Hon. Pano Z. Patsalos died on September 17, 2022 at the age of 93.
Pano was born on September 10, 1929 above the family owned Ice Cream Parlor which was located on the corner of Liberty Street and Benkard Avenue in the City of Newburgh. He was the sixth child and third son born to Zachary D. Patsalos and Constance Patsalos (nee Mingas). Pano enjoyed a wonderful childhood in a neighborhood of large families. His elementary education began when he walked to the Liberty Street School and continued on throughout the Newburgh School System where he was an excellent student. After graduating from Newburgh Fee Academy (NFA), Class of 1947, he continued the pursuit of higher education and attended Seton Hall University. Following his graduation from Seton Hall in 1952, Pano enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean Conflict.
After serving his country, Pano discovered his passion for the study of law. As a result, Pano attended the Cornell University School of Law and graduated with a Doctor of Law degree in 1957. This commenced his long time professional career in the field of law. Pano had the privilege of practicing in both the civil and criminal arenas to include private practice, as a prosecutor for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and City of Newburgh Assistant Corporation Counsel. Pano advanced to judicial positions and after serving as Town Justice in the Town of Newburgh ultimately served as an Orange County Court Judge, where his judicial skills were demonstrated on a daily basis addressing countless criminal cases. Judge Patsalos was admired and respected by his peers as well as attorneys representing both the State and defendants along with the entire legal community.
In addition, Pano had the opportunity to serve as President of both Orange County Bar and City of Newburgh Bar Associations. He was a member of the New York Magistrates Association.
He met his beloved wife June (nee Carry) in 1963. They wed in 1966 and formed a bond that lasted for over 56 years. Pano and June were a united, strong and loving team.
Pano is survived by his wife at home; stepson John (Jack) Clark and his wife Yoly; granddaughters, Jessica (Julio), Kristin (John) and Chelsea; great-granddaughter, Sophia; along with many loving nieces and nephews who have fond and wonderful memories of times spent with Uncle Pano.
He was predeceased by his parents, sisters Athena Chumas, Mary Brundage, Dimi Walsh and brothers James and Theodore.
Pano was a life long active member of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
Pano was the last of a very strong loving family which will be remembered and emulated for generations to come.
Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 23 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 19 Fullerton Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550.