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GROSS--Roger, one of the world's memorable connoisseurs of opera and singing, died peacefully at his home on January 4 after an illness of two years. Close friends of soprano Zinka Milanov, Roger and his mother Dorothy Mannes Gross (d. 1994) entertained singers, composers and conductors in their Manhattan home and during summers in Europe, especially in Venice where they were domiciled with the eminent decorator Ruben de Saavedra (d. 1990), with whom he owned and operated an interior design business and related antiques shop in New York. In recent years he dedicated himself to Roger Gross Ltd., a highly respected antiquarian musical manuscript and opera memorabilia business. Working alone with the manuscripts, autographs, and photographs, he supplied material to institutions and important collectors as well as impecunious fans of musicians and composers of the past and present. Known for his informative and witty conversation, the same qualities were always to be found in the descriptions in his sales lists. In his letter of condolence, Roger's friend and colleague, Dr. Otto Biba, head of Vienna's Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, wrote that Roger, “ a unique person and a unique personality� with his unmatched historical knowledge and love for opera, was the greatest expert of operatic voices that he knew. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. He will be greatly missed by all of those that knew and loved him.

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Published in New York Times on Jan. 12, 2013.
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February 8, 2013
You were always kind to me and never got angry when I made a mistake or bumped into any of the things around the shop and always joked around roger may you rest in peace and thank you for your kindness and may godbless your soul.
angel miller
January 18, 2013
I purchased excellent autographs from Roger for many years. He was so knowledgable and pleasant. We spent time on the phone disscussing many of the great opera singers we saw and met over the years. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Roger.

Justin LaBarbera
Justin LaBarbera
January 18, 2013
While our hearts are filled with sorrow many happy memories will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Csik
January 15, 2013
Roger, We don't know who can fill the void you have left on the links at WRCC. We will surely miss your wit and friendship that you brought to our game for these many years. I have lost a friend and partner who cannot be replaced.RIP our friend.
Debby and Walter
Debby and Walter Hirsch
January 12, 2013
May the light of Eternal life shine on you for Eternity.
Rest in peace.
Nancy Armella Alvarez
January 12, 2013
Rest in peace in the company of Angels & their Eternal Songs.
you will be misses and never forgotten
Patricia levine
January 12, 2013
Did he know how much joy he brought to people who were able to touch a piece of musical history by having an autopgraph or a line of music from an icon?
In our house it was a John Philip Sousa signature with a hand-written line of music from "The Fairest of the Fair"
May God Bless your spirit Roger Gross!
Sally Denk Hoey
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