Irvin N. Dashiells Musician, salesman

November 14, 1990

Services for Irvin N. Dashiells, a musician and retired jewelry salesman, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. Dashiells, who was 78, died Monday of cancer at his home on Hartmont Road in the Catonsville area.

He retired in 1974 after many years of selling jewelry, which he would take to customers' homes. Earlier, he sold other goods door-to-door.

He taught music, played saxophone and lead a band, since being certified as a saxophone teacher by the Kaspar School of Music while still in his teens. Many of his early engagements were in speakeasies during Prohibition, he said.

Mr. Dashiells was born in Baltimore and educated at a predecessor of the Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

As a child, he played violin until he broke the instrument in an argument when he was 11 years old and his father replaced it with a saxophone, he said in an interview last spring.

He was the leader for many years of the Avalon Dance Orchestra and for about the last 15 years of the Charm City Orchestra.

After the Charm City Orchestra made several appearances at nursing homes, Mr. Dashiells, who often joked with the audience, wrote a tune the orchestra plays regularly, "Arthritis Rock."

He is survived by his wife, the former Marie M. Brinn; three sons, Irvin N. Dashiells Jr. of Key Largo, Fla., Frederick P. Dashiells of Baltimore and Terry A. Dashiells of Melbourne, Fla.; two daughters, Deborah Reddinger of Pasadena and Denise Kelehan of Baltimore; a brother, Milton F. Dashiells of Baltimore; and several grandchildren.

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