Cartwright Funeral Homes


ROCHA, Elias, 78, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021. Elias was born on January 13, 1943 in Conceicao de feira, Brazil. He was the second of ten children of Joao Soares and Julia Maria Rocha. An insurance broker by trade, Elias loved learning, reading, and traveling. Friends and family remember him as kind, adventurous, and the only family member to climb Mount Everest.

Devoted husband of 47 years to Avany (nee Vieira), Elias was predeceased by his son Jo in 2007. He is survived by son Ely (Robyn) of Belchertown and granddaughter Ava. He was a dedicated grandfather to Gabriel of Sao Paulo, Brazil, JV (Julia) of Stoughton, and great-granddaughter Melanie.

Elias was an active member of his church and enjoyed participating in community outreach programs. One of his greatest accomplishments and proudest moments was becoming a US citizen in August, 2020.

A Memorial Service for Elias will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 6 pm at Celebration Church, 103 Pleasant St. Stoughton, MA. For those unable to attend, a livestream of the service will be made available at “Pagina Celebration Church Stoughton” on Facebook.

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