I am so sad and my heart is heavy to hear of Mike's passing. He was a dear friend and whenever I see a flock of geese flying overhead I think of him and how he gave me lessons on how to handle a shot gun at his beloved "Rolles Range." He was definitely a man's man and a gentleman. Mike made a lasting impression on those he knew and met. He will be dearly missed by many but his legacy and memories will live on. To Mike's family, I am sorry for your loss!
Stephanie, I am so sorry for you and your family. I just heard today about your Dad. It was obvious how close your relationship was with your Dad. I know personally from the many times he talked about you to Bob and I that he adored you and you were his pride and joy. It's so hard to lose people we love. I lost my Dad and we were very close like you and your father. Your love for him will keep him close in your heart. I lost my Dad and Bob just three weeks apart January of 2004. Now Mike and Bob are together and probably working on a budget. Stephanie my email is email@example.com. Drop me a line I would love to hear from you. I will look and see if I have some pictures from our trip to Jerusalem and if so will get you copies. Hugs sweetie, Nancy
I got to know Mike first as a member of the Alexandria City Council and later as a member of the Virginia State Senate. Mike was that rare public citizen who cared about the City where he did several developments and the State at large. and did not shy from speaking his mind about public needs. In particular, he was a leader in advocating better transportation planning and funding. He not afraid of raising taxes for this purpose This was part of his "full and colorful life" and I will miss him.
The Board and Staff of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay express our sincere condolences to Mr. Erkiletian's family and friends. It is clear that Mr. Erkiletian had a real passion for life and embraced his family, his faith and his community with that same passion.
Mike Erkiletian donated his time and expertise to the Alliance, serving on its Board, and approached his business with sensitivity to the environment that was noteworthy. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is grateful that Mr. Erkiletian and his family chose us for memorial donations and we thank all who have shared with us their memories of Mr. Erkiletian and who have generously donated to the Alliance.
We will continue to do our best to honor Mr. Erkiletian's memory by continuing our work of Chesapeake Bay restoration through programs that engage communities throughout the watershed to heal the land and be stewards of their local rivers and streams.
At the end of the Robb Administration I was worried about my next job...what would I do that I like as much as this? Out of the blue, my friend Mike called me about something different, but I soon brought him into my confidence...."what am I going to do?" I asked Mike. He said "...let me share an old Armeanian Provberb with you Laurie.....I responded, Mike, I need a job not a provberb...He cotinued "....how do you find your way to Jerusalem?...You ASK!" He said...go ahead, ask...what do you want to do? All they can do is tell you 'no'..then go on with the next job wish.." I have repeated this 1000 times, I have re-run this conversation in my mind one-million times. This conversation will stick with me forever. Mike and only Mike would have the wisdom, real wisdom, to powerfully use this proverb to motivitate me for a lifetime. The Erkiletian family is in my prayers and always will be, just like Mike's proverb. Laurie Naismith
To the entire Erkiletian family, I am so sorry about the loss of Mike. He will always be in my heart and loved as though he was my family. My life is full of memories of Mike and all of you. To Stefanie, Michael, Alex, Mihran and Samuel, I love you all. Also my heart goes out to Margaret, Bea and Jackie (I have such fond memories of our times together). I wanted to be there in person but instead I am in spirit. Also, love to Josephine, Betty and of course Karen Wax, who is a big part of the family. Please give my love and prayers to everyone I and Kenny knew and loved. We will be able to give a small gift to Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, which is dear to us, in Mike's name. Our love always to you all and I love you Mike!
Love, Wendy & Kenny Trawick
My thoughts and prayers are with the extended Erkiletian family.
It was a privilege working at The Center Club for Mr. Erkiletian and his family. A good man, who worked out when he could and he made time to say hello to the staff. My heart and prayers are for Stefanie, Alex and Michael. He is at peace!
Mike and I met in 1964. We became close personal friends and business friends. Mike taught me about investing in real estate. Mike and I went hunting and skeet shooting together before he bought his farm on the eastern shore. He was my best friend. He was one of the most generous and finest people I know. I will sorely miss him.
During my service as Director of Commerce during Governor Robb's administration, I had no confidante who was wiser, more compassionate, more loyal or more brutally honest than Mike. He was a treasured friend and mentor. Virginia is a much better place today because of the work of this great man. His memory will live in the hearts of all who knew him and his accomplishments will benefit many generations to come.
Stefanie and family, we at Parker Rodriguez are deeply saddened by the loss of your father. He has left a strong and valuable legacy that we know you will continue to build upon. We are honored and grateful to have had the chance to be part of your team!
Aygehovit Kindergarten and Dilijan Charitable Soup-Kitchen staff deeply saddened to hear the loss of Mike Erkiletian. Everyone who met Mike when he was in Armenia cherish the memories of the times when he visited them. He will always be remembered by unmatched generosity, big heart and his great deeds.
Gagik Davtian and Hayk Rashidyan
I knew Mike for 22 years and he played a major role in my life and my carrier. He was a great man with a big heart, and an undying love for children.
He was a visionary creating beautiful buildings from an idea to realization. His buildings can be found throughout our area. He also possessed great character and was extremely proud of his Armenian heritage. He was particularly proud of the Kindergarten and Soup kitchen he founded and supported in Armenia.
Mike left behind a great family, and considered his employees as a second family. I will truly miss him.
To the Erkiletian Family,
Mike was more than just a client and friend to me. Yes, we had great times together working on deals, hunting, traveling and raising some hell. But most importantly, Mike was the most generous person, a great mentor and example to me over nearly thirty-five years. He was the primary reason I began my business fifteen (15) years ago.
I miss him every day!
My sincere condolences to the Erkiletian family on your loss. I have many happy memories of your family on Wahtenaw in Chicago. Remembering Myron as always being kind to everyone, a very special person.
To the family of Myron Erkiletian may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philippiams 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
We offer our condolences to the Erkiletian family.Draw close to God during this difficult time.
We have so many wonderful memories of good times spent with Mike and his family! We send much love to all of you.
Angela and Jeffrey Glosser
Mike, Bill and I shared so many good memories and fun times. You will be missed. Now you and Bill can hunt and fish together once again.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Mihran: My thoughts and heart are with you and your family. I never had the chance to meet your dad but know through all the years talking to you about him that you and your brother have been inspired and motivated by his determination and fight to live life as well and as long as he could. I love you sweetheart!
Mike was so naturally a robust human and a leader to all of us in Real Estate
that the Human Race faces a great loss. He was a man of solutions in business and took challenges with grace , intellect and confidence was evidenced by his leadership. My best to his family at this time but remember he helped us all in so many ways.
Duke Brannock Chevy Chase, MD
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
From Lorri Oakes Mechem
Hi Jennifer, Leslie & Kim:
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I never met him but, judging from his obit., he must have been quite a guy.
You (hopefully) will remember me, especially Jennifer. It's been a long time since we last had any contact. I would love to catch up with any and all of you. Jennifer, I was just telling someone the other day about how you used to like to eat Milkyways with the wrapper still on!. We had a lot of good times at The Commons and Deerfield. If you would like, you could contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my home number, (540) 349-7978.
Again, my condolences over your loss. Lorri
The Lord welcomed him into this world; His angels have ushered him out.
He will welcome him into the next one too; this I have no doubt.
Be patient with him dear Lord, for he has a lion's roar.
Please welcome him with love; through the heavenly doors.
Welcome him where all each day is new;from the evening moon come shining through, to the morning dew.
Welcome him dear Lord into your sweet rest; hold him close as we have most, unto thine own breast.
My love and prayers are with the entire Erkiletian family.
Hold close the memories of our friend Mike. There are few that lived life to its fullest and shared it with so many - Mike is already missed. Heartfelt condolences to his family.
Myron was one of my best friends at Kelvyn Park High School and was a fun loving guy that relly enjoyed life. He will be dewarly missed by all who new him.
How nice to read of all the accomplishments in Myron's life. His family must be so proud of him. I was a classmate of his at Goethe Elementary and Kelvyn Park H.S. in Chicago. My deepest sympathy to his family.
I knew Myron as a fellow classmate at Kelvyn High School in Chicago. He was a wonderful person. I always knew he'd do great things in life. My condolences to his family and friends. May loving memories console you in your loss.
I knew Myron as a fellow classmate at Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago. He was a wonderful person, even then, and I always knew he'd do great things in life. My condolences to his family and friends. May happy and loving memories console you in your loss.
Condolences to Marge, Beatrice and Jackie on the passing of your brother and my childhood friend from Goethe School and Kelvyn Park High School.
We reconnected at a NewYears party at Marge's condo in Chicago. . He will be missed by me and the 54 Class of KPHS.
Mihran was one in a million. He was as close as I got to having a brother. My mom ( Rose) and Mihran's mom ( Aunt Lucy) are welcoming him in heaven! They were his biggest fans!
Mike was committed to improving the quality of life and opportunities for everybody in the region. His broad and deep network of family and friends are an incredible legacy. He touched the lives of many and left an imprint that will last for generations.
Mike was a friend,a mentor, a major contributor to the quality of life in the METRO area and with a personality ,in many ways, larger than life. I will miss him. .
Stephanie and Family,
Although I did not personally know your dad, Terri and Ed have spoken so much and so lovingly about him I feel as if I did. I don't have to tell you that he must have been a larger than life figure who touched the lives of so many. I know that your family will draw strength from his memory and carry with you always the multiple facets that symbolized his life.
My sincerest condolences to you all.