Nelson Dario Elias-Columbani
  • 73 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 9, 1941
  • Place of birth:
    Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Date of passing: Dec 9, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Browns Mills, New Jersey, United States
Let the memory of Nelson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and Air Force veteran be with us forever.

TSgt Nelson D. Elias-Columbani, USAF Retired, (Vietnam Veteran), was born on June 9, 1941, and passed away on December 9, 2014, at his home in Browns Mills, N.J. He was 73 years old.

Nelson Dario Elias-Columbani was born in Rincon, Puerto Rico in 1941. Shortly after he was born, his father died while he was very young. Nelson later immigrated from Puerto Rico to New York with no English speaking skills and no father to guide him. He later quit school to take care of his mother.  After some time, he went back to school to earn his GED and joined the US Air Force. This was a turning point in his life. He served as a Crew Chief at various locations all around the world in the aircraft maintenance career field. During his Air Force career, he served in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, Strategic Air Command (SAC), and with the 89th Military Airlift Wing (Presidential Support).  It was during his Air Force career that he met his wife Myriam, and was later was married.  He honorably served in the Vietnam War and afterwards had 3 children.  After over 20 years of active duty US Air Force service, he retired at Andrews AFB, Maryland.

Nelson is burried at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Vet. Mem. Cemetery in Arneytown, N.J.  He is survived by his wife Myriam Elias, his 3 sons: John Elias, Robert Elias, Nelson Elias, 3 grandsons and 2 grandaughters.  We think about him often. His family will miss, love, and remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Robert Elias on 9th December 2016

""Black Gives Way To Blue"
(feat. Elton John)

I don't wanna feel no more
It's easier to keep falling
Imitations are pale
Emptiness all tomorrows
Haunted by your ghost

Lay down, black gives way to blue
Lay down, I'll remember you

Fading out by design
Consciously avoiding changes
Curtains drawn, now it's done
Silencing all tomorrows
Forcing a goodbye

Lay down, black gives way to blue
Lay down, I'll remember you"

This tribute was added by Nelson Elias on 9th December 2016

"2 years have passed since you left us.  You are missed."

This tribute was added by Robert Elias on 20th August 2016

"You will always be missed Pop"

This tribute was added by Nelson Elias on 30th May 2016

"We remember you this Memorial Day 2016.  You are in our hearts forever."

This tribute was added by orlando vera on 2nd May 2016

"Nelson sr. Rest in peace You served your country with honor and dignity we will always remember and love you from the vera family"

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