Neil Duncan D'Ambrosi
  • 55 years old
  • Date of birth: May 31, 1960
  • Place of birth:
    New York City, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 20, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Lake Tahoe, California, United States
Let the memory of Neil be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Neil D'Ambrosi, 55, born on May 31, 1960 and passed away on July 20, 2015. We will remember him forever.


His service will be at St. Dominic's Church in Benicia on Monday 7/27 at 1pm. We will also continue in the church hall immediately following the mass. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Michael Jensen on 21st February 2016

"Neil hired me at Embassy Suites.  He gave me my first break in the maintenance field. He was a great teacher. I learned so much from him. Skills that I still use today. I look fondly back on those epic steak lunches, the cigars, and the movies.  I always think about him when I watch the Big Lebowski or Austin Powers.  I'm glad that he found happiness again in California.  I witnessed some of his hard times and struggles. He loved his girls alright.  Classic Neil: "You gotta be smarter than the tools you are using."  My favorite line.  He made a fantastic meatloaf.  Neil had a great influence on me. We were elbow to elbow in the Engineering Department.  From caulking bath tubs to last minute paper work.  Neil got things done. The guy you want in the trenches backing you up. He knew how to have a good time also.  Sorry to hear that he is now gone.  I've never meet a finer Building Engineer to carry a pair of keys since those days.  

Thanks Neil.
Mike Jensen"

This tribute was added by Sara D'Ambrosi on 18th February 2016

"As my father's first born daughter i had the pleasure of knowing him for 27 years which  still wasn't  long enogh he was more than a dad more than a friend  a hero  a true beam of joy and light he alway helped me to be a more positive person he always helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel  the silver lining i never knew a person who smiled more he always told me positivity was contagious and from all the love you've all sared here i can truly see thats a fact his smile made the world a brighter place and i thank you all for seeing that light"

This tribute was added by Dana Ellsworth on 6th October 2015

"Neil was so charismatic and his presence in a room never went unnoticed.  His love for his daughters was always so clear and he was so proud of their individual accomplishments. I was so happy my friend Denise married him, I could see they would be happy together so much in common and yet a perfect compliment to each other.  I loved to talk to Neil about food or movies, he had much to say about both.  I think he had seen every movie made!  He had a great smile and laugh and I know he would not want us to spend too much time in sadness.  He will be missed by many.  My thoughts go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Chris Ross on 23rd August 2015

"I really don't know what to say but Neil has been in my thoughts the past month and I haven't spoken with him nor seen him seen 2006. Learning just this morning he passed grieves my heart and my condolences to Denise and his girls.
I had the pleasure of knowing Neil as a customer at a cigar shop I worked at, as my boss at the Brannan from 2001-2004, and being the best man at his wedding to Denise. He was a great friend and he saw me through some dark times. Neil was definitely the guy that will help you at 3am. I throughly enjoyed his cooking and our common tastes in movies. I'll always remember his stories because he tended to tell the same ones over and over again. We definitely had some good times over cigars at a football game or at a concert. He taught me so many useful things in life like answering the phone with a smile, always keep a 4way screwdriver pliers and a utility knife handy, how to cook a perfect steak, and how I can one day be a good father.  At this moment, I'm regretting losing contact with him and I wish I reached out sooner. Godspeed, Neil."

This tribute was added by Karen Caetano on 30th July 2015

"We are so glad to have known Neil. He was a fun-loving, great guy who seemed to have an exuberant time wherever he went. We always appreciated his straight forward way of life and personality!

We are grateful for having him introduced to our lives and have valued the time we have been able to spend with him before he left us all too soon. You will be missed Neil D'Ambrosi!

Our love goes out to Denise and his adorable girls.
With love,
Mark, Lenny and Karen Caetano"

This tribute was added by Natalia Maciel on 27th July 2015

"it has been an honor to have known Neil these last few years ....Enjoyed hearing his stories, sharing recipes, and even advice from work issues to cooking.  
He will sincerely be missed and our deepest sympathies to Denise and his girls."

This tribute was added by MaryAnne Pratali on 27th July 2015

"Neil was a light ~  pure and simple.  He lived life to its fullest.  Utterly devoted to his wife Denise, daughters Sara, Shelby & Jillian, he was a family man at heart.  Neil loved nothing more than seeing those he loved and cared about having a good time.  Whether he was holding court around the family bbq, hiking with John his best friend or just enjoying a great movie, he always saw life as a brilliant canvas to be lived, loved and laughed upon.  How lucky we were to break bread at every meal, celebrate Thanksgiving with all of his culinary delights or bear witness to the plethora of delights he prepared for his children on family holidays, Neil always made it special. Both Neil, Denise and Jillian looked forward to the annual Disc Golf Invitational that Kate & Paul hosted yearly at the cabin in Yosemite.  He always said it was the highlight of their summer.  He wanted to win that frisbee ~ and he did!  Neil was one of a kind and we will miss him dearly.  He left us way too soon.  So Neil ~ we will carry on without you but we will never forget your smile, your laugh or joy of life but things will never be quite the same without you. We love you."

This tribute was added by Bob Wynne on 25th July 2015

"Neil was maintenance director at The Brannan and he kept the 320-unit condo complex running smoothly from the day it opened 15 years ago. Neil's passion, knowledge and professionalism was obvious to every resident - most of whom he knew by name.  His enthusiasm was infectious and we will all miss him very much.
He even convinced us to root for the New York football Giants - unless of course they were playing the 49er's!
May our friend rest in peace.
Bob and Peggy Wynne"

This tribute was added by Tami McInerney on 25th July 2015

"Neil was a good man, truly passionate about what he believed in and always true to himself, his friends and family.  We will miss your strong presence.   Disc golf won't be the same without you.   My heart goes out to Denise, his girls and his family."

This tribute was added by rich navarro on 25th July 2015

"Neil, you will be missed, The Brannans will never feel the same for me.. Thanks for the help throughout the years and for supporting my business... I will never forget you..  RIP"

This tribute was added by kate spillane on 24th July 2015

"He was a proud man who really knew how to cook -Sean"

This tribute was added by kate spillane on 24th July 2015

"Your presence we miss
Your memories we treasure
Loving you always"
Forgetting you never. Paul Kate Sean and Isabella"


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