Dana Russell Cromartie, a former hospital orderly and sports fan, died of heart failure Jan. 18 at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Cherry Hill resident was 50.
Mr. Cromartie was born in Baltimore and raised in Cherry Hill. He attended Southern High School and later earned a General Educational Development diploma.
He served in the Army and, from 1978 to 1979, was a youth supervisor for CETA, a federally funded jobs program.
He later worked at Alford Packing Co., and was an orderly at the now-closed Crownsville State Hospital from the early 1980s until the 1990s, when he retired on a medical disability.
He enjoyed roller skating and collecting baseball memorabilia.
"He has been characterized by some as being a motivational speaker," said his daughter, Chereise Monise Bobo of Windsor Mill. "By sharing his experiences, ideas and views on life, he was able to touch many."
He was a 47-year member of Shiloh Christian Community Church.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.
Also surviving are his parents, Joseph R. Cromartie and Marian Cromartie-Fulton of Baltimore; a stepfather, Jesse L. Fulton of Baltimore; a stepmother, Ruth Cromartie of Baltimore; three brothers, Andre Cromartie of Baltimore, Deral Lee of New Jersey, and Marvin Cromartie of North Carolina; three sisters, Cheryl V. Wainwright, Monette P. Manigault and Carolyn Cromartie, all of Baltimore; and a grandson.