BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department had to say goodby to one of their own on Tuesday. Retired Fire Captain Paul Imbimbo passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Morristown Memorial Hospital after complications due to heart surgery. He was 84. 

Members of the Berkeley Heights Fire Department, along with brothers from Chatham, New Providence, Stirling, Long Hill, Millington, Liberty Corner, and Watchung departments as well as Mayor Angie Devanney, Councilman Manny Couto, Administrator Liza Viana, BHPD, Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad and Union County OEM stood in formation to salute their retired Captain as the funeral procession passed the Berkeley Heights Fire Department Headquarters on Tuesday after a private family viewing at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial. The procession continued to St. Teresa’s Cemetery in Summit for burial.

Paul had served the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department for 58 years, coming from a Fire Department family. His father, brother, two sons, three nephews, and now two grandchildren also serve. In addition to serving as Captain, Paul also served as a Fire Inspector as well as President of the Berkeley Heights Firemen’s Relief Association. 

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Paul was born in Summit, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Berkeley Heights. He attended Columbia School and Springfield Regional High School. He was an Operating Engineer with IUOE, Local 825, Springfield, NJ. He also served as an usher at Little Flower Church. 

Paul was predeceased by his mother and father, Anna (DeSena) and Dominick Imbimbo, his son Joseph in 2016, sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou (Sandello) and Angelo Rizzo. 

Paul is survived by his wife of 59 years Carolyn (Sandello), daughter Maria Schaumberg and James, son Paul, Jr. and his wife Mary (Mullen), and daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Puzzella), three grandchildren, Michael, Nicole and Christopher Schaumberg, brother Dominick Imbimbo and his wife Carmella (Malleo), sister and brother in law Elizabeth (Sandello) and Joseph Mason, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held in the future. Please visit to send the family condolences.  

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Berkeley Heights Fire Department or Little Flower Building Fund in Paul’s honor.