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Robert "Ethan" Saylor

Died: Sat., Jan. 12, 2013


10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Jan. 19, 2013
Location: Damascus Road Community Church

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Jan. 19, 2013
Location: Damascus Road Community Church

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Robert Ethan Saylor , “Ethan.” Age 26, New Market, Maryland, passed away on January 12, 2013 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born in Frederick, Maryland on January 9, 1987 he was the son of Patti Richmond Saylor and Ron Saylor.

He attended Spring Ridge Elementary, TJ Middle in his early years and later attended and graduated from The Benedictine School in Ridgely, Maryland.

Ethan was briefly employed at Goodwill and went on to explore his many interests. Ethan had a passion for learning all he could about the police and security agencies and amassed volumes of research on them. Ethan also had a great love for music with a collection of over 200 CD’s. Reggae was his favorite. More than anything, Ethan loved his family, his friends, his loyal and caring staff, and his cat Gracie (Fireball). Ethan was a loved and cherished member of Damascus Road Community Church, where he participated in the men’s Choir. Ethan was known by the congregation as “the best hugger” and was warmly embraced by all.

Ethan left behind many loved ones including his parents, Patti Richmond Saylor and Ron Saylor, his beloved sister Emma and brother Adam, his wonderful grandparents Bob and Dottie Saylor, his Aunt Terry and Uncle Chris and their children Macy and Jared, Uncle Gary and Aunt Marlene, Caity, Livy, Daniel, Aunt Lue, Aunt Sue Sue, his many cousins, and his special friends Rainbow, Ann, Chrissy, and the Overs Family.

The viewing will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10:30-11:30AM at and then a service celebrating Ethan’s life will begin at 12:00 noon. Everything will be held at the Damascus Road Community Church, 12826 Old National Pike in Mount Airy, MD. Services will be officiated by Pastor Roger Fair, elder at DRCC.

A memorial fund has been established at M&T Bank. Donations can be made by check payable and sent to: Kim Mercier at 400 Oak Court, Baltimore, MD 21228 or at any M&T Bank locations.


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Kathy Cooper
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Dear Patti, our hearts are breaking for you and your family. No words can express how very sad we are for you...to have celebrated Ethan's birthday and his passing within days of each other. We are praying for you to have the strength to endure this crushing heartache. There is such peace in knowing that Ethan is in the arms of Jesus now, but life is forever changed. We are so sorry for your pain of missing him in the coming days and weeks and months and years.
God Bless you and your family! Kathy, Jim, Melanie and Adam Cooper

Judith Blum
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Patti and family,

I am so very sorry to hear of Ethan's passing. I will always remember him as one of my most "fun" children to treat who enriched my life! You Patti were a wonderful Mother to him and I was always inspired by you.

I have a video of Ethan when he was around 2-3 years of age....Rose (the PT) and I filmed him with your permission so we could should a Mother on the other side of the world some things to do with her son. Do you remember this? I would like to give you a copy of this if you want.

I had wanted to attend the Celebration of Ethan's Life but I am leaving town on Friday to take care of my father who is going in for surgery next week. I am truly sorry as I would definitely have driven up from Annapolis where I now live.

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, always.

Cindy Ransom
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Our hearts break for and you are in our prayers. May God bless each of you with a peace that passes all understanding and may you find comfort in the blessed assurance that Ethan is in Heaven now.

Cindy, Johanna and Zack

   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
To the Saylor family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Ethan until I saw the you tube video that was posted. Words can not express how my heart felt. Just know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Sue Manos
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Patti and Family - We are all so heartbroken to hear of your loss. Both of my boys have many happy memories of playing with Ethan in their earlier years. Traveling the road to inclusion with you guys was always an adventure, wasn't it? It seems like forever ago, but wow, was it ever worth it! Ethan helped us move mountains. I am sorry that we will be out of town on Saturday so cannot attend the service. Please know that you will be in our hearts. I know that Ethan has earned a special place in heaven. - The Manos-Nahwooksy family

Amy Yokum
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Dear Saylor family,

I am so sorry to hear of Ethan's passing. He was such a special young man with a huge personality. My daughter Erin was a member of his care giving staff and she enjoyed working with him very much. we took him to the beach with us and had a blast! He had so much energy and was so much fun to be around! He will surely be missed.

Tina Derr
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Wishing you God's peace and blessings. Knowing your loved one ETHAN
is now experiencing all the joy of heaven.

Mark and Janet Flanagan
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Ethan gave us too many good memories to count. He lived well, with love and passion for the many people, animals and hobbies he adored. His sense of humor was pure and joyful. He was blessed to be surrounded by family, friends and caretakers that appreciated all that he was. If only everyone could have a devoted family such as yours!

Annette Jeffers
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Dear Patti, Ron, and Family
I am so sad and very sorry for the loss of your dear son. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort.
Annette Jeffers

Maureen Prendergast
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Dear Patti and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Maureen Prendergast

Valaida Wise
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
All of us at The Harbor School, Bethesda Maryland send our deepest sympathies. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Harbor School.

Pat Fogle
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Dear Patti,
My heart is bleeding for you....I was so very sad to hear that Ethan had passed away. I cannot imagine a loss more dear. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Pat Fogle

Lauren Andryszak Fowler
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Patti, Emma, Adam, and Family,

I will always remember how much fun and how lovable Ethan was during the summer at Camp Greentop. I pray that the love of God embraces you during this difficult time and that He helps you heal with the passage of time.

Love, Lauren

Lori-Anne Lavelle
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Dear Patti, Ron, Emma and Adam

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Ethan was such a blessing and treasure. I pray for your continued peace and comfort. God Bless
Lori Lavelle, Sam and Meg

Karen Janes
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Dear Patti,

What a shock to hear of Ethan's home going. Even though I only had the privilege of meeting him once, he had a great impact on me. I felt like I knew him much better, as you spoke of him so often--always with such love and tenderness.

May you feel Jesus' arms around you during this time.

I won't be able to be with you on Saturday, but know that my prayers are with you!



Paul Magaha
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Ron and Family,

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ethan. May God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you comfort.


Cheryl Hall, Nurse Consultant MSDE Office of Child Care
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Patti and Family:

On behalf of the Office of Child Care and myself I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Having recently experienced the loss of two very dear family members there is no words to express how much the lives we cherished will be forever missed.

Please be comforted that we are here to assist in any way that we can to make your adjustment to this tremendous loss easier. We do want you to know Patti, that you are a valued and much appreciated colleague and are at you disposal should you need anything.

With Sincerest Sympathy

Denise Rankin
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Patti, Emma, Adam and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Ethan was such a blessing and will be truly missed by all who's lives he touched. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Denise,Kenny, Sarah, Amanda and Bobby

Karen White
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Saylor family,

My heartfelt condolences on your loss. My prayers are with you.

Tanya Schaeffer DeWitt
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Patti and Family,
I am so sad to learn of Ethan's passing. I remember when we worked together in the office when Ethan was a toddler and how much you loved and cared for him. You were so patient and generous of your time when he needed medical appointments and such. I always thought of you when I would drive by the white picket fence that was never quite finished. I don't know if you remember, but we named our son Ethan 6 years after your Ethan was born. My thoughts go out to you.
Tanya Schaeffer DeWitt

Greg & Krista Salley
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Very sorry to hear about your loss.

Greg & Krista Salley

Jennifer Blakeslee
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Patti,
Words cannot express how saddened and shocked I was to have learned of the passing of Ethan. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless You All,
Jennifer Blakeslee

Steve and Beth Trout
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013

We are sorry to hear about the tragic loss of a loved one. If there is anything we can do to help you through these sorrow filled days, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Steve and Beth Trout

Darlene,Rachel, Rebekah Dombroski
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
Patti, Emma and Adam,,,,this is an event too soon to attend. All I can think about is going paintballing whith Daybreak youth and Ethan giving me the finger because I shot him. He had a way to make even cussing funny. I know strength is not enough to handle the loss of a child but also know you and the kids have always leaned on more than your own strength. Please let the community of people who you have helped now help you. Just ask my dear friend and you will receive.
Bless this wonderful life now fully alive in heaven probably driving a police car.
Darlene and the girls

Cortney Suerdieck
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
Dear Saylor Family,
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Ethan. What a wonderfully fun and loving man he was. I always remember his smile brightened my day whenever he was visting at Susan's house. It made my day to see him and get one of his special bear hugs. Prayers to you and your family. He will be missed but never forgotten.
With Sympathy,
Cortney Suerdieck

Amanda Lavelle
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time in the loss of Ethan here. God's peace be with you all.

With Heartfelt Sympathy,

Amanda & Dan Lavelle & Family

Elisabeth Albaugh
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
Dear Patti and the Saylor Family,

All of us here at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear of Ethan's passing, but we know that he is now whole and healthy in the best place there can possibly be. We wish you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

All our love,
Elisabeth Albaugh

Carol Lechner
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Dear Patti,

Janet told me about Ethan's death. As a mother of 3, I am heartbroken for you - part of you has died too. I am holding you in prayer - and one day you will rejoice again with Ethan.


Carol Lechner, Christ Episcopal School

Allison Wisenbaker
   Posted Tue February 19, 2013
To The Saylor Family: First, we do not know each other, I am from Florida, yet I want to express my sorrow. My heart aches for you, no words can heal the hurt you are feeling. Just looking at the messages and seeing pictures I know Ethan was loved by all who knew him and I'm sure he made friends quickly with those he did not know. May God be with you all during this time and the days that follow and in times when it is the hardest look above and know that Ethan is smiling down at you. My family will be releasing balloons tomorrow at the time of Ethan's service as a celebration of his life. God bless and keep you.

Allison Wisenbaker
Perry, FL

Jamie Rhoderick North
   Posted Tue February 19, 2013
Mrs. Dottie & family -

This is the first that I heard/realized of this horrible tragedy. I worked with Mrs. Dottie at the YMCA & knew Ethan when he was young. I am so sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Jamie Rhoderick North

   Posted Wed February 20, 2013
Hi, I did not know your son or your family. I heard of this on the Washington post. I am so sorry! I hope you get the answers your family deserves. My daughter is disabled also. She is also a hugger & a sweet person! I am praying for your family! Stay strong and keep being there for each other! Hugs from Nebraska!

   Posted Wed February 20, 2013
My heartfelt condolence to your family. I did not know your son and have never met him. But, I was so moved with sadness and shock with reading the stories of his muder by police officers that I thought I would write this. His death was such an avoidable tragedy. May you find justice. God bless you and your family.

Melissa Torrissi
   Posted Wed February 20, 2013
My heart breaks for your family and friends. May you rest in peace, sweet angel. GOD BLESS YOU and may JUSTICE BE SERVED and peace be kept within your loved ones souls. My daughter is 10mths old and was diagnosed at birth with DS. I can not imagine the pain in your hearts. I will make it part of my mission in life to teach people LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE as this is just not tolerable in our society. Keep your heads up and God speed.

Brian Walch
   Posted Wed February 20, 2013
While my family and I did not know Ethan, we are shocked and saddened by his untimely passing. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time. The Walch Family, Vienna, Virginia.

Maureen McMullen
   Posted Fri February 22, 2013
Patti and Family,
I've never met you, Ethan, or anyone in your family, but my heart breaks for you and your family. I wish there was more I could say, but I realize that there's not much anyone can say to ease the pain. I am hoping and praying for nothing but peace comfort for you, Ethan and your family. You will all be on my mind and in my prayers.
all the best,
Maureen M.

Bonnie and Aubrey Hellstrom
   Posted Sat February 23, 2013
We have a grandson with downs who is 21 years old. We love our three grandsons and Mattie, the oldest, is our grandson with Downs. We send our love and support to the family of Ethan Saylor.

We know of the love that a Downs child can give. Mattie Like Ethan is our love bug. He is always quick with a smile and a hug. 20 arms would not be enough for all of the hugging a Downs child can give.

We hope all the love you get from family, friends, and other get you through your loss.

Tim and Carol Beachy
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
Dear Patti and Ron,

With great sorrow we just learned of your most painful and tragic loss. Even though we have not seen either of you since Ethan was just a toddler, our hearts bleed for you. May you find some measure of peace as you move forward with your lives.

Carol and Tim Beachy

Chris Murphy
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
From my family to yours...I am extremely sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you

michele baker
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
May god lift your family in his arms and comfort you in this time. I don't know the Saylor family nor did I know Ethan but his story has moved me more than words can express. My twin brother has downs and my heart just breaks for your family. Please know that we are praying for all the family and loved ones.

Julie Hale
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
Our family sends our prayers and for Robert and his family and friends. Our son has Down Syndrome and is about Robert's age. We grieve for Robert as if we knew him, and deeply sympathize.

   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
Dear Saylor family, I express to you my deepest sympathy.
Ethan seems like he was a wonderful man. I do not know any of you, but caught wind of your story online (I am from Iceland). It touched my heart. I will be sending you all of my happy thoughts, and encourage you to think of the good times you had with Ethan.

Rob Arnold
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
Dear Saylor Family,

I cannot imagine the sense of loss you are feeling now that Ethan has moved on to spend eternity in heaven. Please know that there are people like me, people you have never met, that are praying for you.


Rob Arnold

Jennifer Gerrish
   Posted Fri April 05, 2013
I just wanted to reach out and share my love. I lost a daughter with special needs on Sept 11 2011 and know how much pain that made me feel. I also have a brother with Downs syndrome and he brings such light to our family! I pray for all of you and send my warm thoughts.

Much Love
Jennifer Gerrrish

William Farrell
   Posted Mon July 22, 2013
As a former special education teacher, I was so very sorry to read about your loss. What is even sadder is that he died in the hands of law enforcement, something that he had a great interest in. My sympathies to your family and to Ethan's friends.

Bill Farrell

   Posted Wed August 21, 2013
i sincerely wish your family the best you deff deserve what happen will make sure to keep ethan and his family in my prayer it really breaks my heart that something like that could happen god bless the saylor family i hope we can get justice for ethan

Tanya S. Merritt
   Posted Fri October 18, 2013
You do not know me...I just read about your beautiful son "Ethan". I just wanted you to know that his beautiful life and face touched my heart. My heart and prayers are with you. The world lost a beautiful Angel. May God Bless you.

Carla K.
   Posted Wed October 23, 2013
Hi Patti & Family,
I just saw story. Hard to believe he was 26. These Prayers come in faith that God will make his presence felt in your life through the peace and comfort that only God can give.
If you need anything feel free to call.

Dr. L. John Smith
   Posted Mon August 18, 2014
To the family of Ethan Saylor,
I apologize for the belatedness of this, however; after hearing about the loss of a caring, loving, human being that Ethan was and the tragic, unthinkable, and yes...unimaginable way he was taken from you and this world. . . I feel a need to reach out to you. Although i never met Ethan, I as I am sure many, feel like we have come to know him. To be sure, his generous spirit of love was a testament to the inherent power and responsibility we have to accept, respect, and understand the unique strengths, weaknesses, and limitations that is the fortification of a free society. I have read with great care of the genuine love and faith Ethan experienced and brought to others, I know that Ethan was received with the loving open arms of Jesus. While I hope and pray that this will be of some comfort to you, I know that we cannot allow our collective silence be our consent of the terrible injustice that forever stole him from this life. It is justice on Ethan's behalf that must befulfilled, if indeed we are one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all. I also hope and pray that the justice on Ethan's behalf that has thus to the present, elusive. . . will be forthcoming.
I will support you and your family any way I can. God bless Ethan and the entire Saylor family.



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