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Anthony (Tough Tony) Michael Imperiale
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1931
Death: Dec. 26, 1999

Newark Councilman who organized the defense of the North Ward of Newark, during the 1967 Newark riots.

Before he started the North Ward Citizens Committee in 1966, he was a butcher and deli owner. He started the North Ward Citizens Committee because of the lawlessness taking place within the City of Newark, NJ. He took a stand against anyone who wanted to burn, loot or kill during that turbulent period in Newark, in the late 1960's.

In 1969 he started the North Ward Citizens Volunteer First Aid Squad, manned by volunteer's and for 37 years he served the people of Newark free of charge. He served proudly as a Newark Councilman, New Jersey State Assemblyman (2 terms) and as a New Jersey State Senator. In 1970, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Kenneth Gibson.

In that racially charged atmosphere in Newark, while many of Newark's white population left, he stayed and raised a family and operated a business. While some of Newark's African-American population considered him a racist, those who knew him personally, White or African-American, knew he was a man who judged people by their actions, not the color of their skin. He is still considered a hero by many of the residents of North Newark. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Kathleen Louise Imperiale (1935 - 2002)
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
North Arlington
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Mausoleum- Sec-103 Tr-B Cr-5 Cs-A
 
Maintained by: Christopher Imperiale
Originally Created by: Rich H.
Record added: Jul 08, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9070589
Anthony (Tough Tony) Michael Imperiale
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Anthony (Tough Tony) Michael Imperiale
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Anthony (Tough Tony) Michael Imperiale
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Tony was a man, something the self hating middle class sissies could never understand. He would never cower from the big bad word "racist", he unapologetically loved his race and fought like a true centurion.Look at the sad state of America today without ...(Read more)
- Joe Northpal
 Added: May. 20, 2013
My Grandmother from Italy was always safe in the North Ward with Tony around. We need more people like this in our country today.......
- VegasTyphoon
 Added: Apr. 2, 2013
SEMPER FI Devil Dog till we regroup in haven
- redneck 1950
 Added: Jan. 16, 2013
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