Peter G. Imperator, 83, of Bristol, husband of Sylvia (Monico) Imperator died Friday, January 17, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 22, 1930 in Hartford and was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (LaPenta) Imperatore. Peter was a graduate of the University of Hartford, the Williams College of Banking School, The American Institute of Banking and Bristol High School. Peter's employment history began in 1948 as a clerk and messenger for the Bristol Bank and Trust Company. Through the years, Bristol Bank and Trust merged with United Bank and Trust and then ultimately, Fleet Financial. For the next two years, he moved through several departments and was a teller when he left for active service in Korea. Upon returning in 1954, he continued his training and in 1957 was promoted to an officer, Assistant Treasurer, the youngest to be promoted in the bank's history. In 1964, he was promoted to Senior Officer and in 1968, to Vice President. After 41 years of dedicated service, he retired in 1989. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony Church. He was a US Navy
Veteran of the Korean War
. Peter Served his country with pride aboard the USS Hyman from 1951 - 1954 receiving medals for Korean Service Medal (Two Battle Star) - Korean War, United Nations Service Medal - Korean War, China Service Medal, Naval Occupation Service Medal (European Clasp), National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal. Peter also received the Korean War Service Medal - 50th Anniversary Awarded by the Korean Government official who came to Bristol when the Korean War Monument was dedicated. He was Treasurer of Korean Veterans Association. This organization was founded in 1994 with the purpose of raising sufficient funds to erect monuments on Memorial Boulevard in Bristol, Connecticut. Peter was most proud of his last dedication of the Civil War Monument in 2011. He was also a member of the Honor Guard and Treasurer of the Memorial Military Museum. He was a current member of the Bristol Veterans Council representing five organizations, which include The American Legion, DAV, Franco American, PLAV and VFW
. He was also a member of the James McNamme Chapter Life - DAV, the American Legion Post No. 2, the Tin Can Sailors, and the USS Hyman DD732 Association, which meets annually for reunions. Peter was very proud to have served his country aboard the USS Hyman and worked diligently each year to see that his shipmates remain connected. He was a Corporator for Bristol Hospital since 1960. Peter was a Trooper with the Connecticut State Police Auxiliary for 32 years beginning in 1974. In 1992 he also became the trustee of the Connecticut State Police Scholarship Committee. He was a Member of the Bristol Retired Police Officer
Association A long time member of the Older Members Association of the Bristol Boys and Girls Clubs. Peter was actively involved in their annual OM Show and in 2010, he received the Oliver Gaudreau Lifetime Service Award for being a positive influence to this organization. A member of the Bristol Democratic Town Committee, he worked several years for the Bristol Housing Authority where he Served as Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman. Peter was the Treasurer for the City of Bristol for 6 years being elected in 1984. He was Bristol Hospital Auxiliary Finance Chairman for 12 years, United Way Treasurer for 25 years - Peter served as treasurer and board member of the executive committee Salvation Army Treasurer for 25 years - Member of the board and executive committee. He was on the Bristol Chrysanthemum Festival Committee and Treasurer for 10 years. He served as vice-chairman of the Redevelopment Agency for 10 years and was instrumental in bringing ESPN to the city in 1979. Peter also served the Bristol Zoning Board for many years. He served 4 years as Director of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. A charter member for the Unico Service Club for 10 years, Peter organized annual fundraisers for scholarships and was also one of many volunteers in 1977 that helped to build the Growing Center for the Bristol Adult Resource Center. Peter also dedicated his time to the American Red Cross and the Governor's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped. Peter has always cared deeply about the well-being of the community and has never said no to anyone who has asked for his services or advice. He was a warm, caring and generous husband, father and grandfather. As a family, we have lost our patriarch and mentor and will use this time to honor the incredible life he had. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Edward Spyros of Bristol, and Mary Ellen and Gary Angst also of Bristol, four grandchildren, Brian and his wife Cera of Easton, MD, Joseph Spyros and his partner Kevin Ranno of Bristol, Michael Spyros of Bristol, and Alexander Angst also of Bristol, several nieces and nephews, including a special niece Debbie Gammon and a special nephew Frank Monico, III, two wonderful caregivers, Danute and Brenda, and his very dedicated neighbors the Turcotte Family. He was predeceased by two sisters, Henrietta Guarino and Connie Fournier.
Peter's funeral will be held Tuesday, 9am from DuPONT FUNERAL HOME, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, followed by a mass at 10am at St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Calling hours will be held Monday from 4-8pm at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, 105 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010. The Imperator Family invites you to send a condolence message in Peter's Guestbook at www.dupontfuneralhome.com