Paul Arthur Samperi
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AGE: 87 • Wall
Paul Arthur Samperi, 87, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at his home in Wall Twp. He was active in the restaurant and hospitality industries for more than 70 years. Paul started his career at the Union Club, his family's banquet house in Hoboken. From 1963-1974, he owned Paul Samperi's Restaurant and Lounge on the Asbury Circle. As a Membership Director of the NJ Restaurant Association he tripled membership. Paul formed his own company, Samperi Restaurant Services in 1979. He often lobbied in Trenton and Washington, DC on behalf of NJ restaurateurs. In 1989, the Wall Township Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Outstanding Business Award. Paul retired in 1998.
Over the years, he was active in many civic organizations. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools Advisory Board, the American Legion and numerous antique car clubs, including the North Shore Antique Auto Club, which he joined in 1962. He was a former member of the International Geneva Association, NJ Tourism Council, National Restaurant Association, and the Hoboken Jaycees.
Paul was born in Hoboken and lived there until 1960 when he moved to the Shore area. He attended Demarest High School in Hoboken where he was active in the debate club and was the only student to win the Bellarmine Debating Society award, two consecutive years. Paul served in the Navy during WWII and later earned his Bachelor's Degree at St. Peter's College in Jersey City.
Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan (nee Burke) and his daughter, Patricia of Hoboken. He is also survived by his niece, Maryann Samperi Soule, her husband, Steven Soule and their son, Matthew, all of Boonton Township. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Sarah (nee Sapienza Samperi) and his older brother, Michael.
Family and friends are invited to attend visitations from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan (www.orenderfamily home.com). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Mend, which provides plastic surgery to returning military personnel with severe facial injuries. Checks should be made out to: The UCLA Foundation, and mailed to: UCLA Medical Sciences Development, Attn: Becky Mancuso-Winding, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1784. To donate on line, visit https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=211.
Orender Family Home
2643 Old Bridge Rd Manasquan, NJ 08736
Published in Asbury Park Press from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2013