Charles M. "Buck" Pascal, 93, a retired liquor distributor in the Washington area, died May 3 of congestive heart failure at
Brighton Gardens in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Pascal was born in the District and worked in various family businesses while attending school. He graduated from Central
High School in 1933.
His family had been in the wholesale liquor industry for many years and during Prohibition sold soda fountain equipment. Mr.
Pascal, who turned 21 the year Prohibition was repealed, was a salesman for the company.
Rated 4-F during World War II, he worked at night in a gun-turret manufacturing plant in Riverdale, while continuing his day job
as a salesman. He also volunteered as an air-raid warden.
After the war, he owned a distributorship, Pascal Inc., selling beer, wine and liquor to Washington area package stores and
restaurants. In 1968, at age 55, he sold the business and retired. His daughter recalled that he always said he was made an
offer he couldn't refuse.
In retirement, he invested in various real estate projects in the Washington area, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Texas.
He also served as president of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, as president of the Seaboard Region of United
Synagogue and as a national vice president of United Synagogue. He was a member of Kesher Israel Congregation and the
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and contributed to various charitable organizations. The street that leads from
B'nai Israel to East Jefferson Street is Edith and Charles Pascal Drive.
Mr. Pascal's wife, Edith Pascal, died in 2003.
Survivors include three children, Paula Levine of Potomac, Evelyn Pascal of the District and Sam Pascal of Dunn Loring; six
grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.