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Harry A. Cissel Jr., sales executive

Harry A. Cissel Jr., vice president of sales at Amato Industries, a manufacturer of dry cleaning supplies in Silver Spring, from 1972 until his retirement in 2007, died June 23 at an assisted living facility in Williamsburg, Va. He was 84.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son-in-law Rich Padgett.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cissel worked in sales at Morris & Eckels and Manhattan Laundry, dry cleaning supply stores that had operated in the District.

Harry Anthony Cissel Jr. was born in Columbia, S.C., and raised in Silver Spring, where he was a 1946 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School. After graduation, he served two years in the Marine Corps.

He was past president of the MidAtlantic Association of Cleaners and lived in Silver Spring before settling in Williamsburg in 2008.

His wife of 55 years, Patricia DeAgro Cissel, died in 2005. Survivors include three children, Debbie Barolet of Bethany Beach, Del., Laurie Padgett of Williamsburg and Richard Cissel of Grand Ledge, Mich.; a sister, Joyce Shegogue of Cambridge, Md.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

— Megan McDonough

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