CHARLTON -- Eli G. Mitchell, 80, of Charlton passed away at home, Saturday, Nov. 1.
Mr. Mitchell was born in Worcester, a son of Syrian parents George and Mary (Mackoul) Mitchell. He graduated from Commerce High School, and lived in Worcester most of his life before moving to Charlton.
He worked for many years as a machinist, union shop steward and staff labor representative for the Rex Chain belt company, later Rexnord Company. When the plant closed, he served as the employee worker assistance manager for displaced and laid off workers. Upon this position completion, he was appointed to the staff of the united steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC for district one serving union locals in Worcester County, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his partner for the past 58 years, Annette K. (LeBlanc) Mitchell; four children, Russell G. Mitchell and his wife, Michelle, of Charlton, Diana L. Frankian and her husband, David, of Worcester, Kelley J. Derosier and her husband, Walter Derosier III and Robert E. Mitchell and his wife, Lisa; two brothers, Nicholas G. Mitchell of West Boylston and Michael G. Mitchell of Worcester; 14 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
He was a member of Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, the Syrian Lebanese men's club and United Steelworkers union. He enjoyed watching sports and the annual family vacations to Old Orchard Beach.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel. Burial followed in Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 1 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, Tenn., or St George Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St., Worcester.