Albert Leccese, the co-owner and vice president/director of engineering at Colorado Springs-based Audio Analysts, lost a five-year battle with lung cancer and passed away on July 17, 2010, with his family at his bedside.

Born on May 11, 1953, Leccese became involved in professional sound reinforcement in 1973 and was a pioneer in developing large-scale, high-performance live sound systems. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading audio system designers, Leccese worked on more than 2,500 live events during his successful career, including major tours and one-offs for clients such as Bruce Springsteen, Joel Osteen Ministries, the 1976 Olympics, Woodstock 1994, and two Papal visits. He also collaborated with many pro audio manufacturers over the years on developing and beta testing technologies that are now part of many pro audio products and services.

Aside from his audio expertise, Leccese was well liked, with many friends throughout the pro audio and music industries. His will be missed and long remembered as a caring individual who was generous with his time, often offering to share his expertise and experience at educational seminars and industry events. Rest in peace, friend.

Leccese is survived by his wife Denise and two sons—Paul, age 22 and Steven, 19.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, July 24, at 10am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish (2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs, 719/599-5031), with internment at Evergreen Cemetery, (1005 South Hancock Avenue, in Colorado Springs). Following the funeral, a service celebrating the life of Albert Leccese will be held at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the memory of Albert Leccese c/o University of Colorado Hospital Foundation, 12401 E. 17th Ave., Mail Stop F485, Aurora, CO, 80045. All donations will be used in the fight against lung cancer.