Patrick Zachary Plishka

15 November , 195510 May , 2019

PLISHKA, Patrick Sadly, on Friday May 10, 2019. Predeceased by his parents Helen and Paul. Brother of Karen (predeceased by Kelly), Paul (Helga) and Andrew (Wendy), cool uncle to Kane, Maddy, Mikayla and Krista, soulmate to Michelle.To know Pat was to know his lifelong love of sport and athletics. He was a natural team leader with innate athletic ability, excelling in downhill skiing, hockey and of course, Football. To the Queen’s football community he was known simply as “Arnie”. He was a key contributor to the success Queen’s teams enjoyed in the late 1970’s – a leader both on and off the field and a fierce competitor. Winning the Vanier Cup in 1978 was one of his proudest athletic achievements (along with, later, signing a CFL contract with the Toronto Argonauts). He was the guy at the “back of the bus” on all the road trips, spinning tales to make everyone laugh and liberally using the words “clowns” and “buddy”. For those who came in touch with him at Queen’s, he was a great friend, brother, teammate, team captain and coach. To his countless students over a 34 year teaching career (every one of them spent at O’Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute), he was “Mr. P.” – a master teacher, coach, mentor and inspiring role model. His dedication to his students’ success was unparalleled and he made real, positive, life changing differences in many of their lives. He met you at the level you were at and then he raised you up. Everyone wanted to be in Mr. P.’s class. It was no surprise he was nominated for the Ontario Teachers’ Federation “Teacher of the Year” award in 2006. To his Live Nation and Northwest Protection colleagues during his decades of concert security, he was the “Greek God of the Barricade” and a favourite of both the talent and their representatives. There were two sides of the Budweiser Stage concert venue: stage right and “Pat’s side”. He took great pride in his level of accountability and it showed in his meticulous planning and dedication. He often showed up before he was officially “on the clock” because it was never a job for him. It was his passion.Pat may have passed on, but in our hearts he will remain the larger than life, razor-edge humoured, stand up “go to” guy that he always was. Rest in peace, #44. His family would like to recognize and relay their gratitude to the First Responders, Doctors and Nursing staff at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, for their determined efforts to assist Pat in his hours of need and to support the comfort of those around him. Our sincere thanks to you all. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Wednesday, May 15th from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, May 16th at 2 p.m. with one hour visitation prior. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, 15 May , 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, 16 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 16 May , 2019


Patrick Zachary Plishka

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Colin McIntosh

17 May 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Pat at O'Neil for about six years, spending time in the Geography office chatting and listening to the numerous hilarious stories that Pat spun so well. To say that he was an excellent teacher is an understatement. He was "that" teacher, the one who made every student feel important, and that they could achieve anything. Pat was a coach and mentor to many, he was larger than life, and the world will sorely miss his passion for everything he did. Thanks for all the great memories Pat.

Sarah Wood

16 May 2019

To me, Mr. Plishka was one of my favourite teachers.
Going through high school I didn't trust a lot of adults.
I found that most teachers didn't care about their students.
However that can't be said of Mr. Plishka. He was a very great teacher and I wished i had more classes with him. In his class he would speak his mind and tell you like it is. He was scary at first but in the end he was a very nice person. I loved how he stood his ground when the other classmates made fun of him and others. He stood up for what he believed in no matter the consequences.
He was always there for me and others going through tough times. If we needed to talk to someone he was there. I only got to be in his class in grade 9 of 2013 and graduated in 2016. But he left before my grad. It's hard to believe that he's already gone.
I'm 21 now and I will miss him, he will always be that teacher the one who would stand tall and held his head up high.

For his loved ones, I wish i could've met you but i'm sure he's in a better place now.
Although he might not be with us on earth. He's with god up in heaven.
I wish the family the very best in their lives and i'm sorry for your loss.

May god be with you in these desperate times.

Sarah Wood a former High school student at O'Neill C.V.I

Tawny Flude

16 May 2019

Knowing Pat felt like knowing a celebrity. He was truly a real life superhero. I will forever be grateful for the years of memories and laughs that I was lucky enough to share with him. He was a mentor, friend and father-figure who taught me to make the most out of life and to accept nothing but the best. Pat, you are so loved and will be so missed by so many. Rest peacefully.

Dom Fera

16 May 2019

Pat my friend you will be missed by all who knew you concerts will not be the same without you in the barricade defusing all situations you taught all us security personal well you were a class act stand up guy to all of us thanks for all the memories 🙏🏻until we me again 👍 sending my sincere condolences to his family , students ,friends , are

Laura Feeney

15 May 2019

I was one of the first students at O'Neill to experience the very beginning of Pat's tenure as a teacher, as I started attending there in the fall of 1979. He showed up as a student teacher in Bill Barton's class and the rest is history. My husband Allan and I graduated in 1983 and were married on May 16th 1987 (I'm having alot of trouble with the irony of saying "see you later" to a high school teacher exactly 32 years later to the day of him being laid to rest :( ). In 2004 our daughter Stephanie attended O'Neill and she too then experienced those huge shoulders leaning over her as she asked a question to him as he taught a Learning Strategies class. Next time they saw him was at a wrestling match as he performed his security detail. Pat lived a full life I am just saddened it was cut short. To Pat....thanks for the touched alot of lives and made good things happen to kids when they needed an ear. It's not goodbye - it's see you later.
Thank you again and GODSPEED
To his family - from mine to yours - our most sincere condolences.

Allan and Laura Feeney (nee Wild) - 1979-1983 Alumni
Stephanie Feeney 2004 Alumni

Joe Pantalleresco

15 May 2019

I worked with Pat at OCVI for 23 years and had many visits in his geography office talking about life. Pat was an amazing man and truly cared for the students and staff at O’Neill. I have many memories of what Pat did at the school from setting up the weight room to driving a motorcycle into the auditorium when air band night was running which was his baby! He also had a wrestling match with full ring in the gym. Nothing was too big for him to achieve. It was a privilege to work beside him daily and I considered him a friend as well. My prayers go out to his family in this time of grieving. Sincerely Joe

Jose Barbosa

15 May 2019

Pat by reading all the comments and seeing all the people at your viewing today there was obviously more to you then I had a chance to get to know. From what I did know you were an awesome human being who was a blast to be around with. Working with you in the pit was no easy task, being a young 20 something year old trying to keep up with a retired teacher was quite embarrassing at times but we made the best of it. I will miss working the barricade with you, hearing all your stories, words of wisdom and stepping over tons of empty sunflower seeds. So long for now my friend, till we meet again!

David Locker

15 May 2019

Like so many, I feel very fortunate to have been a student of Mr. Plishka in high school. He was a positive and motivating influence on me at a time when role models are critical.

His approach to teaching and his manner with his students expanded my idea of what a teacher and educator could be. I worked harder in his classes than any other and in retrospect, cared about his opinion of my efforts more than any teacher or professor I had after the fact.

I am grateful to have known him and been one of the many lives he touched.

Steve Villeneuve

15 May 2019

On the most chaotic days Pat could calm the mayhem and make you believe that you could turn it around for the better. Quiet confidence and a wicked sense of humour. Pat lived full on. Living on in spirit. 110%

Mandy Devere

15 May 2019

So many shows between here and oshawa,I am going to BLS tonight with an extremely heavy heart cause I know you would never miss your boys was looking forward to seeing you :( so sorry to all your family and loved ones RIP Poppa Kool (as we used to call him) you are missed 🙏❤