NEW YORK — Services were held Sunday for Oriel Elias, a former dress manufacturer and active figure in the Jewish community.
Elias, 85, died Friday at the Sephardic Home for the Aged in Brooklyn after a long illness, according to a spokeswoman from the home.
Born in Greece, Elias founded the Royal Frocks dress firm here in 1939, which became a leading supplier for the popular-priced division of the dress industry.
He was past vice president and honorary chairman for the UJA, a founding member and officer of Temple Israel in Great Neck, Glen Head Country Club and the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, N.Y. He was also an officer of the Garment Center Synagogue here and was honored by past Israeli Prime Minister Ben Gurion for his philanthropic efforts.
Elias is survived by his wife, Dorothy; brother, Ben; son, Michael; daughters, Barbara and Ronnie, and six grandchildren.