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Obituary: Leif Erik Foerter

Leif Erik Foerter died in a car accident Saturday.

Sykesville resident Leif Erik Foerter, 35, died in a car accident on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Sykesville. 

Erik grew up in Charles County, MD where he lived for 27 years before moving to Sykesville. He had a strong work ethic and “can do” spirit that he brought to every aspect of his life. Erik loved his family and his adopted children Devin and Sophia.

He was passionate about everything he touched whether it was machines, projects, or people. Erik was happiest when he was helping others. His infectious laugh and big smile would light up the room.

"His father and I, as well as his four sisters miss him so much," Deborah Foerter, Erik's mom, told Patch. "There is a hole in our hearts that can only be filled by him, he was a kind and generous man who was always there when family and friends needed him."

Son of the living Daniel James Foerter and the living Deborah Simmons Foerter of Waldorf, MD. Predeceased by his grandparents Donald and Rena Simmons Survived by his parents; one son Devin Collins of Sykesville; one daughter Sophia Collins of Sykesville; grandparents Adele and Conrad Foerter of Edgewater, MD; four sisters Michele F. (Jeff) Derogatis of Kensington, MD, Katie (Chris) Dunn of Gaithersburg, MD, Lacey (Shane) Moulton of Catonsville, MD, and Carrie Foerter of Annapolis, MD; and three nephews Max Derogatis, Conner Derogatis, and Charly Dunn.

A gathering will take place Friday, Sept. 28 from 2 p.m. until Funeral Service at 3 p.m. at Raymond Funeral Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. The interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Devin & Sophia Collins Fund, 5268G Nicholson Lane, PO Box 101, Kensington, MD 20895.

Obituary taken from the Raymond Funeral Service website


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Sophia Collins September 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I love him and miss him so much he was a great son,brother,friend and father to me Sophia collins and my brother devin collins
Trish September 27, 2012 at 02:05 PM
So sorry for your loss! What a tragedy!
Michelle gobar September 28, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Erik I just wanted to tell you that each day that passes by let's me get closer to you and I believe in my heart I will get to see you again one sweet day. I miss you Erik, we ALL love and miss you so much. please watch over us, especially your son and daughter Sophia and Devin Collins, my niece and nephew. You helped so many people out and was kind and generous and you touched slot of lives. You were there for my family and for that I will be forever greatful to you. I will never forget you. I love you. Spread your wings and fly .. Love forever and always Michelle
Michelle Webb September 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
This happened in a residential neighborhood and it was the other person's fault, from what I have read. It shows that our lives can be shattered at any time or place, especially when other people are distracted and/or driving carelessly. Please, everyone, take this tragedy into your heart and feel the pain of this family, and make an effort to focus while driving.
Staci Lamoureux September 29, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Sophia, Erik loved you and your brother so much, he talked about you every day and told me often how proud he was of you both. I'm so sorry that he has been taken from you, from all of us, too soon. We will all miss him dearly but he will live on in our hearts.
Sophia collins October 01, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I just want him back
Sophia collins November 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I miss him I think about him everyday 3 times I know he is here though that is what makes me less sad
Sophia Collins November 28, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Erik I wanted to let you know I love you so much I will be with you soon I Promise you are the most amazing person I have me I love you Love Sophia Collins


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