James A. “Jim” Panico, 82, formerly of North Haven, Wallingford, and Cheshire, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Masonicare, Wallingford, CT, after a brief illness, with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Lupoli Panico for 57 years. James was born in New Haven on May 5, 1933; son of the late Angelo and Rachel Fraulo Panico, and grew up in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven. Jim graduated from New Haven State Teachers College with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and from Fairfield University, with Master’s and Sixth Year degrees in Education. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in Germany. Jim was an elementary and junior high school teacher in the North Haven, CT school system for 37 years, where he also served as a reading specialist. He was an active member of his teacher’s union for which he served as treasurer. He also worked at the New Haven Lawn Club for more than 20 years. Jim enjoyed gardening, loved to swim and was a member of the Wallingford YMCA for over 45 years, and jogged long before it became a popular pastime. He was known for his social conscience and for advocating for the disadvantaged. He was father of Catherine A. Panico of Wallingford, Gregory S. Panico of Furlong, PA, and Christopher J. Panico (Bota) of Wallingford. Beloved grandfather of Camilla and James Panico. Brother of Anna Dadio and the late Joseph Panico (Rosemary). The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff of the Masonicare for the excellent comfort and care they provided to Jim.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Thursday morning at 9:15 am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Wallingford, at 10:00 am. Entombment will follow in the All Saints Mausoleum. The visiting hours will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8 pm.