Samuel Elia

Samuel Elia, a lifelong resident of Burr Ridge, passed away Nov. 1, 2023.

Sam, 71, was born in Hinsdale in 1952 and was the proud owner of Elia Sealcoating, a local business that he built and loved. He enjoyed working with his employees and customers, many of whom became his friends.

Everyone liked Sam, who was kindhearted, funny and talented. Sam loved to play the guitar, write songs and sing - and yes, he was good.

He was a huge Bears fan, being a season ticket holder for many years. He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast, his Harley Davidson was always polished and ready for a weekend ride.

A more recent love was that for his two dogs, Toby and Augie, who brought a new joy to his life. Sam will be remembered by all those who knew him as a good man, a man to be remembered.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Normand and Dorothy Elia of Hinsdale.

He is survived by his partner, Joan Kelly; his brothers, Daniel, Mark (Lisa) and David; his sister, Judith Elia; Joan's sons, Carlo and Angelo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at The Lodge at Katherine Legge Memorial Park, 5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale.

Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.

Memorials may be made online to the Hinsdale Humane Society at