David C. Virissimo
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform fellow IMAPS members of the loss of dedicated member David C. Virissimo.
Dave was an active member of IMAPS since 1995 and was awarded the Life Membership in 2012. His dedication and support of IMAPS was reflected by a seemingly endless list of progressive volunteer roles with the Society, including the local San Diego Chapter, the Microelectronics Foundation, the annual symposium organizing committee and the IMAPS Executive Council. IMAPS is extremely grateful for Dave’s work on behalf of the Society. The legacy he leaves behind is unsurpassed.
Fellow colleagues have responded to the sad news with an outpouring of love and admiration. IMAPS President Sue Trulli said “Dave was totally committed to IMAPS but he was also a stalwart friend, a person with passionate ideas and beliefs” and that “he always had a way to work in a laugh or smile that enabled him to work and befriend so many different types of people.” We invite members and friends alike reflect on Dave’s life and share his impact with the IMAPS community. To share your memories and thoughts about him on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your memories, photos, or other thoughts.
Dave was a 1984 graduate of UC San Diego, where he earned his degree in Computer Science. He became a specialist in sales and marketing for the high tech microelectronics industry for the remainder of his career with Semiconductor Packaging Materials, Inc., which was later acquired by Coining, an Ametek company.
Dave is survived by his wife, Angela; his son, David, Jr.; his daughters, Maurenna and Alyssa; and many other members of his extended family. In lieu of flowers, they have requested donations to the St. Madeleine Sophie's Center, an organization set up to educate and empower adult individuals with development disabilities. The David Virissimo Memorial Fund has been created for this purpose.
Update: IMAPS has established the IMAPS Microelectronics Foundation David Virissimo Memorial Scholarship in honor of Dave. Click here to make a donation.
Memories from the IMAPS Community
Dave was truly a special colleague and a special friend. I met Dave through IMAPS and we have served on many Council's together. Dave was totally committed to IMAPS but he was also a stalwart friend, a person with passionate ideas and beliefs but who always had the ability to listen to the other point of view and was capable of changing his mind. I always appreciated Dave's directness. He had strong opinions but he always had a way to work in a laugh or a smile that enabled him to work and befriend so many different types of people. He was a devoted family man and we shared many talks after an IMAPS event comparing notes on the kids and the difficulties of work-family balance, although I am not sure that was every really difficult for Dave. He had such energy and such commitment to work, family, IMAPS, and I suspect everything that he did.
There is a saying that people live up or live down to your expectations; Dave consistently exceeded the highest of expectations! Whether in the workplace, the industry's technical society, our local IMAPS Chapter, or at play, David was one who always excelled. He volunteered for any task, including the most mundane and least visible. When I asked him why he was still umpiring Little League, he responded that he "owed it to the kids, the umpires out there are SO bad..." His devotion to his family, his church, and his community was beyond exemplary. But, most of all, he excelled at just being a great friend!
Dave was a great guy; eternally upbeat, energetic and giving. Who else other than Dave could turn their vices into charitable events. The IMAPS Microelectronics Foundation benefited from his enjoyment of gambling and the worst vice of all, golf, with his organization of the Texas Hold'em night at DPC and International Symposium golf tournament. He will be greatly missed.
David was always positive and made all of us work together. A great friend who will be missed greatly.
Contributed by Vern Stygar
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