Condolence & Memory Journal

RIP my old friend.

Posted by Al Emma - Friend   July 11, 2021

Elaine - So very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Posted by Patricia Galbraith - Newtown Square, PA - Friend   April 04, 2021

Jim was one of a kind. He was the heart and sole of our corporate sports battle team at ACC. His energy was infectious. I can still hear him running beside people and encouraging them with "you can do this" when they needed to hear it. My heart goes out to his family.

Posted by Bobbie Dougert - Gulph Mills, PA - Coworker   March 26, 2021

Mrs. Panetta, Rob & Jen. Your husband and dad was a great man! I am grateful to have been able to call Mr. P my neighbor and friend. I am a better person by having him in my life and will cherish the fond memories of each encounter we had. Your family is in our prayers during these difficult times. God Bless.

Posted by Bill & Kelly Short - Neighbor   March 26, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Panetta family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. I am sorry I could not make it there today as planned. Coach Panetta was a great man, coach and mentor for so many young men for over 40 years including myself. He made me a better player and more importantly a better person stressing the importance of hard work but also having a good time, which I believe it was invaluable in my life with the highs and lows. In the last few years, we were lucky enough to reconnect with the coaches at our SJP 77' Team reunions every December. It was a very special time for the team as we got the chance to let them know we really loved and appreciated them. Jim was still a great storyteller as during those events making us laugh so hard. I will never forget THE MAN! RIP Jim, I will forever miss you - CHICO!

Posted by John Salera - Glassboro, NJ - Friend   March 26, 2021

Jimmy will be so missed. He had so much energy. Loved being around him. We had some wonderful times together. RIP my friend.
Christine Brickley

Posted by Christine Brickley - Chester Springs, PA - Coworker   March 26, 2021

I am so sorry about Jimmy's passing. He will be missed by so many people. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you.

Posted by Carol Mattia Faust - Phoenixville, PA - Family   March 26, 2021

It is awe-inspiring to learn even more reasons to admire and respect the beautiful life Jim Panetta curated. What a wonderful man. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for the grieving Panetta family and everyone affected by his loss. For me, growing up, Jim and the Panettas made Greenbriar Lane and Westgate Hills feel like the center of the universe. I'll always remember his kindness, vigor and selflessness. May his legacy live on in your hearts and actions. Elaine, Jen, Robbie, Dana and families- our deepest condolences. With love, Andrea Corbi Fein and Dan Fein

Posted by andrea fein - philadelphia, PA - Family Friend   March 26, 2021

I feel so lucky to have called Jimmy my Godfather and feel so grateful and thankful to see my late father, Gamp Pellegrini, mentioned in so many posts.
To Mrs. Panetta, Rob and Jenn - We are so sorry for your loss and for your difficult years. The memories my mom, Mary, and I know my brothers Kevin and Paul have are immeasurable. We find solace that he is at peace and feel so grateful to have been in his presence and to have shared so many memories with your incredible family. I will miss his raspy Italian voice that reminded me of my fathers.
God bless you all,

Posted by Tara Pellegrini McNulty - Family   March 25, 2021

May all your beautiful memories comfort you during this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by John Cucinotta - Friend   March 25, 2021

The Craps Syndicate in AC will miss "Press it Up Jimmy" aka The "Duke of Dilene" in addition to being the Ultimate "Jet". Condolences to all.

Posted by Phil IOVINO - Westbury, NY - Friend   March 25, 2021

So sad Elaine. Thinking of you. You are in our prayers

Posted by Eileen Capriotti - West Chester, PA - Neighbor   March 25, 2021

Jim was always ready to share his energy and good nature .... a pleasure to know and work with at ARCO.
Such a great fun person. God Bless.

Posted by Estella Toniazzo - Lansdowne, PA   March 24, 2021

Jimmy and Gamp.
True gifts to MP. I loved them both.

Posted by M K    March 24, 2021

Met Jim and his family on Greenbriar lane. Jim was a member of the Greenbriar lane gang, a bunch of families who moved in on the lane in 1978. Jimmy always had a friendly smile and wave every day. He had a beautiful family. He was a handsome devil. His som jamie grew up with my son elliott. Jim , congratulations on a life truly well lived, the guest book is a testimonial to his influence. RIP guy, see you on the other side.

Posted by joseph cutuli - Friend   March 23, 2021

God bless Jimmy! My deep condolences to his loving family.

Posted by Dick Fallon - Broomall, PA - Friend   March 23, 2021

My deep condolences to Elaine and the Panetta family. I was deeply saddened to hear about Jim's death. Jim was a a true pillar at Arco Chemical. He always had a smile, a good word, a great sense of humor, motivation and a love for everyone.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen

God Bless You Jim

Stan Podkul

Posted by Stan Podkul - Murrysville, PA   March 23, 2021

Coach, may you now rest in peace. Thank you for having such a positive impact on my life.

Posted by Jim Pitt - MP'82 - NH   March 23, 2021

The Panetta Family- Jim was A Prep Classmate in Philadelphia. Jim was a talented guy with wit, athletic ability and a penchant for music. Preppers enjoyed vibrant conversation with Him at The Jersey Shore. He liked talking sports, business and how he was so blessed to have His Wonderful Family. The 1959 Prep Class will dearly miss " Jimmy The Jet" with his quick wit and dynamic personality. "May Vincent Jimmy Panetta Rest In Eternal Peace".

Posted by John Bruce Schmitt - Classmate   March 23, 2021


Jimmy you will be missed! This was a great man who I was fortunate to get to know and enjoy his company. I am a Malvern graduate from the class of 1981 and played under the guidance of this tremendous coach. I first met Jim my freshman year and got to know him well over my 4 years at Malvern. In the off season of freshman year I took the P&W to city line avenue from Havertown to Jim's Nautilus facility. This is when I got exposed first hand to his knowledge of strengthening and his love for football. Our senior season I became Captain of the Football Team - I am sure with his help -and we went 10-0 that year with the help of Coach Gamp, Coach Sulls, Coach DiLulia, Coach Louie the Lump and Coach Panetta. This man could anticipate every play that the opponent was going to run. So lucky to have him touch my life! Edward "Deevo" Devine '81;P22 God rest his soul!

Posted by Edward Devine - newtown square, PA - Family Friend   March 23, 2021

Coach Panetta was an unforgettable guy. He taught his players much about the game, but his example of how to live life with so much energy and positivity will stick with us forever. On behalf of the many Malvern Prep Football players who were lucky enough to have known Coach, we send our deepest condolences to the Panetta family. We will miss seeing his smile and hearing his stories each Fall, but we take comfort in knowing he will be reunited with his son and Coach Gamp. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Posted by Malvern Prep Football Alumni    March 23, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to the Panetta family. Coach Panetta was a great coach at the Prep who truly cared about each and everyone of his players. I will forever remember Coach Panetta and the memories of our 1977 City Championship team at the Prep. Coach left a lasting impression on myself and many others. He will be greatly missed at the Prep reunions for his fun spirited stories and caring personality. Rest in Peace Coach!

Posted by Joe Rabuck - Tampa, FL - Friend   March 23, 2021

My condolences to the Panetta family. "Coach" was a irreversible light who always had a quick quip about what was going on at the moment with a nod and wink. Coach, along with Gamp Pellegrini at the "Prep" helped mold athletes and football players into young men during their tenure and the championship run in the mid 70's. anima eius pace

Posted by James Kopchuk - St. Augustine, FL - student   March 23, 2021

Mrs Panetta, Jenn, Rob and the entire family-I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim always had away of making people feel special and that included me. I'm sending much love, strength and prayers during this difficult time. Love you. Sher

Posted by Sherry Diefenderfer - Downingtown, PA - Family Friend   March 23, 2021


I met Jimmy through my son, Justin, who works for the family business. Jimmy took my son under his wing and showed him the ropes and helped make him the person he is today. I am forever grateful to Jimmy and the entire Panetta family for treating my son like their own. Jimmy was such a special man and he will be sadly missed. You are now reunited with Jamie. Rest in Peace!

Posted by Donna and Jeff Spada - Havertown, PA - Friend   March 23, 2021


My thoughts and prayer to you and your family at this time...

Posted by Eva Pavlidis - Exton, PA - Friend   March 23, 2021


Jim the Jet, here's to a life well lived. You brought joy to all those blessed to know you. The man, the coach, the mayor, the legend. Thank you for all the great memories. A better friend one could never find. God only made one great character like you. You will be missed and remembered forever. Until we meet again.
My deepest sympathy to Elaine, Rob, Jen and Panetta Family.

Posted by Regina - East Brunswick, NJ - Friend   March 22, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Panetta family in the passing of Jimmy. He was a special person who I enjoyed working with at Malvern Prep going back to the late 70s. I will surely miss talking with Jimmy at future MP athletic contests. R.I.P., my friend.

Posted by Chuck Chinici - Springfield, PA - Friend   March 22, 2021

I was sorry to hear about the death of Jimmy. We were friends from our Villanova days. He deserved the name Jimmy the Jet since he was so fast. Every time I saw Jim he had something funny to tell me.
Rest in Peace Jim.

Posted by Jack Whalen - Lancaster, PA - Friend   March 22, 2021

Elaine, Rob, Jen and all the extended family, I'm so sorry for your loss. So many others, myself included, feel a deep loss and sorrow as well. Jimmy was an incredibly special man. He made everyone feel important. He's friendships were everlasting. His enthusiasm was contagious and made everyone become their better self. He has a special place in our hearts and no doubt, in heaven with Jamie. May God bless you all.

Posted by Tom Mills - West Chester, PA - Friend   March 22, 2021


There are no words to describe our great sadness. Jimmy was a great coach, man, and friend. Joe and I both have so many wonderful memories of the times we spent with him. Our deepest condolences to Elaine, Robby, Jennifer and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Joe & Cathy Sells - Bonita Springs, FL - Family Friend   March 22, 2021


Hi Jenn- We are so very sorry for your loss. Out thoughts and prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time- love from all of us, Janet Jonah Rosenthal & famiily


Posted by Janet Rosenthal - West chester PA, PA - Friend   March 22, 2021

Jim, thanks for everything, especially all the time we spent together over the years. Lots of long runs! And your advice and counsel . . . and humor! I'll see you again

Posted by David Patten - HAVERTOWN, PA - friend   March 22, 2021

Dear friends,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in hearing of the passing of Jim
Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
With Sympathy
Vince Rossi

Posted by Vince Rossi - Springfield, PA - Family Friend   March 22, 2021

He made an impression on the players he coached that lasted a lifetime. The student/players he coached at St Tommy More still remember him for his dedication. We will miss Jimmy. May he rest in peace

Posted by Joe DiAngelo - Drexel Hill, PA - Family Friend   March 22, 2021


Jimmy, you will be greatly missed. REST IN PEACE!
Josephine Martinez- Caregiver

Posted by Josephine Martinez - Upper Darby, PA - Friend   March 22, 2021

Jimmy may you rest in peace ...we had a lot of good times together i will never forget you .....# 22 will always be with me....RIP Slim

Posted by Thomas McCarthy - Wilmington, DE - Friend   March 22, 2021