Digidesign employees are deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of one of their longest-serving and most valued team members, sales and marketing executive Christopher Bock. Bock passed away peacefully in his home on July 29, 2006 and is survived by twin 9-year-old daughters, Sophia and Natasha, and father Ray Bock.
According to the company, Bock (also known as CB) had a long tenure with Digidesign and played a vital role in its early success. As longtime vice president of sales and marketing, CB was transitioning into a new role to focus on building strategic new business areas, the first of which was helping to expand Digidesign’s growth in the live sound market.
“It’s very difficult for us to accept that CB is no longer with us,” said Dave Lebolt, Digidesign’s general manager. “He was a part of Digidesign from the very beginning. He was a charismatic leader and an excellent strategist, to say nothing of his musical skills as a percussionist. It’s hard to convey how strongly this affects all of us because CB was so instrumental in helping to define our culture. Christopher meant so much to this place; to me, he represented much of the company’s soul. He was a great friend and colleague, and he will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies are with CB’s family and all who knew him well.”
“CB was a long-time friend and business partner who was involved with Digidesign before we even named the company,” states Peter Gotcher, co-founder of Digidesign. “His percussion contributions to our first product, Digidrums drum chips, played an important role in the success of the product, which ultimately provided the early funding for Digidesign. He contributed in many ways to Digidesign’s success over the years. A true individual, CB was well known for his larger than life personality and his many talents. I will remember CB most for the love and passion he brought to everything he did. Although we are shocked and saddened that he left us too early, he lived an incredibly rich life and had a profound impact on his many friends and colleagues.”
“Christopher was a fellow musician, a good friend, and an integral part of Digidesign from well before Day One,” says Evan Brooks, co-founder of Digidesign. “He was universally liked, and he will be sorely missed. In an industry that has more than its share of memorable characters, CB will always stand out for his enthusiasm and love of life, and the wonderful memories he has given those of us who have shared it with him.”
Bock’s family requests no floral arrangements, but encourages donations in CB’s name to his favorite charitable foundations— the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) at www.coralreefalliance.org and Sharkproject at www.sharkproject.org/engl/index.html.