John Pandone – A Lifelong Sears Employee
John Pandone was an inspiringly kind, hard-working individual whose qualities served him well during his tenure as a Sears employee.
He and his wife Debra were beloved for their deep affection for family, friends, and baseball. Most importantly, they were immensely proud of their children Anthony and Tori.
Early Life and Education
John was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Chaney High School and earned his master’s degree in Metallurgy from Columbia University; he also attended the Universities of Oxford and Paris. For 17 years he served as president of Laurentian University (Ontario) and UK Open University before taking on the position as President of Commonwealth of Learning (Vancouver, Canada) with his wife Helen.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Ann Pandone; and children Anthony and Tori. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family alike. In honor of his love of baseball, those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Brenden Church or Stamford Youth Umpires; an avid Yankees fan who always enjoyed discussing his team with his son Anthony.
Achievements and Honors
John has achieved many accolades during his time at Solano Community College, including being named faculty member of the year and being recognized for his pioneering work in video production. His award-winning film, Creekside, served as a testament to his pioneering efforts in terms of technology and creativity. The movie served as a testament to the strength of collaboration, in which instructors and students worked together to create something extraordinary that would have been impossible if anyone had attempted it alone. The most remarkable achievement was ensuring the project was finished on schedule and within budget. What’s more, hundreds of students and teachers from nearby schools watched the film which then was distributed throughout the region.
John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He treasured spending time with his children and grandchildren, watching their many activities and taking part in their sports.
In addition to his job at Sears Roebuck and Company, he also volunteered in the Small Engine Repair Program of Choffin Career Center as part of its Advisory Board. Here he provided students with materials, technical support and discounts on Craftsman Tools purchases.
He was an incredibly kind, ambitious and hard-working man. He enjoyed helping people and his family – especially Rosemary – immensely. Although he considered joining the military, ultimately chose a more rewarding career in hardware at Sears Roebuck & Company. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.