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Raheem Ali

November 19, 1952 ~ January 3, 2019 (age 66)

Raheem Ali, son of the late Thomas Smith and Dorothy (Fogg) Wheeler was born on November 19, 1952 in Delaware Memorial Hospital, he departed this life on January 3, 2019, in St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware.

Raheem received his early education in the public schools of Wilmington, Delaware and in the Bronx, New York, attending Bancroft Middle School and De La Warr High, in Wilmington Delaware and P.S. 50 and Herman Riddler High in the Bronx, New York.

Growing up between Delaware and New York, Raheem preferred the streets and excitement and freedom of living in New York, where, he ended up joining Job Corp; while in Job Corp, he learned brick masonry and took up boxing and became a Golden Glove Champion.  Raheem fought 80 fights during his boxing career.

In Job Corp, Raheem enlisted into the U.S. Army, during his years in the army Raheem spearheaded a physical education class, he served his country well for 4 years, from 1973-1977, where he received an honorable discharge in 1977 as a ranking Sergeant.

During Raheem’s years in the army he met and was united in Holy Matrimony to Phyllis Watson, and to this union was born two sons, Raheem Ali, Jr. & Adam Ali.

After his duty in the U.S. Army Raheem became employed by Chrysler Assembly Plant where he worked for 27 years as an Assembly worker before retiring.

Because of his desire to make a good life for him and his family, Raheem became a Realtor, where he owned and rented out numerous homes.

Later in life, Raheem ventured out and moved to Baltimore MD. where he met and married his wife Jasmine Ali, in 2002. Raheem loved living in Baltimore because he enjoyed the atmosphere, the activities and the night life of the city of Baltimore.

All who knew Raheem knew he was a realist, because of his Army training, Raheem’s moto was to always be prepared and he was well known for saying “it’s a beautiful thing”.  Raheem was an avid boxing fan, he collected all the major boxing fights and enjoyed discussing his favorite boxer who was Muhammed Ali, he also enjoyed watching the oldies but goodies tv shows, like the Honey Mooners, Columbo, Sanford & Son, western movies and other vintage tv shows. Raheem was a rebel who had a heart of gold, he also took pride in his family, he always stated that we came from “Good Stock”, Raheem always reached out to his family members, just to hear our voices and to see how we were doing.

Raheem enjoyed learning new things and sharing things that could benefit his family. Raheem was well loved and will truly be missed by his family and friends.

Raheem was proceeded in death by his wife Jasmine Ali, his parents, Thomas Smith and Dorothy Fogg-Wheeler, his maternal grandparents Glean & Everlean Fogg, his sister Pamela Dunham, his brother Arnold Fogg, two aunts Margaret Gabbin and Carrie Watkins, three uncles Willard Fogg, William Fogg and John Fogg.

Raheem leaves to cherish his memories his sons Raheem Ali, Jr. and Adam Ali, his daughter in law Nichole Ali, two grandsons Kemeron and Kyle Johnson, his siblings Shirley Smith-Hill, Dennis Fogg, Doretha Jones (Lonzo), Marva Fogg, Ace Fogg, Lionel Fogg, Phyllis Brown (Andre), and his beloved Aunt Betty Coverdale, his aunts, Cora Fogg and Bernice Fogg, devoted family members, his cousins Marcelle Watkins & Camille Watkins, and his niece Lynette Walley, who all cared for him and helped support him during his health struggles, his friend Steve, and a host of other loving nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces, nephews and family members.

                                                                                                             Lovingly Submitted,

                                                                                                                   The Family

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