William Edward Elias

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William Edward Elias, 56, a 30 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Torrance, California. Born in New Hampshire, Bill spent the majority of his East Coast childhood performing science experiments in the family basement, beginning what would become a lifelong passion for science and chemistry. He continued his education at UC Santa Barbara, enjoying the “relaxed” atmosphere that matched his own laid back nature. As a contamination control expert at Raytheon for 34 years, Bill worked on many major satellite and space programs. After retiring, he dedicated himself to Northrop Grumman’s James Webb Space telescope. Bill always said that Raytheon was “just a day job,” however; his “fun job,” as well as his second love, was putting on the firework show at Disneyland almost every weekend for over 20 years. His love of pyrotechnics brought him around the globe to work on and experience firework shows in Thailand, China, Malaysia, Canada, and Spain. In addition, he was in charge of the El Segundo Fourth of July fireworks show for 15 years. Even though he spent an exorbitant amount of time at Disneyland, Bill always found time to bring his family, friends, and favorite nieces, Ally and Jenna, to enjoy the park. Everything Bill did was, as he liked to put it, “for the family.” He began his family with his wife of 25 years, Gayle Noguchi, whom he met at Raytheon. They have 2 children, twins Michael and Katherine, as well as their “third child,” Reese the family dog. Bill supported his children in everything they pursued, acting as Katherine’s soccer coach for 8 years and attending both Michael and Katherine’s cross country/track and field meets and orchestral concerts. He also loved to take Reese on nightly walks, lavishing love and affection on him every day. Bill always acted unselfishly and genuinely, whether it be in the service of family, neighbors, or acquaintances. He is survived by sisters Kim Sharman and Kristin Elias, as well as his father William Elias. In lieu of flowers, do something kind for someone else - he would have wanted that.

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  1. I am so sorry about your loved one. I lost my daughter last year. It hurt so bad. For she was the only one I had. No grandchildren. But, Jehovah will see us though. If we rely on Him. You have to be faithful, humble, obeying, love Him and trust Him and he will see us though. A wonderful pray for the future is Rev. 21:4. Read it and you will feel much better. It won’t take the pain away, but it will give you some relief.

  2. So sorry for your sudden and unexpected loss. Bill was a wonderful co-worker for many years- great person and a well respected expert. Praying for you and your family during this time of shock and grief.

  3. Dear Gayle, Katherine, and Michael. There are no words to express the shock and sadness of Bill’s passing. He was an unselfish and humble person when it came to work, and such a well loved guy when it came to being social. We spent most of a life together and it was always a comfort to have Bill on a problem when it came up. He has only been gone a short time but it was different right away when he retired. I was looking forward to many more shows and watching the twins grow up. He left us too soon and I will always look at fireworks and think of him. Thanks for sharing him with us these many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, you, and all his loved ones.

  4. Oh, Gayle, Katherine, Michael and, of course, Reese, We are all so sad about Bill’s passing. Can’t believe it. He will be missed soooooooooo much! You are in our prayers and hearts always. Much Love and many, many doggie hugs and kisses! Pat, Allan and Bruin

  5. Only knew Bill a short time at Raytheon, But knew I liked him right away ! He was a kind and soft spoken person-,the kind I admire, respect and would want to be like ! Our condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

  6. Both my husband, Saul, and I worked with Bill on almost every Major Space program from 1990 on.. He was such a great guy, helpful, knowledgeable. So even tempered.. Great man.. Sorry for you loss. ..

  7. Gayle, Katherine, and Michael – My deepest condolences in your loss. Gayle I remember when you, Bill, and I all worked in Div. 76/TSD at good, old Hughes Aircraft. Bill was such a kind, soft spoken, helpful, respectful, and funny guy. He will be greatly missed. You now have an Angel to look after you and my Mom has a new best friend in Heaven. My heart, my prayers, my love goes out to you during this time.

  8. For the Elias family:

    I just found out about Bill’s passing today. I had to shut the door to my office and let the tears come. Bill and I met through work, when my company did some work for his. Over the years we would work together a number of times on various high-tech projects that required precision cleaning. Bill was the most kind, patient, and nice person I have ever met. The world is a lesser place for his passing. His intelligence, ethics, and character made him a rare true gentleman in a harsh world. Please accept my belated condolences for your loss. Bill was a great man, and I am proud to have considered him my friend.

    God bless.


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