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March 14, 1928 – May 3, 2104

Alberino V. Imperi, a retired City of Buffalo employee and World War II veteran, died May 3 in Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla. He was 86.

Mr. Imperi was born in Buffalo and raised on the city’s West Side. He attended high school in Buffalo and worked in his family’s grocery store, Empire Grocers, on Connecticut Street.

Mr. Imperi enlisted in the Army during World War II, serving as a radio operator. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.

After returning from the war, Mr. Imperi worked as a car salesman at dealerships around Buffalo. He then went to work at Sorrento Cheese, before taking a job with the city Division of Water. He worked for the city for more than 30 years, retiring in the early 1980s.

He was one of the organizers of the first Italian Festival, which was held on Connecticut Street before moving to Hertel Avenue. He also appeared in the movie “Hide in Plain Sight,” which was filmed in Buffalo.

Mr. Imperi spent winters in Largo, Fla., and his summers in the Buffalo area.

He enjoyed singing, bowling and playing shuffleboard. He was an avid fan of wrestling and boxing. He enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons play hockey.

His wife of 62 years, Alicia M. Slattery Imperi, died in 2006.

He is survived by a daughter, Pattiann; a son, Antonio; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

A private burial will be in Forest Lawn on Friday, which is the 68th anniversary of his wedding to his wife.