Born on March 3, 1955, Dante Curtis DeRossett was the son to a real coal miner’s daughter, Pearlie Winnis Harmon and the only father Curt ever knew Ed Wheatley, Sr. Curt was proceeded in death by both Pearl to breast cancer, Ed to complications from surgery and his beloved brother, Eddie Wheatley Jr. who died following his fight from lung cancer.
Curt graduated from Catonsville Senior High in 1973 and later from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland. Curt moved and transplanted his whole family to the simple life on the Eastern Shore. Curt worked as both a bartender and waiter for the best establishments Ocean City had to offer. Once referred to as "The Real Mayor of Ocean City!" by many including Jim Mathias. Curt was always a great friend and mentor to so many including summer workers who all mourn with his passing.
Curt is survived by his sole surviving brother, “Coach Bill” or William Wheatley; sister-in-law, Betty; a nephew, Billy “Baseball” Wheatley and a niece, Raven Wheatley.
An online, informal wake, will be held soon. Check Curt's DeRossett memories group on Facebook for details. A formal memorial service will be held at a future date after this social distancing comes to an end because Curt would want a celebration of his life and no celebration with Curt would be without socializing.
Words of Sympathy can be sent to his brothers address, 104 Graham Avenue, Berlin MD 21811. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made on behalf of Curt to the American Cancer Society, Coastal Hospice, or any COVID-19 charity.
Lastly, the family would like to thank everyone who always were right there with Curt throughout his fight because of how much they loved him! God Bless You All... Curt Is Up There Hanging Ten in the Endless Summer in The Sky.
Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation & Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.easternshorecremation.com.