“Richard Elías served Pima County as a supervisor for 18 years. His sudden passing on March 28th, 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis was a shock for many. Due to Covid-19 a public memorial event was not held. Supervisor Elias was a fifth-generation Tucsonan, a direct descendant of Tucson Presidio settlers and a member of a family that included many local leaders and luminaries. In lieu of a memorial event, members of the community, friends and family are invited to bring mementos to leave on a temporary alter displayed at the Presidio Museum.”
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is OPEN
with limited evening hours.
“Summer operating hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm from June 25th – August 29th with social distancing practices in place. During these evening hours, visitors can enjoy the summer outdoors while taking a self-guided tour. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy the museum’s unique surroundings. No admission fees will be charged through August 29th, but your support through membership and donations is truly appreciated at this time. We are slowly adding small events that follow social distancing guidelines. “
Carolyn’s note: My husband and I dropped by the Museum on Saturday evening July 11, and paid our respects to our friend and District 5 Democratic Supervisor Richard. Still quite a shock that he died so suddenly at age 61 (apparently from a heart attack) on March 28, a few weeks after the COVID 19 crisis began here in Pima County. And he was the Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and was carrying the burden of the onset of this pandemic. Richard was a very friendly, personable, hard working, dedicated public servant, and many here in Tucson miss him dearly. I folded a white origami crane and left it on the ofrenda for Richard. R.I.P. dear friend. The altar will be available for people to view till Nov. 8, 2020, with no admission charge. As Richard would say (on FB): “Resist. Much love” (and vote wisely in the General Election on Nov. 3).