Joseph A. Panico, 84, formerly of Hamden and Naples, FL passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the St. Raphael campus/Yale-New Haven Hospital with his family by his side.  He was the beloved husband of 58 years to Rosemary Bosco Panico.  Joseph was born in New Haven on June 9, 1931; son of the late Angelo and Rachel Fraulo Panico; obtained his Bachelor degree from Southern Connecticut State University, his Masters and 6th year from Fairfield University.  He served his country faithfully as a Commander in the US Navy during the Korean War.  Joseph was a math and physical education teacher at Michael J. Whalen Junior High School, Principal of the Sleeping Giant Junior High School, Assistant Principal at Hamden High School, Health and Athletic Director for the Town of Hamden.  Joseph was also an avid golfer.  Father of Mark (Patricia) Panico, David (Barbara) Panico, Brad (Megan) Panico and Lisa (Stephen) Whalen.  Grandfather of Michael, John, Elizabeth, Natalie, Bryan(Gabriella), Benjamin and Isabella Panico, Carly, Olivia and Jack Whelan.  Brother of James (Shirley) Panico and Anna Dadio.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Friday morning at 9:30.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 10:00.  Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery.  The visiting hours will be Thursday (TODAY) from 5 to 8 pm.  Should friends desire, memorial  contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT  06492.