John T. Grail


John T. Grail, who retired in 1990 as president of Boiler Pressure Vessels Inspection Agency Inc., which inspects boilers under contract to the federal government, died Saturday in his sleep of apparent heart disease at his home on Honeysuckle Drive in Bel Air.

Services for Mr. Grail, 64, were being held today at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville.

He founded the company after retiring in 1987 as chief boiler inspector for the State Division of Labor and Industry, having worked for the state since 1972. Earlier, he was an inspector for the Lumberman Mutual Insurance Co. for two years.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Harford Community College.

During World War II, he was a merchant seaman before serving in a Navy Construction Battalion. In 1952, he returned to the Navy as a machinist's mate, retiring in 1970 as a chief petty officer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Turner; four daughters, Cheryl Ann Graff of Columbia, Karen Denise Uyesugi of Riverdale, Ga., Dawn Mari Grail of Baltimore and Lurene G. Wheatley of Easton: his mother, Eva L. Williams of Bel Air; a brother, Louis E. Williams of Baltimore; two sisters, Helen Patricia Supik of Bel Air and Anna Lynn Simpson of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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