Oliver B. Cassell Jr., 82, dental technician

August 07, 2004

Oliver Burnette Cassell Jr., a retired dental technician, died of Parkinson's disease Sunday at Joseph Richey Hospice Inc. He was 82 and lived in Catonsville.

Mr. Cassell was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Baltimore, where he graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1941.

Mr. Cassell studied to become a dental technician at Seldom and Hyte Dental Laboratory in downtown Baltimore. He became an expert in fashioning dentures, retainers, crowns, mouth guards and inlays, family members said.

Mr. Cassell retired in 1980 from Cooper Dental Laboratory.

He enjoyed listening to music and collecting big band, blues and jazz recordings. He also collected musical instruments.

"He always bought two of everything because he wanted to have a replacement if one wore out. A good friend of his said, `He didn't have one unless he had two,'" said a daughter, Camilla F. Cassell of Woodlawn.

Mr. Cassell, who was a member of the Optimist Club of Catonsville, enjoyed traveling to France, England, Sweden and the Caribbean.

He was a member for 70 years of Macedonia Baptist Church, Lafayette and Fremont avenues, where services will be held at noon Monday.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Cassell is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Irma Brodie; two sons, Carl A. Cassell of Baltimore and Christopher B. Cassell of Catonsville; another daughter, Cassandra E. McDonald of Catonsville; a sister, Lillian Stewart of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Elaine Stevens ended in divorce.

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