John A. Panico, age 73, a lifelong resident of Lansdale, died early Tuesday morning, August 26, at Abington Memorial Hospital. He had been in failing health.
Born in Norristown he was the son of the late Fred and Mary Molettiere Panico. He is survived by his loving wife Doreen L. (Wilson) Panico.
Mr. Panico was the owner/operator of the former Molettiere’s Café which is now known as Panico’s Neighborhood Grill and Sports Tavern.
An active member of many Civic and Social Organizations, he was the treasurer of Cannoneers Sportsman Club for 30 years, a member of the Lansdale Rotary Club, and a 3rd Degree with the Knights of Columbus. He was involved in coaching CYO Sports at St. Stanislaus and also volunteered with the Parish’s Annual Summer Festival.
Mr. Panico served his country honorably with the United States Army, during which time he was stationed at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana and Thule, Greenland. During his service he was involved with the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Chip Panico and his wife, Sharon, of Lansdale and Rob Panico and his wife, Jennifer, also of Lansdale; step daughters, Cheryl Guzman and her husband, Carlos, of Pennsburg and Lori Barouche and her husband, Hamid, of Pottstown; brothers Alfred Panico of California and Martin Bauer of Coatesville as well as 9 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10 AM at St. Stanislaus Church, 51 Lansdale Ave, Lansdale, PA. 19446. There will be a viewing Saturday Morning, from 8:30 to 9:45 AM before Mass, at the Simcox-McIlvaine Funeral Home, 532 E. Main St., Lansdale, PA. 19446. Interment St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions in John’s name to American Diabetes’s Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA. 22312 or www.diabetes.org.