October 11, 1943 ~ July 12, 2020

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Richard Anthony D’ Imperio “Dickie D.”

Greece: Sunday, July 12, 2020 at age 76 went home to be with his parents, Anthony, and Clara.  He is survived by his sons, Timothy (Doreen) and Anthony (Heather) D’Imperio; daughter, Lenae D’Imperio; grandchildren, Nicholas, Kelsey, Claire, Dominic and Gianna; great-granddaughter, Mila; special friend, Nick Sassano; many loving family and dear friends.

Dick was a proud veteran of the United States Army and served our Country in the Vietnam War.  He retired after 36 years from the City of Rochester Fire Department and was a Rochester Police Cadet for 5 years.  After retirement, he was a member of the Gates Auxiliary Police and when in Florida during winter, he was a member of the Lee County Sheriffs Dept “V.O.I.C.E Unit”.  Dick was dedicated to his family, profession, his country and the community.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Dick’s services and interment were held privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 ( or Lollypop Farm ( in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Richard Anthony D'Imperio 's name.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20

PO Box 12580
Rochester, NY 14612,

Lollypop Farm

99 Victor Road Fairport, NY US 14450

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  1. Good man, good friend, enjoyed each others company alot. You will be missed Richard. Love and support to your family my friend.

  2. I remember your yard always being prestine, we would pull up on our bikes to see Ant and we would always make sure we were quiet and on our best behavior lol. I remember thinking man he’s strict but he’s always so nice to me, probably because my mother would take care of you at Antonetta’s lol or maybe because I just knew better. One last thing give my mom a big squeeze for me! Rest In Peace Mr. D’imperio heaven just gained an amazing angel ❤️

  3. My deepest condolences to your family. Your dad will always hold a special place in my heart as Eric’s first buddy. Many good times and memories were had with the four of you. God bless you all

  4. To The Richard D’Imperio Family.

    I was crushed to hear of your Father’s passing.

    As you know, your Dad was a big part big part of my life. Working together at Engine 11 & Truck 3, and throughout all our years, we remained close friends. Dickie, has truly left his mark on us all. He was always ready to lend a helping hand in whatever needed to be done.

    If I were to try to write all the laughs we had together, and the times we shared , both happy and sad, both good and bad, it would take forever.
    Dickie, always made me smile.

    I will never forget your Dad, he was a true friend. He was one of a kind, and all of you have much to be proud of. I will always in my memories of your Dad, remember him, with much love and respect. I will truly miss him. Rest in peace my friend. You did Good!

  5. I miss you Dick. When it comes to giving and loving people, you are at the very top of the list. Thank you for everything you have done for your friends, family, community and me. Rest in peace friend. You have earned it. You deserve it.

  6. dick was a true gentleman who had the utmost respect for everyone. he was a proud veteran of the Army and the Rochester fire department. he gave his all to what ever he did. I knew him for many years and I can say that I don’t have one bad memory. rest in peace Dick. I.m sure you will be one of Gods honor guard.

  7. Dick was a good friend. He was always there to help out especially at the ARPALER picnic. Thank you Dick, you will be missed.

  8. “Rest In Eternal Peace Brother” You Are Gone, But You Will Never Be Forgotten. You are now in the Loving Arms of the Lord.

  9. I have know you for a very long time. If I ever needed anything, you were there. Always giving. The world is a lesser place without you. You are the kind of friend that everyone needs. The only comfort I have in this is that I know that you are in Heaven with Our Lord. I will see you someday my dear friend. Rest in Peace Dickie Dee.

  10. Dick’s dedication to the Gates Special Police and the people of the Gates community was immense. Always there to help with any project, community event or emergency, his military and fire background made him a special asset and friend to our police department. He will be missed!

  11. Dick,

    We have known each other since 1958. Our friendship grew thru the years. A special friend, a best man, and a Godfather to my daughter.
    Not more than twenty hours would go when we would call one another and talk or meet at Tim Horton’s.
    A special friend that became my brother.

    You will be missed, Nick

  12. Mr.D,
    Thank you for a lot of great memories and lessons you taught me when I was a kid. I’m sure your place in heaven will be the most organized they’ve ever seen. You raised a wonderful family and I’m sure they will carry on your legacy. My deepest condolences for your family during your time of grief. God bless you all.

  13. Whenever our paths crossed you always had a joke. You were best at telling LONG jokes. You will be sorely missed . God bless

  14. While I haven’t known Dick for as long as many of his friends have, I met Dick though Sam Obi and going to the Firefighters clam bakes in Syracuse. We became friends. Always giving and proud of our Country. To his sons, daughter, family, friends and former coworkers, my deepest condolences and sympathies.
    I will continue to keep Dick, and his family in my daily prayers. Rest In Peace Dick.

  15. So sad to hear of hiss passing . May he Rest in Eternal Peace ✝️ Retired Det. Leon Hill, MCSO

  16. Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier – A Veteran, known but to his family, his friends, his comrades and God. Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace – you will be greatly missed.

  17. Anthony, Tim, and Lenae, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad.
    REST IN PEACE, Dick, you will be missed by all who knew and loved you. You were a good man, who excelled at all that you did. Myself and family will treasure all of our memories of celebrating so many special events with you and your family.
    Love you, Linda Niccoli

  18. Dickie was a frequent attendee at the ARPALER south breakfasts here in Ft. Myers when he lived in Florida. He is sorely missed.

  19. So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I got to know him as a fellow firefighter. He was a gentleman and truly a good man. God bless and rest in peace old friend.
    Ron Mendolera

  20. To Dick’s Family,
    Your dad was a special man. He was proud of his family and country, and our Friday lunch group made him an honorary police officer. He was always willing to tell a joke or have his chops broken by one of us, but he would laugh and come back for more. I will truly miss “Dickie D” and heaven has a man who can look down on us and make sure we take the right road. RIP brother Dick.

  21. My condolences to his family. Two great sons carrying on the family business in the RFD.

    Doug Edgett

  22. My utmost condolences to Dick”s family. I remember going to many fires and other incidents while he was on Gr. 4 in the early 80’s. He was a vocal, active FF who made his presence known. Super guy who cared very much about people. He will be missed. RIP “Dickie D”, God has picked up another star….
    Steve McClary

  23. Tim and Anthony,
    I will be praying for both of you and your families during this difficult time. I have so many great memories of hanging out on Avery street, it was the place to be. Mr. D. made it feel like a 2nd home for me, even if we got in trouble with our silly shanagins, he treated me as one of his own. Great times and a great man. It was great to catch up with with him these last couple of years. With love, Rest in Peace my friend. 🙏🙏🙏

  24. The Association of Rochester Police and Area Law Enforcement Retirees (ARPALER) sends prayers and condolences to the family of FF D’Imperio, and we salute him for his service to his country and community. Rest in peace Brother.

  25. I met Dickie many years ago, he asked if I was interested in working with him at a local rock and mineral show. We’d have a “planning meetings” at a restaurant on Lexington, a place long gone. From that point forward I learned of his dedication to the RFD and admiration to the RPD. In fact I have never met anyone more dedicated or supportive of both the Bravest and Finest of Rochester NY. Some may not know (and he liked it that way) that he would tend the small garden by the Officer Memorial in front of the PSB and that he always had it looking good for ceremonies. His long list of service to his community in his obituary does not surprise. I do not believe there will be one like him again. My sympathy to his family and please know that you will be in my famly’s good thoughts and prayers.

  26. Tim and Anthony you should be very proud of your dad for all he did on and off the job. He certainly was a firefighter who would help anyone who needed it. He was so proud about you two and all his family. Many good conversations with him. He was a proud man. R.I.P. Dick.

  27. Tony and Tim your Dad a good man. This family is my extended family he always was good to me My heart hurts in hearing of Dickie D passing good man used to love to hear his stories at Truck 3 for lunch will miss you around Gates as well Rest in Peace my friend. Gone but never forgotten

  28. I met Dickie back in the 70’s as we were both going to MCC for the Fire Science program. Your couldn’t find a finer person to call your friend. He was a great veteran and proud firefighter. Both of his son’s being on the job were his pride and joy. He will be sorely missed and I am sure he will have the Lord’s Honor Guard in shape in no time.

  29. May God bless you. Few will live up to the legacy you left behind as a firefighter. RIP Dickie D

  30. So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Always a quick smile and quiet hello, always ready to help. We remember when he just stopped by with a baby gift for our youngest and years later brought cookies to test for our first daughter’s wedding. We know he was proud of his kids. Hopefully, hearing many good memories of your Dad will help to ease the pain of your loss and bring feelings of pride when remembering him. God bless. Lou & Mary DeFazio

  31. Prayers for his soul and for his family and friends at this difficult time. Dick was a good friend and his passing leaves a void in the ARPALER family.

  32. The world has lost a true gentleman. Dick was a joy to be around, a dedicated firefighter, and always supportive of the other public agencies. Many of us at the RPD considered him as one of us. His passing has left an empty space in many hearts. Sue and I will miss seeing him at the Fort Myers get togethers. God bless and RIP my brother.

  33. My most sincere condolences to family and many friends. Dick was a one of a kind guy who always was there for any of his brothers and sisters in the fire service, law enforcement and veterans. It’s not what a man says, it’s what a man does that counts and Dick was always a man of action. I will miss him at our Florida get togethers. RIP Dickie D.

  34. Dick was a great guy, a firefighter but also a host to RPD fficers who would visit his fire house during their breaks or lunches. Just an all-around good guy. He will be missed and my condolences and prayers to the grieving family.

  35. He was a great friend!
    He would always make you laugh!
    I knew Dicky when he used to drive for my brothers limousine company!
    He always had his fire scanner on!!
    Rest In Peace buddy!!!

    Your friend
    Mark DeLaus

  36. I was stunned when I learned this morning of the death of Dick. Dick and I became acquainted when we both worked for the City of Rochester. Dick being a firefighter and I a Police Officer. It has been my privilege to enjoy his friendship since then. Thus, I share your grief and sense of loss. To me, Dick personified the ideal in responsible citizenship. His civic-mindedness and his willingness to get personally involved in projects for the good of our community have benefitted all who make Rochester their home. Dick’s passing is a loss to the whole community. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Pastor and Retired Deputy Chief Sammie Drayton Sr.

  37. I remember when my dad passed away in 1995, Dick D came in full dressed Blue to Buffalo NY and stood at Attention at casket for the entire day and night. Brought him the a plaque with Firemen’s Prayer on it. I will never forget that gesture as long as I live. Thank you Dick. RIP.

  38. I was saddened to hear of The passing of Dick, I remember 34 years ago he hired me at the job I am still currently at! He was a great guy full of integrity and values !! He will be missed 💐

  39. My sincerest condolences to the family of Dickie D, It is a true loss to someone who did so much for everyone he came in touch with. He always had a smile on his face and could always make you smile with him.
    Jim Connor

  40. My Vietnam brother Richard D. Was called by the Lord, too guard the Holy Street.He was chosen for this special duty because of his qualifications. He was, honest,faithful,dependable,caring,Trustworthy, and most of all a true friend. I will never forget get him for all he had done for me. We both share a Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial brick laid side by side at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, on Highland Ave Rochester. May you Rest In Peace my brother. Semper Fi United States Marines Corporal Adin Dino Feliciano

  41. I will truly miss you my friend our Friday’s lunch will not be the same without you ,your humor and caring attitude will truly be missed for loyalty and love you shared with others was our blessing my deepest sympathy to your family on their loss

  42. Dick was always a great fire fighter to have at my side. He was always a bright corner during difficult times at the fire house and at an emergency situation. May God bless and keep him in his loving arms

  43. Dicki D and me had a great association on the R.F.D. he was always a very dependable firefighter. If I asked h to do something I never had to check to see if it was done. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face when I walked into the fire house at Eng. 2 I know God will keep him in the palm of his hands. Tim, you and your brother take care, and watch each other’s back. Take care of your men and they will take care of you as supervision is a mutual respect between the supervisor and the supervised. God bless all of the Dimperio family

    • Anthony and Tim….. Your dad was very proud of both of you. He was loyal to family, friends and service to his community. There is a project that your dad was passionate about and maybe we could all see it through. He has been trying for better than a year to get the flag on 490 near 390 looking like the one on 490 near Culver Rd. It would be a true testament to his legacy….

  44. Dick…Its hard to believe that just a week and a half ago we were having coffee. I so will miss, as I did this past year, our nightly coffee at WAWA’s in Florida. I was at the barber shop today and couldn’t help thinking of you looking at your plaque hanging there. It also brought back the memory of Nick, you and me getting our haircut by John on my deck. You are a great person to have known, a little opinionated but that is one of the things that will bring a smile in our coffee group as we remember the good times, according to Dick. RIP my friend.

  45. To the D’Imperio family,
    It is a shame that a man who always insured a proper final goodbye for so many others cannot have a proper send off. His compassion for family members who had lost loved ones will never be forgotten by those he comforted in their time of sorrow. I not only saw him at countless events but, I am one of those to whom he brought comfort when experiencing family loss. In the police academy we were told “There is a special place in heaven for police officers”. I truly believe this and know that when my time comes Dick will be there to greet me.
    God Bless Dick and God Bless all of you!

  46. Stunned. Thoughts and prayers are with Dickie D’s family and friends. A true gentleman who seemed to be everywhere, always at the right time, supporting his brothers and sisters in the public safety community. A classy guy who has touched so many people, he will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Sir…

  47. I have known Dick for a very long time. You couldn’t ask for a better friend. He was a man of unparalleled generosity. A true patriot. He was so passionate about his family, his close friends, and his country. I can’t believe he is gone, but the good lord must have had other plans for him. He will be missed.

  48. I have known Dick for a very long time. You couldn’t ask for a better friend. He was a man of unparalleled generosity. A true patriot. He was so passionate about his family, his close friends, and his country. I can’t believe he is gone, but the good lord must have had other plans for him. He will be missed.

    Tony & MaryAnn DeBellis

  49. So sorry to hear about “Dickie D’s” passing. I met him in the late 1970’s and have always enjoyed talking with him as he was a true patriot of the country, the fire department and and to man kind. May he Rest in Peace with our Lord and God Bless. Gregory Merrick (past, fire dispatcher and Irondequoit Fire Marshal)

  50. Very sorry to hear about the lose of your Father. He was so welcoming to my family when we first moved to Avery St and became family as a result. He raised some great kids. I will miss him.

  51. Rest In Peace and please give my mom(your sister) a hug and kiss for me❣️
    Karen Visconte-Neri

  52. Dickie Dee, we only had a short passing of time working together at the Funeral Home, but it was filled with your intense passion for service and quick wit…. and some rather hilarious jokes! Rest easy and in peace.

  53. Tim and Anthony,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. As you know we worked for a short time together on the hill and he always made a point of saying hello to me at all the RFD functions. Take solace in knowing that he was immensely proud of the two of you.

    Chuck Stadler

  54. Dick was a true gentleman. He was one of the most thoughtful and loyal men I have ever met. He performed countless acts of kindness just because that is who he was. Thank you Dick for what you have done for me over the years. You were a great guy and our loss here on earth is the Angel’s in heavens gain!

  55. Madeline and Lou Reyes * The Del Prados
    Only the best thoughts and times with Dick. He was a snowbird in Florida when we first met him. We would get together in Usually August when we would visit our daughter in Rochester. He was a big supporter of music especially music made by the Del Prados. He gave huge party for them celebrating the Del Prados anniversary with gold records medals and plaques for the 5 original members. He was a great friend to us for 20 years. May God be with him. I’m sure he is in Heaven.

  56. Timmy, Anthony and Lenae,
    I hope your father is resting in peace with grandma and grandpa, and I hope up in heaven him and my mom and dad can finally make peace.

  57. Anthony,
    I was so shocked to here of your father’s passing. He was a great man. My condolences to you and your family.

  58. Tim and Anthony, my condolences to you and your families. There are tears as I write this, for your father was my mentor when I was assigned to Engine 2 in 1980. I was lucky to have been on one of the busiest engine companies, in one of the best firehouses in the city throughout the ‘eighties.’ The camaraderie, ‘brotherhood’, dedication, we’re all characteristics of your father and what he invoked. I recall fondly the days when he brought his boys to the firehouse, and I knew then, it was destined to be both your careers. Dick was my ‘brother.’ Thank you, dear friend, for the memories. Essere con Dio.

  59. Tim and Anthony, condolences to you and your families. There are tears as I write this, for your father was my mentor when I was assigned to Eng. 2 in 1980. I was lucky to be in one of the busiest firehouses in the city throughout the decade, and the ‘brotherhood’ camaraderie , dedication, were all characteristics of your father and what he invoked. I can still recall fondly the times he would bring his young boys to the firehouse, and I knew then it was destined to become both of your careers. Your dad’s friendship went beyond the firehouse, and he would always be there for whoever needed anything. Thank you dear friend for the glorious memories. May you Rest In Peace. Stare con Dio.

  60. We were so sorry to hear of Dickie D.’s passing. I remember working with him and Lt. O.D. Eisenhart when I was on temporary assignment to RFD. He will be remembered and missed.

  61. I want to express my Sympathy to all for the loss of a Great Man..
    Dicky D and My Uncle John Neerbasch were Firemen together at Clinton ave , Veterans and Friends for many years. John passed a few years ago and Dicky was right there the help us through the Funeral .
    I knew him for over 40 years …He always had a big smile when I would see him and he will be missed.

    Please let me know if there is any thing I can do to help in this time of sadness.

    Regards Steve

  62. Dick was a good man whom I had the pleasure to work with many times over the years at 911 and here in Gates. My sincerest condolensces to his family. John Merklinger “Klinger”

  63. Tim and Anthony, I am deeply sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I had several opportunities to meet him and he always passed on some pearls of wisdom to me about the fire service. I had the opportunity to hear about some of his experiences on Clinton Ave. He was clearly a proud fireman and that pride resonates in both of you. May both of you, and your families, find comfort from your grief, when needed.

  64. John Palermo, Tim , Anthony, Sorry to hear about your Dad, He always had something good to say . He sure will be missed🙏🏻

  65. Simply put, Dick was a class act. We are all a little bit better for knowing him. The number of lives that he touched is evident through the messages posted here, including many from colleagues in law enforcement and the fire service. RIP brother.

  66. So Sorry Timmy & Anthony & the rest of Mr. D’s Family. I just found out today of Mr. D’s passing. MPB grammar school & AQ was always our connection, and always will be. Mr. D always kept an eye out for me and my brothers, and it was not until years later that I found out why. So, Mr. D rest in peace, and Blessings here on earth for your family.

    John Vicaretti

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