Jack P. Panno
Jack P. Panno
  • October 4, 1949 - December 13, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jack P Panno entered eternal rest on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 43 years, Virginia. His children, Pete with wife Kathy, and daughter Annie aided by husband Jay Stecher, surrounded him with love and devotion during his final days. He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter J. Panno and Anne Taormina Panno. Loving brother of Stella Panno Ferrara (Alphonse) and Frank R. Panno (Bonnie) and brother-in-law of Dr. Bob Cisneros, he was the proud grandfather of James, Jack and Charlie Stecher. He is survived by a host of caring relatives, friends and colleagues.

Jack was an entrepreneur, innovator, and industry leader. He was the founder and CEO of The Financial Group (TFG), the driving force behind his company’s recognized expertise in the development of insurance and other product solutions for the lender market. Jack was in the forefront of new product offerings and system innovations for the bank-insurance industry.

Jack was always one to stay ahead of the curve. Calling on his 30 year experience in the banking and insurance industry, his legal background, JD Loyola University 1975, and understanding of consumer lending, Jack fine-tuned his vision for TFG, and led his business into the emerging Debt Protection Products market. It is now a market leader in the implementation and administration of debt protection for the financial industry.

He enjoyed sharing his expertise and experience with others, and was a frequent speaker at numerous Bank-Insurance trade organizations meeting and seminars. He served as President of First Financial, Family Financial and Magna Insurance Companies, board member and legislative chairman of Louisiana Insurers Conference, member of the Louisiana Insurance Recodification Committee, and board member of the Mississippi Guaranty Association.

Jack loved spending time with family, and knew the joy and importance of sharing a meal with loved ones. He was proud to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of fellowship with friends and family as one of the owners of The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar, and was humbled by its success in helping to re-establish lakefront family dining in New Orleans, post-Katrina.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans, 70124, on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Noon. A visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10:00AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jack’s memory to the St. Pius X Capital Campaign or the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, 5001 Perlita Street, New Orleans, 70122.

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