Sherry Stotsky kept nearly everything from her four kids' childhoods.

She stored it all away - from the baby curls of their first haircuts to crafts they made in school.

And Sherry Stotsky still has the drawing that her then- 3-year-old son Rob Stotsky did of the go-kart he wanted one day.

Even from an early age, Sherry Stotsky said, her son had a love of anything that had an engine.

As a kid, he would round up his brother and sisters to take apart the lawn mower. And as an adult, he never balked at an opportunity to work on a car.

Rob Stotsky, 26, of McSherrystown, was killed Tuesday afternoon on Route 97 in Mount Joy Township when his motorcycle struck a fence and utility pole.

 Rob Stotsky is shown in a picture sitting in the go-kart he was working on in his basement. Stotsky’s family and friends said he loved anything that
Rob Stotsky is shown in a picture sitting in the go-kart he was working on in his basement. Stotsky's family and friends said he loved anything that had wheels.


On Wednesday evening, friends and family gathered at the site to remember him.

Among those in attendance was Stotsky's girlfriend, Jamie Farley, 24. The two had been together for five years and have a 16-month-old son, Teigen.

"He was an amazing person," Farley said.

Stotsky, a Littlestown High School graduate, had been working at BFPE International for a few years, family said. The company installs fire sprinklers and security systems. In his free time, loved ones said, if he wasn't working on a car, he was with his family.

He would spend hours playing video games with Farley's 6-year-old son Hayden. Last Sunday, he took Teigen out on a father-son fishing trip at Codorus State Park.

Stotsky was the kind of man who would do anything for anyone, family members said.

"If you wanted something done, you'd ask him," said his grandmother, Pansy Duck, of Littlestown.

He would chop down bushes and mow the lawns of his mother's friends because he knew someone had to do it. He'd fix any car problem anyone in the family was having.

"No matter what it was," Sherry Stotsky said, "he'd do it."

As friends and family came to the site where Rob Stotsky lost his life, they left behind little mementos. Teigen sat a stuffed teddy bear next to a wooden cross. Friends left red and white roses. And someone placed a yellow Matchbox car in the tall grass.

"Anything that had wheels," Sherry Stotsky said, "he loved."

Last year, when Farley was still pregnant with Teigen, Rob Stotsky started building his own go-kart. It was supposed to be for everyone in the family to enjoy, Farley said.

It was almost done, though not quite. Farley said Stotsky's friends will finish the go-kart.

It's funny, but when Sherry Stotsky saw her son working on it last year, it looked familiar.

It looked like the drawing he did as a little boy. She showed it to him, and he laughed.

"See," he told his mother that day, "it's been in my head for awhile."