Harold Cramer

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Harold Cramer, 88, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2013. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. His final days were spent surrounded by his family and loved ones. Mr. Cramer, who lived in Alexandria, VA, was born in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Cramer was the recipient of a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during World War II, at the Battle of the Bulge, while serving as a medic in the Sixth Armored Division of Patton's Third Army. After the war, he took over the family textile business in Philadelphia and transitioned it to a successful paper-brokerage. Mr. Cramer was an active member of the communities he lived in over the years. Most notably, he enjoyed serving as a volunteer for the Alexandria Symphony, as the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans in Annapolis, and speaking to seriously wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center. Mr. Cramer is survived by his wife Barbara Cramer (nee Axelrod) and their three sons, Jonathan (Rebekah), Joshua (Melissa), and Adam (Keiko). He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah.Graveside service was held at Congregation Kneseth Israel Cemetery, in Annapolis, MD, on Monday, February 18. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington, VA or the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be placed at:

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 19, 2013
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