A statement from Thomas Hansen, vice president, Americas Bosch Security Systems Inc., communications systems division:
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Monte Wise, systems applications specialist, Pro Sound, for Bosch’s Communications Systems Division.
"Monte was an expert, a true professional. Monte’s ‘golden ears’ were second to none in the pro audio industry, and he helped perfect thousands of sound systems across the Americas, making friends everywhere he went.
"A model for others, Monte’s care for our customers was never-ending. No matter what the time of day, he went to extreme lengths to ensure their happiness. For many, Monte was a mentor who improved and helped shape their businesses.
"Always on the go, always smiling and always gracious and patient, Monte’s hands-on know-how was an essential part of Electro-Voice, a company whose heritage he loved dearly, and of whose success he was a driving force. Anyone who knew Monte will agree that he personified the passion that brings people to our business. Monte had tons of talent, but he also had the charisma to back it up.
"Though a masterful sound system technician, Monte always thought like a musician. A well-known face in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, Monte was always ready to pick up an acoustic guitar and sing. In work and in play, Monte always delivered, and it always had to sound superb, of course. His performances at company get-togethers will be fondly remembered.
"Monte’s life and work will be celebrated for years to come by the thousands of friends he made along the way and the millions whose lives will simply sound better thanks to his skill and dedication.
"The entire Bosch family extends its heartfelt condolences to Monte’s friends and family, especially his wife Natalie and daughters Shannon, Rebecca and Megan. There will never be another like Monte."