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Memory Eternal! + Archdeacon Elias Hamaty

We regret to announce the repose of the soul of the servant of God and Archdeacon Elias 'Ely' Hamaty. Fr. Ely fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday afternoon 28 December at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton MA, surrounded by his devoted family.

Fr. Ely was born in 1934 and raised in the 'Syrian Colony' of Boston's South End. His parents, Mousa and Nour Hamaty were among the early members of St. George Orthodox Church of Boston. The Hamaty family emigrated from the village of Aafsdiq, Al-Koura near the Balamand Monastery where Mousa attended school and later worked as a cook. Fr. Ely's grandparents, Simon and Mariana, also worked at the Balamand Monastery. After arriving in Boston, his parents operated a successful family owned restaurant in the South End. Fr. Ely entered the family business and operated the restaurant before opening his own electronics firm. ELCO Electronics specialized in marine electronics and communications. Fr. Ely was an avid yachtsman and sports angler who fished the waters from Alaska to the Caribbean.

Growing up, Fr. Ely attended St. George Church where his uncle, Archimandrite Elias Hamaty once served as pastor. Fr. Ely assisted his uncle as an acolyte, reader and chanter and he was active in the parish youth organization. Father served on several parish committees and was a past president of the parish council. In 1988 he was ordained a sub-deacon and later he enrolled in the St. Stephens Course at the Antiochian House of Studies. His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip, ordained Fr. Ely to the Deaconate at St. George Church on 30 April 1995 during the St. George Feast Day celebrations. Fr. Ely developed a regular visitation ministry to the elderly and shut-ins as well as to hospitalized parishioners. Father also developed an effective outreach ministry for the bereaved. On 24 November 2012, he was elevated to the rank of Archdeacon in recognition of his exemplary and dedicated service. Father and his beloved wife Millie maintained a winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida where he served at St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church in nearby Naples.

In addition to his beloved wife, Millie, Fr. Ely is survived by his son Richard and his wife Rhoda, and his daughter Deborah and her husband Daniel Galambos, he was preceded in death by his sons Stephen and David. Fr. Ely was the Grandfather of Susan O'Toole, Richard Hamaty, and Adam, David and Stephen Galambos. He was also the Great-grandfather of Sofia, Joseph, Sasha and Nadia.

Visitation and Vigil for Archdeacon Ely will be at St. George Orthodox Church of Boston, 55 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury MA on Sunday 4 January from 4 until 8 pm. Trisagion Prayers of Mercy will be prayed at 7 pm.

On Monday morning, 5 January at 9 am. the Hierarchal Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the For Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated by Bishop John and Bishop Nicholas assisted by the diocesan clergy. The Funeral service for Archdeacon Ely will be prayed at 10:30 am. Interment is at the family plot at St. Paul's Cemetery in Hingham, MA. followed by a Meal of Mercy served at a nearby restaurant.