Remembering Jimmy Patronis, Sr.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A prominent figure and local business leader in Bay County has passed away.

Jimmy Patronis, Sr., the patriarch of a well known local business family, has passed away. (WJHG/WECP)

Jimmy Patronis, Sr. was best known publicly for his footprint in the restaurant industry.

After arriving in the area in 1953, at the age of 22, he and his brother opened the Seven Seas restaurant and later bought the award-winning Captain Anderson's.

His son, Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Jr., shared on Twitter that his father passed away surrounded by family early Thursday morning at the age of 88.

His older brother Johnny says Jimmy Sr. struggled with Parkinson's. He added Jimmy Sr. loved FSU football, fishing, and hunting... even traveling to South America.

Johnny said, "and one thing I cherish above everything else was our relationship. We never really had an argument, never."

"We're very blessed to what he's contributed to Bay County through the years whether it's through sporting organizations or charitable organizations, the Patronis family and mister Jimmy were always there to help out," said Philip Griffitts, Bay County Commissioner.

A visitation will be held at Wilson Funeral Home in Panama City this Sunday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and the service will be held Monday at noon at the First Baptist Church on Harrison Avenue.

Both are open to the public.

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