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McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

OBITUARY

David William Fishman

June 12, 1950June 19, 2020
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David William Fishman, 70, of Sun City, Arizona died on Friday, June 19, 2020. He was born June 12, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Albert E. and Della D. (McGrath) Fishman. After his dad passed, when Dave was only 2, he moved with his mom and older brother (Tom) to Chicago, Illinois to be close to the McGrath family. His mother had a large family of 13 siblings and so he grew up with his cousins and close-knit group of aunts and uncles, who lived in Chicago and Lead, South Dakota.

Dave graduated from Southern Illinois University, where he would go on to have a career in human resources. He worked for several companies, including Montgomery Ward, Keebler (being our favorite), State Street Bank (which moved them to Kansas), United Airlines, YellowFreight, and lastly Saint Luke's Health System where he would retire in 2012. Dave’s passions were not just his family, but also included sports, motorcycles and his Porsche. He was an avid sports fanatic, especially when it came to his Chicago teams. Baseball was his passion and the Chicago White Sox held a special place in his heart. Once he retired, he joined the Sun City baseball league, where he played first base and catcher. He also volunteered during spring training, as an usher and drove the golf carts which transported fans from the parking lot to the stadium. He enjoyed talking to his passengers about their love for the game, as well.

He also loved to ride his Harley Davidson “Fatboy” motorcycle. He loved cruisin on his bike and had made a couple trips to Sturgis, South Dakota with his biker buddies. He had even claimed he’d get a tattoo someday to prove his “bad boy” biker status.

Lastly, after decades of talking about getting a porsche (literally decades and decades) he finally was able to check it off of his bucket list.

Dave was diagnosed with stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma in 2014 and was able to gain remission twice throughout his battle. He fought to the very end and put up a strong fight. He loved living life, was quick-witted and had a great sense of humor. He was a wonderful family man. To his family, he was better known and proud to be “Papa” to his 6 grandkids. He is survived by his loving wife, Gina; his brother, Tom; his 2 daughters, Lindsay (Will) West and Lauren Cannova and his 6 grandchildren, Peyton, Mia, Rocco and Nash West and Drake and Anthony Cannova.

He will be dearly missed, never forgotten and loved always.

Visitation will be from 10-11 am on Wednesday, July 1st at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14251 Nall Ave., Leawood, Kansas 66223, with Mass to follow at 11 am. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kansas.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Entombment

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Ronald Boyce

June 30, 2020

Gina,
So stunned when I saw the news of David's
passing, and him and your family having to
struggle thru his illness.

He was a good friend and we shared many
memories, especially in Chicago when we
worked together. He was a bit overboard in
his love of the Chicago sports teams, but that was him, you just had to put up with it.

I really regret that we missed out on the last twenty years or so. As I've gotten older and older over that 20 years, we've lost a lot of family and friends, and I always wish I would have been closer with every one of them. But time and life gets away from you.

Your daughters still seem like they should be so young to me, but I was happy to see that they have families and have blessed you with grandchildren. That gives all of you support in this time of grief when you so much need it.

Wish the best to you and them and their families as you attempt to carry on after your loss.

Ron and Judy Boyce

Christopher Carter

June 28, 2020

Dave was my uncle, but our paths rarely crossed as we lived in different states. That changed when serendipitously we found ourselves moving to Arizona around the same time, about eight years ago. During that time, we golfed (a lot), sang karaoke, went to baseball games, played multiple games of cards, and had a few beers. Dave was a master story teller with his gestures, and unique cadence and inflection in his voice. A voice that will always be with me. I was able to hear many of these stories as we spent time on the golf course. Dave loved to golf but the only golf story I need to share is that Dave made a 75 yard, or was it an 85-yard, eagle on a par 4 and I witnessed it. Dave loved Stairway to Heaven and we sang it loud and proud at karaoke, and by the side of the pool. We had a blast all the time, Dave was just fun to be around because he loved life and living it. His generous heart and sharp rational mind imbued with wisdom will always have an influence on me and I am grateful for the time we were able to share.
Dave loved his family and always had a story about his grandchildren, whom he was devoted to.
Gina, my heart goes out to you, Lindsay and Lauren and the children.

Paige Noss

June 24, 2020

Dear Gina, Lindsay, Lauren, Tom and families,

We are filled with heartache for you at the loss of dear Dave. He truly fought the good fight for all that came his way health wise.
We will be thankful he is out of pain, but are so very sad he left so soon. 70 years is not enough.
We pray God’s love will bring you comfort and peace as you continue on this life’s journey. Cling to the happy memories in the days ahead. He certainly loved his family well.
Love and hugs,
Paige, Mike & Gillian

Michelle Bersbach

June 23, 2020

Dave was a fantastic husband to Gina, Father to his two daughters, Lindsay Fishman West (William) and Lauren Fishman Cannova, and Brother Tom. Best Papa to six wonderful grandchildren Peyton, Mia, Nash, Rocco (twins) Anthony, and Drake (twins) He was fun, funny, loving to joke around with his grands. He truly loved his family. I was honored to know and love him, not only as the father to my beautiful daughter-in-law...but as a wonderful caring friend. He fought a courageous battle with lymphoma and proved to all of us that he had a Real fighting spirit and he had no intention of going quietly into the night. A true sports fan...he even played baseball on a Senior league. I am sad for our families tremendous loss and will cherish all of the Beautiful memories of birthday’s, holiday’s , and family gatherings with the Fishman family.
Gina, Tom, Lindsay, Lauren and Peyton...there are not enough words to express my sadness for each of you. He will be deeply missed by many friends and family. He really was one of the kindest men I have known.
You are all in our prayers and We love each of you. Our deepest condolences. ~Michelle & Paul Bersbach

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