Michael John Grassi
July 11, 1926 – June 19, 2020
Michael John Grassi, 93, of Chatsworth, CA passed away on June 19, 2020.
Michael was born on July 11, 1926 in New York, NY to Rocco and Louise Grassi.
In 1954, Michael married Virginia Callas and they started their lives together in New York City.
In 1963, Michael and Virginia welcomed their twin daughters, Teresa and Sandra, into their lives. Michael had a long and fulfilling career in the aerospace industry as Director of Procurement for Lockheed. As Michael’s career blossomed, the newly formed family moved from Northern California, to Arlington, Texas, and eventually to Chatsworth, California.
Michael and Virginia were married and loved each other for over 60 years. Virginia passed away on June 24, 2015. Michael and Virginia are survived by their daughters Sandra and Teresa, son-in-law Robert, and grandchildren Michael, Garrett, and Alexis.
Michael had a passion for books and lively discussions with friends and family members- particularly when they were focused on his two favorite topics- history and politics.
Michael touched many lives with his generosity and his focus on family and friends.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to minimize the risk to family and friends, Michael was buried in a private, immediate family only ceremony at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California the morning of June 25, 2020.
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Michael John Grassi
June 29, 2020
I was Mike’s secretary for six years from 1984 through 1990. He was a wonderful human being and was like a second father to me. I remember that he would take me to lunch at Café Napali in Van Nuys where I would have the Angel hair pasta with Gorgonzola sauce. He said I was in a rut and always asked me to try something new. He made everyone feel like family and was very thoughtful and kind to me and my family. I loved both Mike and his wife Virginia and miss them both greatly. My condolences to his family and best wishes.
June 25, 2020
I think of Mike often, and always with nothing but fondness, respect and admiration.
For reasons I don't know he took me under his wing and started me on my Lockheed career, now going on 33 years. He did that even though there were three levels of leadership between me (lowly baby buyer) and him.
My happiest memories are of business trips with Mike to Rockford, Illinois. There wasn't a lot to do in Rockford, but there was Maria's Italian Restaurant. Mike invited me (INSISTED!) to join the team for dinner there and WOW, what a night! He was royalty at Maria's. We made several trips to Rockford and always had a meal at Maria's. One year we traveled on his birthday. My flight arrived in Chicago ahead of his so I had the duty to secure our rental car for the long drive to Rockford. I mentioned to the rental agent "today is my boss's birthday so please make sure the car is clean." They gave me a free upgrade to a white Lincoln Continental with red leather interior. Mike's face when I pulled up to get him was priceless. "Are you paying for this on your expense account??" He offered to cover it for me!
I will always love Mike Grassi. I am forever grateful for his support, encouragement, kindness and generosity. Sandra and Teresa, you and the entire Grassi clan have my most sincere sympathy. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.