Elias David Weinstock, 20 of Bexley, died unexpectedly at his college residence in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 2021.

He was born on Feb. 10, 2001, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, to parents Michael and Beth Weinstock. From that moment forward, he was loved more than any son or brother ever was, and he knew that love every moment of his too-short life.

In order to survive this grief, his family will remember his swift and sharp wit, his appetite for experience and connection with people, and his loyalty to his beloved family. Eli recently bought his family a Monopoly game for the holidays, just so we could spend more time together — or maybe so he could beat his siblings — but either way, the game and his presence brought us so much joy.

Eli was in his sophomore year at American University, majoring in marketing and communications. He loved to explore the capital (sometimes on a dirt bike), lift weights and skateboard. Eli had a kind heart and was fiercely protective of the people he loved. He completed an internship in the preschool room of a Spanish-speaking community center in Washington, D.C., and said this was the best part of college. In high school, he won the Temple Israel Madrichim of the Year award for his powerful and compassionate connection with young children, and we know he was really proud of this award.

He truly packed so much into only twenty years – he was an avid snowboarder, explorer, filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino aficionado, Lego master, and friend to all who crossed his path. He and his mom rode 100 miles for Pelotonia; he backpacked through the Tetons with his dad. He had an uncanny ability to move between different groups of friends, and make those groups connect; perhaps he knew how fleeting and precious human connection can be.

Eli is survived by his parents and his siblings Olivia (21), Theo (16) and Annie (13); his grandmother, Carole Johnson; grandparents, Frank and Saragale Weinstock of Florida; his aunt and uncle, Dave and Nicole Johnson; aunt and uncle, Lillian Archbold and Jeffrey Weinstock; aunt and uncle, Jill and Ted Deutch; and beloved cousins, Della, Perry and Harper Johnson, Kyle and Ryan Weinstock, Cole and Serena and Gabby Deutch; as well as many other relatives. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, David Johnson, after whom he is named. We would love to list all of his friends but thankfully the list is too long.

A private graveside funeral service was held March 7.

The family requests donations be made to Bexley Education Foundation (bexleyeducationfoundation.org) in memory of Eli Weinstock, to provide future need-based scholarship opportunities.

Online guest book at epsteinmemorial.com.