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OBITUARY

John P. Panzella

July 14, 1948May 13, 2020
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John Paul Panzella went home to be with the Lord on May 13, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Irma, their four sons (John, Brian, Christopher and James) and seven grandchildren, one brother (Tom) and two sisters (Diane and Patti).

After his service in the U.S. Army, where he met Irma, he went on to embrace a successful career with True Value and Do It Best, before retiring as a Market Development Manager from Ace Hardware. John truly found great passion and fulfillment in his work, and cared deeply for all of those who worked alongside him. He also embraced an unofficial career as a “sports manager” for his sons, sharing his passion and enthusiasm for sport and the value of dedicated hard work.

More than anything, John was proud of the life he built as a brother, father, grandfather and uncle. Seeing his four boys become loving fathers brought an incredible joy and pride to John’s life. He loved to spend time at the beach playing with his grandchildren, who greatly loved and revered their “Pop-Pop.”

John had an incredible ability to make anyone feel as though they were a member of his family, touching the lives of friends and neighbors with his generous spirit, witty humor and genuine sense of caring. His impact as a father, grandfather, friend and mentor will be felt for many generations to come, and has undoubtedly left a legacy to be cherished.

John was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, and his presence here on earth will be greatly missed. He was a dedicated member of Aloma Church in Winter Park, Florida, where his Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9:30am.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ethnos 360. https://ethnos360.org/projects/ethnos360-bible-institute-jackson.

  • FAMILY

  • Irma, Wife
  • John, Son
  • Brian, Son
  • Christopher, Son
  • James, Son
  • Tom, Brother
  • Diane, Sister
  • Patti, Sister
  • John also leaves behind seven wonderful grandchildren

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of John's Life

    Monday, May 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Family Burial

Memories

John P. Panzella

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Jeff Felty

May 22, 2020

We called him "JP", "the great Panzinni", or just Panz....working the ACE space for 5 years. Panz was the greatest friend and co-worker to be with in the field.
I will miss you sincerely...!
Your life was cut way to short buddy, but what you brought us will never be forgotten. You were the best at what you did.
My sincere condolences to your family. I will really miss you.
Rest in peace,
Jeff Felty

Lance & Laura Ostman

May 18, 2020

We have precious memories of time spent with John & Irma when they so graciously allowed us to stay in their home when we visited. John was a lot of fun! As others have mentioned his parking lot ministry at Aloma Church was also a fond memory of times with John. Irma and family, you all are in our prayers. We will see our brother again in Glory, because he and we have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. We are thankful John is now with Jesus, not suffering in his earthly body any longer.

Ana Claudia Tenório Gamboa.

May 18, 2020

Mr. John, very sad to know that you are gone. it was a pleasure to be part of your family in the moments that I needed the most, you were there to help me.
Mrs. Irma my dear, no words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.
My Deepest Sympathy for all the family.
from Brazil

Ana Claudia

Steven de Rupierre

May 18, 2020

I first met John in 2007 at Aloma Baptist Church, when I relocated to Winter Park from Hinesville, Georgia where I was last stationed in the Active Duty Army. He was working the Golf Cart transportation ministry that we all know him so well from, and he made an incredible first impression with his charismatic personality and servants heart. He invited me to his Men's Life Group, in which, I would eventually lead after a few month's there. Although, I was the group leader, I truly, learned more from this Godly man, and the others, than from studying the material in which I used to facilitate the lessons. There was never a Life Group meeting that took place without John adding his knowledge of Scripture and sharing his life experiences as a follower of Christ. He was definitely the kind of guy you wanted to be around because he made everyone he interacted with feel wonderful through his charming personality, and the undivided attention that he gave them. In short, an awesome example of a Spirit-filled Christian. He and his lovely wife, Irma, also warmly welcomed my wife Yoli to the Aloma Church family when she arrived from Peru a couple of years later in 2009. The Panzella's gave her a great first impression of American Christians through their unconditional love and friendship. John most certainly lived out his faith in a way that secures him a prominent position in heaven, now with even more responsibilities in which to glorify God, just as he did during his time here. We look forward to seeing you again in eternity.

With love,

Steven and Yoli de Rupierre

Mike Cato

May 18, 2020

I didn't know John well, but he was always a friendly face at Aloma. I looked forward to speaking with him when I was there as a member of the media team. He was a friend to all he met.
I wrote these following words when my father passed away 6 years ago and they apply to John now as well.
"When great trees fall, distant mountains tremble. So too when a great man falls, the effects are felt around the world. However, great trees must fall to provide building materials for the most magnificent structures. Likewise, great men must fall to provide a legacy for those coming after them to follow for generations. History books are written about the lives of great men who have fallen. The advice they have given becomes set in stone, their stories passed from father to son, the memories they created in others become clearer and more cherished. The way they lived their lives inspires greatness in others."
John will be missed, but he is in the company of great men and women in Heaven.

Bob Merritt

May 18, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of John passing. I knew John from
working with him during his years at Ace Hardware. John knew everybody, was helpful, knowledgeable and always jovial!

Howard Hopgood

May 18, 2020

May sister Irma and the family be covered in the precious blood of Jesus. John Panzella was a brother, friend, mentor, teacher, work colleague, jokester, member of Aloma Baptist Church, and a man who loves God and follow his word. He served on the parking ministry crew at Aloma Church for years. He was a member of my men’s Sunday school Life Group and regular contributor at Thursday morning men’s prayer group.
John chapter 14 verse 15 reads: If ye love me, keep my commandments. John Panzella lived his life that way. There is no doubt in my mind that brother John is at the gates of Heaven getting his wings right now, while God says to him “well done my good and faithful servant”.
Thank you brother John for putting on the armor of God and fighting the good fight. I love you in Christ forever. Until I see you again my Friend..

Howard Hopgood

Jeanette McGhee

May 18, 2020

One of my fondest memories of John was when he would give my granddaughter and me a ride in the golf cart at church. Instead of taking us directly from the parking lot to the church, he would take us on the “scenic route,” which included going up and down the grassy slopes. My granddaughter laughed so loud with delight! He will be missed.
All my love to Irma and the entire family,
Jeanette McGhee

Steve and Therese Dison

May 17, 2020

Mr. Panzella will always have a very special place in our hearts. His contagious laugh and sense of humor always brought such joy to our family gatherings. He obviously was a strong man of faith and a witness and blessing to so, so many. We praise God that Mr. Panzella's suffering is over, and he is at peace in the arms of his Savior. What a celebration Heaven is having! Our prayers and hearts are with all of the Panzella family and dearest friends.

Jason Hipskind

May 17, 2020

During my long career in the hardware industry, I have been influenced by terrific leaders, mentors and friends. None have been more profound than the influence of John Panzella. He was one of the first members of the field team that reached out to the "new kid" working at Do it Best. He immediately became a mentor and friend. He taught me how to become a sales professional and to never compromise my integrity. He shared his encouragement and joy when I was discouraged. He modeled how to deal with being told no and to never give up. You just could not help but smile when you were with John. I would not be in the position I am today at Ace Hardware if it were not for the support and encouragement of John.

While my career has been profoundly influenced by John, it was nothing compared to how he personally touched my life. After John left Do it Best and found a home at Ace Hardware, we tried our best each Christmas to have lunch together. It was never about work. It was the opportunity for us to brag on our wives, children, his grandchildren and how God was working in our lives. Our first several Christmas lunches were at the B-Line Diner in what was the Peabody on International Drive. He always seamed to talk me into dessert. The last few years we had moved our annual lunch to The Coop in Winter Park. This Christmas, he had Chicken and Waffles. John was in the restaurant when I arrived, sitting there with a huge smile and greeted me like he did at each Christmas lunch, with a big hug. I love John more than I can express. I will miss him at this year's Christmas lunch, but I look forward to seeing him face to face in the presence of our Savior.

Sincerely,
Jason Hipskind

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