Michael Lee Panico

August 30, 1965October 2, 2018
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Beloved son of Leo and Anne. Loving brother of Denise and Frank Ritorto and Steven and Annie Panico. Cherished uncle of Michael and Elodie Ritorto, Brittany Ritorto and Leighann Panico. Adoring great uncle of Lucas Ritorto.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, October 7, 2018

Michael Lee Panico

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Al Quaglieri

October 15, 2018

In a monolithic organization like Sony Music, you learn to appreciate the talented people who also happen to be really nice human beings. Michael was one of those, and even though our interactions were infrequent, he always smiled and gave more than he had to. I'm happy to have met him, and am saddened by his passing.

Robert Russ

October 9, 2018

Without Mike, I would have felt like 'Major Tom' since Sony Classical moved its international headquarters from New York to Berlin in 2009. Although our offices are 6387 km / 3969 miles apart, I used to call Mike ‘my colleague next door’. Mike was my scout, my ‘ground control’ in the Sony Music Archives. His quick and in-depth research made me forget that we worked from different continents, both aiming for the best possible release. Mike’s name is therefore rightly associated with two Grammy-nominated -- and one Grammy-winning -- Best Historical Releases by Sony Classical.

What impressed me most was Mike’s deep respect for artists of all genres, from opera diva, to conductor, to songwriter, to jazz musician. It made my day when Mike shared his great enthusiasm for one of our classical editions in his typical ‘full length’ feedback: “Oscar L - Looking Great !!!! - Mike”

Robert Russ
Producer at Sony Classical International, Berlin

Scott Wenzel

October 8, 2018

My deepest condolences to the entire Panico family. I met Mike many years ago at Sony Archives and through his unselfish nature and good humor we struck up not only a wonderful business relationship but a friendship that was cemented by our common love of jazz, hockey and the history of music and recordings. May Mike rest in peace.

Scott Wenzel
Mosaic Records

Adam Colombo

October 7, 2018

Mike was a long-time friend for over 25 years. I traveled extensively with him throughout Europe, seeing many shows and experiencing music together. He and I shared many great times together as well as our birthdays, which were the same. He will be forever missed and forever in my thoughts. Adam Colombo

Traci Werbel

October 7, 2018

Michael Panico:
Learned, wise and passionate.
Thoughtful and provocative.
Engaged, engaging, and a Patron Saint of many disciplines.
Enthusiast, supporter.

Peace to all whom lives you touched.
Peace on earth.
Peace be with you, Mikey.

Timothy J. Smith

October 6, 2018

Mike (or 'MP' as I called him) was not only an astounding, reliable co-worker whom I relied on daily - he was a solid guy who just GOT IT. Musically, philosophically and intellectually. His loss has impacted me in such a profound way - and I cannot fathom the deep sense of loss felt throughout the entire Panico squad. MP was not 'just another co-worker' - he was a unique human with so much impact on this world - and on me. I'll miss my man, MP. I wish you all peace. God bless.

Joy & Chester Cronin

October 6, 2018

Our Hearts go out to you and Family.

Marilyn & Peter Lehman

October 6, 2018

Our condolences to Denise, Frank and the entire family at this time. Marilyn and Peter Lehman

Donald Elfman

October 6, 2018

I met Mike through the record business and only briefly but my memories of him - smart, funny, passionate - bring some healing and comfort in a difficult time. I wish for all family and friends that they find some of the same.

Peace and love

Donald Elfman

Melody Ewing

October 5, 2018

I had the honor of working with Mike for several years during my time at Sony. He was truly an exceptional human being. He would always go out of his way to help make my job easier. He didn’t have to, but he did. I never took it for granted. I was always so grateful for him and always made it a point to tell him how much I appreciated him. He was a treasure. He will be greatly missed. Sending my most heartfelt condolences.