Hancock County is mourning the loss of a well known businessman; 39-year-old Jody Compretta died in a tragic accident during a Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans Saturday night.
Sources say Compretta was riding on a float in the Endymion Parade. He was allegedly run over by the tail end of the float as he tried to get off of it after the parade had ended near the New Orleans Superdome. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Compretta is the son of State Representative J.P. Compretta and owned a medical supply company called Patients Choice in Bay St. Louis.
He was a civic minded individual that was active in the recovery of Hancock County. Jody Compretta was a former President of the Hancock County Chamber Of Commerce.
He is the current president of the Hancock County Community Foundation and a member of the Bay Area Recovery Team.
Community leaders say he will be sadly missed.
Jim Thriffiley is a Bay St. Louis City Councilman for Ward 2 who taught Jody Compretta when he was a student at St. Stanislaus.
"I was totally shocked. This has created a tremendous void in Hancock County based on the man's past performance and dedication to the citizens of Hancock County," said Thriffiley. "Past Chamber President, Citizen Of The Year, most recently a member of the BART group, he also headed up the commission for lead by Sherry Bloodworth for housing for Hancock County Residents."
Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre was also saddened to hear about the news.
Favre said, "It's a tragic loss to the community. Jody has been deeply involved in the community both pre and post Katrina. My prayers go out to his entire family. He will be missed."
Compretta leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 6 at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis from Noon to 2:00pm. The service will be at 2:00pm, with the burial following at Garden of Memory Cemetary in Bay St. Louis.