David DelGrosso David was born in Dearborn, Michigan on October 2, 1951. He succumbed quickly to cancer and passed away while in the care of the Little Company of Mary in Torrance, California on April 11, 2019. His parents Rocco and Olga (Napoleone) DelGrosso passed away in the 90s. He is survived by his older brother Richard and wife Lisa, aunt Ann Napoleone, cousins John and Sharon (Orlando) Schaaf, Marty and Karen (Napoleone) Meech, Bill and Sue Napoleone and cousins in Italy. He attended Thurston High School in Redford Michigan where he graduated in 1969. After completing his studies in the Wayne State University School of Business in Detroit, Michigan. he pursued work in audio and stereo sales. In the early 80s he moved to southern California for a new opportunity. He worked for many years for Digital Theater Sound while pursuing his love for music and performing solo and in bands. He was also an avid sports fan. “You are NOT defined by your thoughts or your idea of who you are. The possibilities to change yourself are endless.” He will be remembered in a private ceremony.

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  1. David was my first advertiser and the man that helped me launch my career what I was a silly kid at USC with an idea about how to become an online publisher. He believed in me like people like Mark Levinson did. Without him I could have never sold my company in 2008 to Internet Brands OR beat Internet Brands pants off for the next 12 years.

    David had a vision for the AV industry in ways few others did. The four major labels wouldn’t listen to his vision for what DTS could do on a DVD-Video disc when DVD-Video had 93% market penetration. They were fools and suffered badly.

    I will miss you badly my friend.

  2. David was an advertiser with Video Magazine many years ago. We quickly became good friends. Dave was an honest, sweet soul. I will always treasure our memories being in the consumer electronics field. Thank you Dave for your friendship and good times.

  3. David and I were dear friends, housemates and business partners for over 20 years. I was aware that David’s work in the AV field was never appreciated for his insights and inspirations missed in the early stages of that industry. David was a hard working technician and diligent administrator. Beyond that he was a quiet yet outwardly confident guy who endured numerous physical challenges for many years. Despite that, his temperament remained level and his spirit elevated and clear.

    Although I relocated out of the country some years back, David and I chatted weekly and I maintained his personal computer remotely for decades. We last chatted on 17 March 2019, right after he had been informed of the SCLC diagnosis. He had been in severe pain for many months and was grappling with how to think and feel in the face of this news. I got the impression he had no one near that understood his situation. Despite this, he made no complaint and did his best to remain open and positive. He was scheduled to meet with his oncologist early the following week to go over a treatment plan. I never heard from him again. Intuition indicated he had been admitted to a hospital. When I noticed his computer dropped offline on 17 April my suspicion was he had passed. However, it was not until today, 21 December 2019, that I was able to confirm his passing.

    David was my true, ever honest and impeccably loyal friend. In all truth, he was my very best friend and favorite person of the past three decades. I miss him like the brother his words and actions always demonstrated. Despite his roller-coaster life he always expressed an “Attitude of Gratitude.” In my experience he was a rare soul and a person to remind us of who we can choose to be. He was most certainly loved by many friends and respected by his associates. Although I am left with a hole in my heart, I have felt and will continue to feel David’s spirit every day. His cutting yet accurate criticism, healthy paranoia and cheerful words and jibs as “Wiggy Biggy” will bring smiles for the rest of my life. Rest in Peace my dear brother of another mother.

  4. In the late 80’s, Dave and I were a couple but hadn’t been in touch for years. I found him incredibly smart, together, successful and handsome. I randomly thought to search for an album he wrote and recorded while we were dating and found out of his passing. I will always have fond memories of Dave. He brought me to my first Lakers game, been a fan ever since! RIP Dave 🙏🏼❣️

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