Joseph J. Gano, Jr. passed away suddenly after a brief illness at the age of 80 on November 11, 2022, Veterans Day!
Joe (Jimmy) was a 1964 graduate of Harvard University. Joe was an achiever. He organized the first Harvard University Hockey Club Team, was a disciplined weightlifter and later became a trainer for the Washington Capitals.
Joe served as a Fighter Pilot and Captain in the US Air Force, stationed in Bitburg, Germany. After serving, Joe earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. His executive business career was extensive. In 1988 he founded and owned the student lending company, National Education.
Joe’s true love was aviation. He enjoyed flying his own personal jets at every opportunity. He was the owner of Warbirds of Delaware and raced his jets at the Annual Air Race Championships in Reno, Nevada.
Joe loved life and took every opportunity to live it his way. With his passing, an unfillable void remains for all that knew and loved him. He has permanent wings now; may he forever fly the heavens.
Joe is survived by his brother Thomas Gano and his sister-in-law, Mary Gano of Naples, FL. He is also survived by his niece Melanie Kamen of AZ, nephew Thomas J. Gano of FL, brother-in -law John Carroll of Concord, MA, nephews Josh Carroll of CA, Jeremy Carroll of MA and their families. He was predeceased by his sister Anne Gano Carroll, previously of Winchester, MA. He also leaves behind many close friends in Delaware, Nevada, Maryland and Pennsylvania.