Elias L. D. Dia, 78, of Matlacha, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Columbia, S.C., where he was with his family. He was born in the Philippines to Leonardo G. and Luisita Duran Dia in 1935. He was the youngest of four children. He was predeceased by his beloved parents and his brother, Januario.
Dr. Dia graduated from Far Eastern University in Manila and did his post graduate training in Family Medicine & Pediatrics in Jacksonville, Fla., and Norfolk, Va.
Also known as "Doc," "Dr. Dia," "Ely" or just "El," he made his home in Matlacha for over 40 years where he practiced medicine in a country doctor style, even making house calls. Matlacha was a perfect fit for Dr. Dia as he was an avid fisherman, cook and gardener.
His most memorable trait was his genuine love and passion for helping others. He was endeared by his patients for having a high quality of care, relaxed and caring bedside manner, and making connections where patients were regarded as friends, not clients. In the end, the thing that led him to medicine was fulfilled by the service he rendered in Matlacha and the wonderful people he met, influenced and learned from along the way.
He is survived by his son, Bayani (Yan); daughter-in-law, Tina; three grandchildren, Gordon, Illia, and Vincent; and his siblings, Leonardo (Len) and Vita (Nen).
Services are scheduled at the Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1630 SW Pine Island Road, in Cape Coral, Tuesday, May 13. A gathering will start at 10 a.m., with memorial services at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to The American Bible College in Pineland, The Matlacha Civic Association or Fellow Islanders Sending Help (F.I.S.H.).
Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for his family.