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To our Valued Customers & Friends,
It is with great sadness that I must share this news with you. Dave Cuneo passed away suddenly in the early hours of Tuesday, November 23rd. It has taken me this long to accept the loss and to be able to share it with you. We will miss Dave terribly, as I'm sure all of you will too.
Dave came to work with us at ABC Liquors on October 19th, 2012. His background was truly amazing and he was a fascinating individual to talk to. I'm certain that he shared many stories with many of you. We will remember Dave's passion for wine and for helping customers. His soft demeanor was welcoming and he put many customers at ease who were uncertain about the vast, confusing world of wine.
Unfortunately, because Dave's surviving relatives live far away, we do not have any further information on Dave's final arrangements. Suffice to say that he will be thought of often here. There are many signs written by him and many reminders of the impact that Dave had on our small piece of the wine-world.
We will be introducing our new Wine Manager, Gregory Smith, in a future announcement.
Dave was born and raised in New York City, and at age 18 went off to College in Boston, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Science and Applied Physics from Harvard, class of 1976. Immediately after graduating, he entered the U.S. Navy and after getting his commission as an Ensign from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, was sent to San Diego for further training. It was there that the wine bug first bit him, and he has been a wine nut ever since.
After three years on a destroyer home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI where most of the wine available was from California, Dave was transferred for a two year tour in the Pentagon and began to explore the wines of Europe available in that great cosmopolitan city of Washington, DC. Although he loves all wine, he has a special passion for the wines of Italy.
After leaving active duty Dave attended the Wharton School in Philadelphia and received an MBA with a concentration in finance, going to work for the DuPont Company in Wilmington upon graduation. He worked for DuPont for fourteen years and a spin-off for another 6 years, all the time exploring more deeply the world of wine. Dave is now retired from both DuPont and the Navy (where he stayed in the Reserves and reached the rank of Commander) and working in the wine business, his true calling!
Nothing pleases Dave more than to share his passion for wine with his customers, and helping them to explore the wide variety of “vino” available in today's marketplace.