Witzke Funeral Homes Inc.

5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD


Eric Brian Powell

April 21, 1984July 22, 2020

Eric Brian Powell, 36, of Ellicott City, MD, passed away suddenly early in the morning on July 22nd as a result of complications from Becker Muscular Dystrophy.

Eric was a beloved son and brother, a devoted friend, and a unique presence in the lives of those he touched. He is survived by his mother, Miriam Powell, née Riesner, of Ellicott City; his sister Kristen Monteleone, née Powell, of Covington, LA and her husband Michael; his half-brother Jeffrey Powell of Leesburg, VA, and his wife Geri Powell; his half-sisters Penni Powell of Bel Air, MD and Sharon Powell of Hanover, MD; and his nephews Chris Keeney of West Palm Beach, FL; Andrew Powell of Leesburg, VA; Ryan Powell of Sterling, VA; and Logan Powell of Hanover, MD. He was predeceased by his father, Barry Powell of Ellicott City, MD.

While his Muscular Dystrophy held him back at times, Eric was always ready to navigate an obstacle and have new experiences. He made new friends, explored new interests, and traveled without letting his challenges hold him back.

Eric attended Shippensburg University where he majored in marketing and made life-long friends. He had a good sense of humor and an infectious laugh that made a good drinking buddy and a fantastic opponent. He regularly obliterated family, friends, and strangers at Scrabble and Words with Friends and easily befriended those he beat at poker. He loved the Baltimore Orioles, despite their terrible record, and the emotional release of listening to heavy metal. There were few things he enjoyed more than eating and drinking, especially the new beers he tried and the hot sauce he collected.

Visitations will be held at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., at 5555 Twin Knolls Rd in Columbia, MD on Friday, July 24 from 2-4 pm and from 6-8 pm. (Due to gathering size limits there may be a wait to enter the building. Facemasks are required). A private service will be held on Saturday, July 25 at 2 pm for immediate family via invitation only. Those that wish to view the service are able to so on Zoom via https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86776022908 or can listen at 301-715-8592 with meeting code 867 7602 2908#

In lieu of flowers, and in support of others who fight the challenges that Eric strove to overcome, the family asks for donations to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy at parentprojectmd.org.


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020


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Virginia LeRoy

July 25, 2020

I just can’t seem to find the right words to say to you Miriam and so I’ll just say I will carry you, Kristen and Eric in my heart smothering you with prayers of Peace & Comfort.
Hugs to you and your family
Ginny LeRoy

paul Giannandrea

July 24, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Eric's passing. I only have fond memories of him as a younster and his friendships with my children.

My prayers are with his family.

Miranda Sweet

July 23, 2020

Eric was the sort of friend who you knew was always there for you even if life’s busyness had gotten in the way of regular conversation. I first met Eric in 2014. I was fresh out of graduate school and working at my first job as an occupational therapist. Eric was one of the first clients I had the pleasure of working with, and I remember always looking forward to his appointments. Although he wasn’t always the most compliant with my therapy recommendations, he began a tradition that continued years after our professional relationship ended of sending me a happy birthday message written in the therapy putty I had recommended. He has never missed a birthday. It was the type of easy connection I had with Eric which inspired my confidence when I was just a newbie. We became personal friends when I moved to a different job later that year. Eric was fiercely loyal, a quality which is a rare find these days. He made great efforts to be there for me such as attending my wedding and housewarming party which were not in the most accessible places. My last memory of Eric is throwing back a craft beer at the Maryland Renessaince Festival last year. I will never forget his carefree spirit as it stood in opposition of my tendency to worry too much. He always reminded me to relax, take life as it comes, and make the best of it. I am so sad he is gone and know I am not alone. I will miss you terribly.

Eric Hammond

July 23, 2020

Eric has been an incredible friend & I cherish all of the memories we have shared together as friends & becoming like family. What I respect & admire most about Eric is that he is 100% genuine. He always has his own opinion & would let you know what he thinks or feels with no filter. He was always down for a crazy adventure & would add such a great dynamic to any occasion with his optomism & willingness to try new things. He makes friends everywhere he goes & definitely leaves a lasting impression. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to share these memories with Eric & his family.
He was a phenomenal poker player
Racking up many tournament wins, winning prestigious awards in a national league & always made us laugh.
He will truly be missed & will always be in my thoughts & prayers.
God bless you & your family

Ali Kalarestaghi

July 23, 2020

Wow, I am so sorry to see Eric gone. We grew up as next door neighbors and to see this picture of Eric, I can't believe how his smile and light didn't fade under the stress of adulthood and all of the health challenges that he had to juggle. We only have fond memories of Eric and even decades after seeing him, he left his impact on my brother Hossein, my mom Teri, and I. We are so sorry for the loss. :-(

Molly Sasso

July 23, 2020

I've been missing him recently since their has been no poker because of Covid. I was talking about him to a friend just last week. He always had a smile. Eric crushed me everytime we played Words with Friends. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy for the families loss. Eric was an intelligent, kind soul. Hugs.


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