Obituary of Peter J. Kamper, Jr.
Pompton Lakes Police Sergeant Peter Jay Kamper Jr. was killed in a tragic accident in the early morning hours of August 9, 2107.
Born on April 28, 1977 to former Wayne Police Sergeant Peter Jay Kamper, Sr. and Wendy Regenburgh Kamper, "PJ" as he was named by his Aunt Robin Regenburgh, was big at the start. Later on, his size mislead people to think he was older, much older. It both helped and hurt. Brother Michael and P.J. had a love/hate relationship early on that evolved into a true love for one another. It was always a competition as to who could out best who.
PJ graduated from Wayne Hills High School, worked for the Wayne Township Department of Public Works and eventually decided to pursue his dream of following in his father's and both uncles, Officer Ken Kamper and Lieutenant Billy Mott's footsteps to become an Officer of the Law. He started at the Pompton Lakes Police Department on June 13, 2004. It wasn't long before he earned accolades from the community and his co-workers. In his spare time he became a "home improvement specialist" learning how to tile floors, rewire electrical components and how to be a plumber.
Now going by the more mature name of "Pete", he was intimidating in size but massive in heart. He married Christine Disimino on June 20th, 2015. The outdoor wedding was held in Laurelwood Arboretum. The ceremony, conducted by then Mayor Katie Cole, was touching. That coupled with the natural setting made it unforgettable. Christine and Pete would tool around on his Harley, work together in renovating their house and catering to their pets, Zorra, Bella and "Douche" (yes that was his sense of humor).
Pete was always there to help. His passions included the Special Olympics, being a firearms instructor, working with kids and spending time with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Christine, his mom and dad, brother Michael Kamper and his wife Aimee, his nephew Michael and Goddaughter Kylie. He's also survived by his grandmother June Regenburgh, His Goddaughter Nicole Gignac, Christine's parents Joe and Holley Disimino, sister in law Stefanie Disimino, Aunts and Uncles Robin and Ken Kamper, Robin Regenburgh and Ken Monkowski, Susan and Jean Gignac, Beverly Hill, John and Marion Cannella, Dennis and Ann Kamper,Jack Vanderbrook, Aunts Paula Mariconda and Diana Henry and too many more to mention. He also leaves his "favorite" cousins, Jennifer, Kim, Jack, Marianne, Johnny, Nadine and Desiree, Andy and Heather, Kristin and Heidi, Nicole and Jeffery, Cheryl, Erika and Joy. He also leaves behind his beloved pets.
The void left by this gentle giant will never be filled.
Visiting hours will be Friday from 4-8 PM. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 am will be celebrated by Rev. Michael McKay. Interment will be in Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to New Jersey Special Olympics at give.specialolympics.org
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