In Memoriam


Jamie Panetta founded the "J" Foundation in 1998 as a benefit dinner for a young boy, Joseph Novelli. Joey was a six year old boy in first grade. Joey was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Unfortunately, there was not much medically that could be done for him but to continue to shower him with love and affection and provide him with maximum comfort. Jamie hosted the "First Annual Joseph Novelli Benefit Dinner". Jamie’s goal was to help ensure his family stability for the limited time Joey had and so richly deserved.

Jamie passed away peacefully on June 6, 2016, at his home in Thornton, PA. 
He was born in Philadelphia, PA, raised in Havertown, PA, and graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and loyal friend.

Jamie attended the Philadelphia Restaurant School and worked for the Wood Company as an executive chef before leaving to work with his family at R.J. Evercrest, which brokers and recycles plastics and chemicals.

Jamie enjoyed football in every capacity.  He coached football for over ten years at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, West Chester, and Malvern Prep, Malvern, PA. Jamie also attended every Eagles home game for twenty years in the company of his friends.

When he was not working or coaching football, Jamie devoted much of his time to the "J" Foundation, a charity he founded to aid a terminally ill children and their families.

The Board Members of the "J" Foundation are committed to continue with Jamie's vision and legacy by providing the best quality of life for children and their families facing life limiting illness.

Dale Perkel, LCSW, Social Work Manager, The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"Because of the Foundation's help in providing and paying for therapy, the family received the counseling they needed and have been able to put their lives back together and to live with the loss of their child."

Edward Speeding, MSW, The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"The J Foundation gives people a small glimpse of kindness during times when they are immersed in darkness. Without this foundation, our patients would not know where to turn and we, as social workers, would certainly be less able to help."

Dale Perkel, LCSW, Social Work Manager, The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"I want to thank you for the unique service that you provide to the families of terminally ill children. Their families struggle in many ways both before and after the deaths of their children. Your educational materials have been invaluable to helping families better understand the grieving process."