W. Barry Cassell Jr.


W. Barry Cassell Jr., a native of Baltimore and a retired television actor, died last Tuesday of pneumonia at a hospital in Doylestown, Pa., the community where he lived for 22 years before he moved to Newtown, Pa., three years ago.

Services for Mr. Cassell, 74, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills.

Services also will be held at noon today at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home in Richboro, Pa.

In the 1950s, he played the role of Ace Bancroft in the CBS soap opera, "Action in the Afternoon."

He also appeared on "Playhouse 90," "Drama Workshop," "In the Park," "The Big Story," and "TV Detective," all series that were broadcast by CBS or NBC.

Before his retirement about 15 years ago, he also appeared as an actor or narrator in many commercials and industrial films.

He was a graduate of St. James School in St. James, near Hagerstown, and of the University of Maryland.

He served in the Army during World War II, taking part in the Normandy landing on D-Day.

His wife, the former Edith Ritter, died in 1987.

He is survived by two sons, John W. Cassell of Albuquerque, N.M., and W. Barry Cassell III of Honolulu; two stepdaughters, Patricia Robertson of Buckingham, Pa., and Judith Weiss of Doylestown; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Headmaster's Fund at St. James School, St. James, Md. 21781.

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