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Paul Arthur Samperi, 87, passed away on Sept. 19 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, N.J. From 1963 to 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, D.C. on behalf of N.J. restaurateurs. In 1989, the Wall Township Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Outstanding Business Award. Samperi 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.

Services were held Sept. 22 and 23 at Orender Family Home for Funerals in Manasquan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at St Denis Roman Catholic Church, Manasquan. 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 Avenue, Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1784. To donate on line, visit

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