Paul R. Antic, 79, of St.Marys, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at his residence.
The only child of the late Paul and Mary Homage Antic, Paul was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Throughout his active life, Paul volunteered endless hours of community service to a variety of organizations. While living in Bradford Woods, Pennsylvania, Paul coached Little League, and led Boy Scout 344. There he guided three scouts in his troop to become Eagle Scouts. He also influenced youths while volunteering at Junior Achievement in Pittsburgh. Paul was a volunteer firefighter and treasurer for the Bradford Woods VFDover12 years. After working at U.S. Steel for 22years, Paul took an early retirement. Soon after, Paul accepted a full time position with the U.S. Coast Guard at the headquarters in Washington D.C. He and his wife Penny moved there, and Paul also took on the job as treasurer of the Riverside Condominium Association where they resided. Finally, after an unprecedented 42 years of service to the U.S. Coast Guard, Paul and Penny moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia. Ten years later, they decided to settle in St. Marys, Georgia. Never letting age slow him down, Paul took on a part time job at Jacksonville Airport and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, the Submarine Museum and the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. The intricacy and attention to his model railroad was breathtaking. Paul managed to find time to restore and repair cars in the garage he built with his father. Paul had a passion for woodwork. He spent many hours in his woodshop where he crafted countless pieces of handmade wooden toys and furniture. His talents in carpentry and electrical work enabled him to build additions to and remodel all four of his residences. Despite his devotion to the community, Paul dedicated himself to spending quality time with his four children and four grandchildren. The vacations and trips he took his family on became lifelong memories, so much so that his children and grandchildren carry on the traveling tradition that he started. Music was the soundtrack to Paul’s life. His love of all kinds of music from Sinatra to Santana was contagious. All of his friends and family will remember him fondly serenading them with his calling card: “Happy Trails’. Paul attended St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, Kingsbay Naval Base. Survivors include his wife, Penny Antic of St. Marys; Children, Richard Antic and wife Jodie of Burlington VT, Maryann Antic of Pittsburgh, PA, Kimm Antic and husband Jerry Interval of Brunswick, and Pam Herman and husband Tom of Kingsland; grandchildren, Jason Antic, Paul J. Antic, Zoe Ray, and Ashley Interval; great grandchild, Maddox Antic.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Fr. Mariusz Fuks officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 1 pm with Military Honors.
Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.