David M. Alex, a warehouse forklift operator and sports enthusiast, died of a heart attack March 10 while at work. The Southeast Baltimore resident was 50.
Friends said that Mr. Alex was talking to co-workers about the University of Maryland men's basketball team's recent overtime win over the University of Virginia when he was stricken. He worked for Belts Logistics Services in Southeast Baltimore.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Edward J. Alex, a Navy veteran and Pep Boys salesman, and Dorothy Welsh, a homemaker. He was a graduate of Patterson High School.
"You could not believe the amount of sports this guy knew. He didn't just know baseball and football. He knew hockey and basketball and soccer, too," said Clyte Franklin, who owns the Angle Inn, an O'Donnell Street tavern where Mr. Alex was a regular patron. "He was a wonderful human being. He was always helping out around here. Everybody knew him."
Mr. Alex began his association with the Angle Inn as a batboy for a softball team sponsored by the sports bar. He accompanied the team to games at Patterson Park, Merritt Beach and other locations.
Friends said Mr. Alex worked occasionally as a bar back and helped keep the numerous televisions operating at the bar. He was also considered a master of sports history on Trivia Nights.
"He loved spending time with his friends," said a brother, Paul Alex of Dundalk. "He was always standing in the background making quiet jokes that were hilarious."
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Angle Inn, 5805 O'Donnell St.
In addition to his brother, survivors include two other brothers, Mark Alex of White Marsh and Steven Alex of Baltimore.