A passionate voice is silenced

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.