, and fills my heart with warmth for you and for all the souls who love you endlessly.

God bless you, Mr. James Stacy. (I guess a sweet cowboy never truly rides off into the sunsets alone. Beautiful, loving souls are trailing close behind you, even if only in their dreams.) XO............
Chantilly Rose
November 24, 2019


Dearest James,

I prayed for you and your friend, Wayne Maunder, this morning. I believe that both of you heard my prayers knocking on Heaven's door.

I am sending all my love to both of you, always and forever. XO
Lilacs James
November 22, 2019
Thinking of you sweet cowboy.
Ivy
November 11, 2019

We simply love you. How wonderful it is that love never fades and never dies. Every heart can hold you within it forever and ever.
Forever Fans
October 30, 2019


We carry you in our hearts always. XO
The Hunter Family
October 27, 2019
Violet
October 24, 2019


The mind replays what the heart can't erase.
Friends
October 22, 2019


Tears are words the heart
can't speak.
October 20, 2019
Our James,

You are poetry in motion on the silver screen. You are an irresistible melody that only angels sing. You are breathtakingly beautiful and charming.

You live on in our hearts and in this world through your gift.

All our love,
Forever Fans
October 19, 2019
I watched you this week on Gunsmoke's Yankton. You were something! I have seen your work on film before and after the cruel accident that altered your life forever. You were always, always, extraordinary. The brilliant light in your eyes never faded. I watched you on Yankton, and I gave myself permission to cry. My heartache demanded to be heard, and the tears flowed like rivers down my face. Mr. James Stacy, I wish you eternal love and peace. May Heaven be yours to keep. Blessings, sweet cowboy. XO
A sweet cowboy's humble fan.
October 18, 2019
Our tears have tears.
Friends
October 16, 2019
FOREVER JAMES.
October 15, 2019
I can't believe you have been gone this long when the pain is still as sharp as the day you left us. What an extraordinary and amazing person you are still and always will be. The tears will not stop.

Your kindness to fans and every one whose life you touched. As an actor, a friend, to your family, and to Your beloved Antigoni and little Ruby.

You were quiet and gentle in life as well as on the screen. Losing you left a place in our hearts that can never be filled. You could smile and make our hearts warm instantly. I thought meeting you would make me nervous but you could smile like you were seeing an old friend.

Heaven is even more beautiful because you are there, but for all of us - you will always be in our hearts.

Thank you for being you and for all of your kindness, your hard work, and for being unforgettable.

God Bless You!❤

Vicki
Vicki
October 12, 2019
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." ~ A.A. Mine (Winnie-the-Pooh)

We love you, Maurice. XO
October 8, 2019
October 6, 2019

"You and I will meet again, When we're least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again." ~ Tom Petty
October 5, 2019
We met you, Maurice, as James on the set of "Lancer" while we (friends of mine and I) were in college. You, Mr. Duggan, Wayne, Elizabeth all were so very kind, generous of spirit, and full of glee as you relaxed between scenarios. You were full of life, full of laughter, yet serious when they called everyone to "action". I loved how the horses responded to you and how you loved on them. They know a person's soul. No matter the animal you loved on them and they loved you in return. And your family and circle of friends still miss you terribly. But somehow you watch over them, sending them signs and messages of your love in their need of and missing you. Touch Antigoni in ways only she will recognize. We love her because she remains loving you dearly. She brought the light back into your eyes and the joy of that smile back to your face. We miss you. Enjoy wholeness and freedom and JOY as you wait for the rest of us someday. Lovingly, Prayerfully... Janice
Janice Blum
Friend
October 4, 2019
"Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." ~ William Shakespeare
Family
October 2, 2019
You shot across the velvet night sky like a shooting star, gone too soon. If you lived a million years and then left us, it still would have been too soon. It would always be too soon. We who love you would never have let you go.
Friends
September 28, 2019
UNFORGETTABLE!
September 25, 2019
In your sweet memory, I made a large donation today to a wonderful organization that helps animals. I know how much you loved all animals. Rest in peace, Mr. James Stacy. God bless you.
Kerston
September 18, 2019
Always and forever
September 18, 2019
God bless you.
September 16, 2019


Fly high Heavenly blue eyes.
Willow
September 16, 2019


In your sweet memory.
Argentina
September 15, 2019


Tears.
Piper
September 15, 2019
Miss you, my Friend...R.I.P.
Julie Berryman
September 13, 2019
We will never meet; your hand will never reach out to shake mine and your eyes will not sparkle when you smile at me. But that has not lessened the depth of the admiration and respect I have for you, Maurice Elias.

Your acting talent is preserved on film to watch over and over. From the young and eager 19-year-old student on the "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" to the graying man in "The New WKRP in Cincinnati", 36 years later, and all of the roles in between. You showed what a versatile actor you were with the wide range of characters you brought to life over so many years. You made us laugh out loud, sob uncontrollably and almost every emotion imaginable. You often caused hearts to beat a little faster - and still do! One short two-season series called "Lancer" unexpectedly inspired the most unconditionally devoted group of fans on the planet, even decades later.

That horrific accident that stole two of your limbs led to two rich performances in particular that were honored with Emmy nominations. My jaw still drops to consider the strength and determination and the hard work it took for you to become agile again. Your comeback earned the undying adoration of people who couldn't help but call you a hero, even though you were simply a human being like the rest of us, sometimes making tragic mistakes.

It was during the last 15 years of your life that you were able to show fans, both new and old, how big your heart was. Those people who were fortunate enough to meet you at dozens of conventions and shows during your last years still talk about your kindness and generosity, your incomparable zest for life that was communicated to everyone around you. The number of lives you touched and delighted cannot be counted - most especially because it continues to grow!

More than anything, you had the love of your beloved lady. Your happiness together was obvious to all those who saw. Your twilight years glowed even brighter because of your two lights shining together.

You are loved by so many, Maurice Elias; I am but one person among countless people who will never forget you.

As long as we live - your spirit will remain alive for us!
Jennie
September 10, 2019
To me, you will forever be Johnny Madrid Lancer. Riding free as a bird and charming all that you meet. Adios, sweet cowboy.
Teresa
September 10, 2019

Remembering.......
Cowboy Levi
September 9, 2019
You brought such joy into my life, like many other fans. Your dazzling smile, twinkling blue eyes, and witty humor will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Please give comfort to your precious, Antigoni. ❤
Debbie Lenart
Friend
September 9, 2019
There will come a moment in time when the winds of grief and loss will blow more softly, more gently, and they will be kinder, to those of us who love you and cherish you. For the warmth of your memories will carry us through time, until we meet again. We embrace and rest in the memories of you, our Maurice.
Friends
September 9, 2019
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
A COWBOY'S PRAYER

Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches grow.
I love creation better as it stood
That day You finished it so long ago
And looked upon Your work and called it good.
I know that others find You in the light
That's sifted down through tinted window panes,
And yet I seem to feel You near tonight
In this dim, quiet starlight on the plains.

I thank You, Lord, that I am placed so well,
That You have made my freedom so complete;
That I'm no slave of whistle, clock or bell,
Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street.
Just let me live my life as I've begun
And give me work that's open to the sky;
Make me a pardner of the wind and sun,
And I won't ask a life that's soft or high.

Let me be easy on the man that's down;
Let me be square and generous with all.
I'm careless sometimes, Lord, when I'm in town,
But never let 'em say I'm mean or small!
Make me as big and open as the plains,
As honest as the hawse between my knees,
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains,
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze!

Forgive me, Lord, if sometimes I forget.
You know about the reasons that are hid.
You understand the things that gall and fret;
You know me better than my mother did.
Just keep an eye on all that's done and said
And right me, sometimes, when I turn aside,
And guide me on the long, dim, trail ahead
That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.

by Charles Badger Clark Jr., 1906
A Lifelong Fan, Glad We Got to Meet
September 9, 2019
We here have come together in pure love. We are joined together as one, simply for the love of you, James Stacy. We miss you and we celebrate you. Godspeed.
September 9, 2019
Dearest Maurice
Today is 3 years since you left us to join the angels in Heaven, leaving us with sad and broken hearts. Your kindness, strength and love for life is an inspiration to many. You are missed as much today as the day you earned your wings. You are forever loved, especially by your beloved Antigoni who is so very lost and sad without you.The love you and she shared was so precious and real, yet so too soon you had to leave. I know you are watching over her always.
You were truly an amazing man. You faced life's tragedies fearlessly and refused to give up. Not many people would have been able to come back from such a horrible accident, but you did, and you excelled. You are such an inspiration to me, and I think of you often when I am facing challenges.
Your light on earth has been extinguished, and the world became a little darker but the stars in Heaven have a much brighter glow with you among them. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. I will love you forever dear friend.
Rest well in the arms of the Lord.

Barbara V.
Barbara Valentino
September 9, 2019

3 Years Ago Today ~

You received your wings, and on the winds of love, you soared to Heaven.
Aspen
September 9, 2019
Thinking of you today and always. Miss you, but your light shines bright in our hearts. <3
September 9, 2019
Our Most Beloved James,

May the good Lord bless you, sweet James, with His riches blessings forever and ever. May He wrap you in His loving arms and never let you go. May He mend, with golden threads of love, all the broken hearts that love you, miss you and weep for you. May they know that ever tear is a drop of Holy Water that confirms the brilliance of your Spirit, and heals their own souls. No tear is wasted; every broken heart is priceless ~ every heartache matters. May our loving God collect all their tears and fill them with everlasting peace. IJNA

My deepest love and most Sacred prayers I am releasing to you, sweet James, and to all the beautiful souls who love you. Rest, our beloved, gently with the sweet Lord and His Angels for all eternity. Amen. XO

All my love, all my love.......
Pastor Faith
September 9, 2019
You will live on in our hearts forever. Rest in peace.
Cynthia Dee Wilson
September 9, 2019
September 9, 2019
It has been three years since you left us to join the angels, leaving us with sad broken hearts. Your kindness, strength and love of life is an inspiration to many. You are missed as much today as the day you earned your wings.You are forever loved. Your memory will never die in the hearts of those who love you.I know you are watching over your beloved Antigoni, but she is still so very sad and lost without you. Your earthly struggles are over and you are pain free. Knowing this helps me when I think of how much I miss you. The world became a little darker as your brilliant light on earth was extinguished, but the stars in Heaven have a much brighter glow with you among them. My dear Maurice, I miss you so very much. You are in my thoughts and in my heart forever.

Barbara V
Barbara Valentino
September 9, 2019
Maurice,

Where do broken hearts go? It's a question I often ask myself. I'm sure your love, Antigoni feels it even more so. My thoughts and prayers are always with her and warm hugs too.

Even after three years, my heart is still broken and the tears still fall. So strange considering I never had the privilege to meet you. But, your life made a lasting impact on my life more than 55 years ago and it's still fresh today. You're still my hero, Maurice, my cowboy forever. I miss and love you. I am and will forever be a devoted fan.
Darla Poulos
September 8, 2019
James, There will always be tears and sadness knowing you are not with us. There is always joy and smiles remembering you and seeing you on screen. There is awe and wonderment at your talent, bravery, perseverance and love of life. You will never ever be forgotten. It's impossible. You are the brightest star in the night sky.
Forever a Fan XOXO
Carolyn
Carolyn
September 8, 2019
Your light will shine for eternity, it will never dim. You will be with us forever and always.

Loved
Missed
Never forgotten

Let 'er buck, JML!

A Forever Fan
September 8, 2019
Sweet Prince.
Grace Hazelton
September 8, 2019
Our smiles and tears become blended as we must say farewell, to the angel that flew to Heaven in the September sun. Goodbye, precious Maurice.
Dash
September 8, 2019
Thank you for the characters we loved so much. Each contained a shining piece of you.

I know you are watching over Antigoni. Help her to be comforted and feel at peace.
Deborah
September 8, 2019
Precious James ~

You are the song in my heart.
September 7, 2019
Life as we knew it ended on the 8th of September, 3 years ago. I try not to let the grief I feel every day define me , but it has changed me to my very core.
I know you are in a better place , laughing and dancing because you are whole again.
But here on earth , I just miss you so much that the tears still run down my cheeks daily, with the thought I will never be blessed with your brilliant smile aimed at me.
No more hugs, no more hearing your voice or your laughter, no more feeling safe with you next to me .. no more, no more , forever no more.
You were such a grounding presence in my life, such an inspiration for living life to its fullest .
I am trying to follow your example but I don't think I will ever get over the pain of losing you, I am just trying to keep going until we meet again❤
Antigoni
September 7, 2019
September 7, 2019
God's Child ~

May you find sweet peace.
Rest, sweet soul, rest.
G.
September 7, 2019
Ann Belmont
September 6, 2019
In sweet memory of you.
Elizabeth Smith
September 5, 2019
September 9, 2016
May
September 5, 2019
Even when a flower is torn and broken it is still beautiful. Petals scattered on the ground still remain fragrant. Remembering you, sweet Maurice. Oh, memories, oh, memories.......
Family
September 4, 2019
Cinnamon
September 4, 2019
September ~ 3 Years.
September 1, 2019
Remembering you through love and tears. Rest gently in the arms of God's love.
Ivy
August 30, 2019
Our Beloved, Maurice ~

May you run free with the wild horses through the fields of Heaven forever and ever. May you rest with the sunsets and smile with the sunrises. May Heaven hear the echoes of your sweet laughter as you embrace the sweet Lord and all the souls you love. May your heart dance in Heaven's eternal love.

May you feel the love of all the souls on Earth that love you, miss you, celebrate you and remember you fondly.

Loving you forever, our beloved. XO
Family & Friends
August 21, 2019
Blessings.
August 19, 2019
Missing you~

James Stacy
Johnny Madrid Lancer
Yankton
Bob Johnson
J.J.
George
Joe Bravo.......
A Forever Fan
August 18, 2019
I watched you on film this week and you were so handsome, bubbly and animated. At times you appeared to be like a small boy skipping along. To watch you is like a breath of fresh air. I am delighted that for a moment you are alive once more. I get lost in yesterday and you. When the moment passes, as it always does, it is followed by storms of tears and my broken heart aches. May you, sweet James, be in Heaven with The Father and The Son, as well as with all those you love that passed before you. You mean so much to me. God bless you.
Meadow Bliss
August 16, 2019
Crying.
Beatrice
August 15, 2019
Thinking of you. You'll be always in my heart.
Silvana
July 31, 2019
The coolest cowboy there ever was! Rest in peace, cowboy.
Jesse
July 28, 2019
BEAUTIFUL JAMES.
Friend
July 27, 2019
I am so sorry that you suffered in your life.
Priscilla
July 26, 2019
Words are hard to come by when I think of you, but every word I read about you spills over into my heart. The lump in my throat hurts and my eyes are flooded with tears. You are truly loved, beautiful.
Lilacs James
July 26, 2019
Jennie
July 26, 2019
Awe, pretty blue eyes, we will always love you!
Marigold
July 26, 2019
The best cowboy comes in twos~Johnny & Scotty Lancer! I miss you both. Loving the two of you is easy. Ride in the Heavens with your horses, run through the fields of love with all of God's critters, and know that we love you both~James & Wayne. Rest in peace in God's everlasting love. God bless you both, God bless you, God bless you..........
Fans
July 25, 2019
Thinking of you!! Rest in Peace my friend..Love you. Julie..
Julie Berryman
July 25, 2019
You are still the brightest star in the sky. Missing you forever.
Ann Belmont
July 23, 2019
How many times have I watched "South Pacific" during my life - and never knew who that young man was in the foreground. How many other times have I seen him on TV and never realized. I've only just discovered James Stacy, only to find out he's gone. So I'm searching online to watch what is available to be watched. Of everything I've seen, the role that just grabs me is Ted Peters in "The Gimp", Cagney and Lacey. It looks like life didn't stop for him after his motorcycle accident. If anything, by all appearances it became richer in many ways. Thank you for the inspiration!
Jennie Z
July 21, 2019
Our dear one, we have lost you here on Earth forever, but never in our hearts. With every sunrise and sunset your foot prints have been left in the sands of time, in memories that never die.
Hope
July 21, 2019
You will always be my hero. Missing you everyday.
Vicki
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