In Celebration of

Remembering David William Fishback

October 31, 1962 -  August 28, 2023

David William Fishback, 60, residing in Mississauga, Ontario, passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday afternoon, August 28th, at Credit Valley Hospital.

David was born on October 31st, 1962 in Toronto. Being born on Halloween gave him particular ‘fame’. He grew up in Etobicoke and graduated from Kipling Collegiate Institute. For many years he worked for the City of Toronto.

David had a great love for music. He played the guitar and was a lead in the band Warison. They recorded an album and enjoyed playing rock music for their fans. David loved this part of his life.

He also loved dogs, both his parent’s dogs, his sister’s dogs, but most of all his dog, Kody. It was such a sad day when he lost Kody.

He also loved all things outdoors and especially snow skiing. He taught disabled people to ski in his free time.

But David’s greatest love was for his family. He loved to be part of family gatherings, large and small. He loved visiting his American family and later following them on social media and Facetiming. He especially loved spending time at the cottage once his parent’s retired up north.

In early 1999 David ‘woke up’ at the cottage and discovered he had no feeling below the waist and after being taken to the hospital the paralysis progressed to his upper body just below his shoulders. Although there was never any conclusive reason for this to have occurred it became a complete life change for him.

For the remaining years of his life he fought to remain independent and lived in his own apartment with the assistance of the ‘angels’ from The March of Dimes.

He rarely complained, always had a big smile when he was with his friends and family and likely read more books than the rest of us.

David’s parents, Bill and Margaret Fishback and his beloved brother-in-law, Romualdo D’Ippolito, predeceased him. He leaves behind his two sisters, Barbara Fishback Willey (spouse Barry Willey), and Janet Fishback D’Ippolito. Nephews and nieces, Rachael Willey, Jonathan Willey (Jamie, David and Michael), Anthony D’Ippolito (Violet and Vivianna) and Julia D’Ippolito-Saour (Najeeb, Brea and Lucas), as well as many cousins and friends.

He was so loved and will be so missed by us all.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Friday, September 01, 2023 from 2:30-3:30 pm. Funeral Service will held in the Chapel on Friday, September 01, 2023 at 3:30 pm, followed by a Reception at the Chapel.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Canada.

Online condolences may be made through this website.


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Ruth and Pino Gervasi and Family (Family Friend)

Entered August 30, 2023 from Mississauga

Our Heartfelt deepest condolences to Jan and all the family. Jan you often said “he was your rock” when you were going thru tough times but I believe you were his as well. We wish you peace and love thru this sad and difficult time but know your brother Dave is now resting in peace🙏

Catherine Rosa Sinisalo (Friend of Jan’s)

Entered August 30, 2023 from Etobicoke

Dear Jan
I am so sorry for your loss. You have had a hard few years. I wish you and all the family strength and love. Rick & I send our sincere condolences. ♥️♥️♥️

Irene and Joe Mandarino (Friends)

Entered August 31, 2023 from Etobicoke

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your brother David.

Nancy Brett (Dixon Grove Classmate)

Entered September 1, 2023 from Wasaga Beach

Barb, Jan and the entire family, I am very sorry to hear of Daves passing. We connected back on Facebook while trying to find old friends from Dixon Grove Middle School. David and I played the violin and were classmates for the 3 years.
Rest in peace my friend.

Catherine Barnes (friend)

Entered September 1, 2023 from Toronto

I am so sorry for your loss.
Dave took guitar lessons from my Dad back in the day.
After my Mom died, Dave phoned my Dad and they had a nice long chat. I can't express how grateful I was for this as he really cheered Dad up.
Dave you were a kind and .positive man, we will miss you.
Rest peacefully my friend.


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