Deceased October 2, 2018

Read obituary


In Memory

Justin Starr Imperatore, of Summit, N.J., died suddenly on Oct. 2, at home. Born in New York City, Justin lived in Englewood, N.J., before moving to Summit with his family. He attended Summit High School and was a proud graduate of the Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut.

At Amherst, he studied history and was a goalie on the lacrosse team. His loved ones remember Justin as a charismatic, ebullient, larger-than-life person who bonded with people wherever he went. An avid athlete and driven competitor, his passion in high school and college was lacrosse; some of his happiest moments were on and off the field with his teammates.

They also remember him as deeply thoughtful and sensitive, a gifted creative writer who was pursuing studies in history and philosophy. He enjoyed working with children and volunteered as a tutor; he also worked to raise awareness for mental health causes. He also enjoyed summers spent in nature with his siblings at the Keewaydin camp in Vermont and on family vacations in Nantucket and California. Justin will be remembered for his unabashed sense of humor, his loving nature and his deep commitment to his family, teachers, mentors and friends, and to the institutions that formed him.

Justin was predeceased by his grandparents, Helen Imperatore of Fort Lee and Kevin Starr of San Francisco. He is survived by his parents, Marian Starr Imperatore and Arthur Edward Imperatore Jr. of Summit; his siblings Arthur, Alexander and Augusta; grandparents Sheila Starr of San Francisco, and Mei Ling and Arthur E. Imperatore of Cliffside Park; cousins Andrew, Alicia and Amanda; Emma and Olivia; Raquel, Ava and Stella; his aunts and uncles, Armand Pohan and Nancy Rieger, India Imperatore, and Jessica Starr and Michael McEvoy; and his devoted nanny, Maureen McCann.