A passionate voice is silenced

SUN HERALDFebruary 5, 2008 

Joseph P. “Jody” Compretta Jr., who was killed in a tragic accident while celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans over the weekend, was a key participant in the recovery of Bay St. Louis and Hancock County. At 39, Compretta had already served two terms as president of the county’s Chamber of Commence and was serving as president of its Community Development Foundation.

Guy Johnson, the newly installed chamber president, said Compretta provided “incredible passion and dynamic leadership” to the community. “People listened to him,” Johnson said. “He made people think.” Compretta, whose own business was affected by Katrina, was a vocal advocate of more aid for small business owners. He also wanted to see younger people engaged in the recovery process because, as Johnson put it, they would be living with the results of the recovery for years to come.

Compretta’s untimely death is a loss for us all, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.

The Sun Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service