John J. Antal, 92, a longtime Framingham resident died Thursday, July 19, 2018. Born in Taylor, PA the son of the late Joseph J. & Anna (Belensky) Antal, he was the beloved husband of the late Berniece (Baumann) for 57 years.
Raised and educated in Taylor, PA, he went on to attend the University of Scranton, and later graduated from St. Louis University with a Masters degree and Ph.D. in physics and math. He proudly served his country during WWII in the Army, and went on to work for the government at various research facilities, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY and spent the last 21 years of his career as a research physicist at Watertown Arsenal in Watertown, MA.
Dr. Antal held memberships in the American Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society of Nondestructive Testing. He held a patent for a method for recording Fast Neutron Radiographic Images. John was a private consultant at UMASS Lowell, and Harvard, and was frequent public speaker in scienetific and technical literature at meetings and seminars.
Devout Catholics, John and his wife Berniece were facilitators for World Wide Marriage Engaged Encounter weekend in five New England states for ten years. He was an active member of St. George Parish where he helped renovate the basement offices and classrooms, and proudly sang in the choir for more than 20 years, in addition served as a lector. He relished his time volunteering in the Catholic Chaplaincy at MCI Framingham.
John loved to teach people, whether it was home repair, photography, woodworking, or physics.
He is survived by his son, Christopher J. of Marlborough, his grandson Marcus of Framingham, and four siblings. Besides his wife and parents, John is predeceased by his daughter Anita Keefe, and 2 brothers.
Family and friends will honor and remember John’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham on Monday, July 23rd from 4 – 7 P.M. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday morning in St. George Church, 74 School St., Saxonville, at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in John’s name to St. George Parish, 74 School St., Framingham, MA 01701.
St. George Parish
74 School Street, Framingham MA 01701