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David Allen Fish
May 3, 1948 ~ August 9, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of David Allen Fish
May 3rd, 1948 - August 9th, 2023
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Allen Fish, a remarkable individual whose life was a testament to dedication, service, and unwavering commitment to his community. Born on May 3rd, 1948, in Ashtabula, Ohio, he peacefully transitioned from this world on August 9th, 2023 at age 75, leaving behind a legacy that will forever inspire those who were fortunate to know him.
Dave graduated from Ashtabula Harbor High School and pursued higher education at Kent State University's main campus. There, he immersed himself in Political Science, developing a deep understanding of governance and policy-making that would become the cornerstone of his career.
With a heart dedicated to service, Dave began his career in social services in 1993 when he was appointed as the Senior AIDES Project Director under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). His dynamic leadership and innovative approach soon propelled him forward, and within three years, he earned a well-deserved promotion to Program Operations Manager. Throughout his journey, Dave consistently showcased his expertise in designing policies, interpreting laws, managing budgets, overseeing government programs, and most importantly, being a leader.
In 2000, Dave embraced a new role as the Program Administrator for Workforce Development with the Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services. As the chair of the Ashtabula County Partner Council and a member of various workforce committees, including the Ashtabula Workforce Policy Committee and the Geauga Ashtabula Portage Partnership (GAPP) Area 19 Workforce Investment Board, David played a pivotal role in shaping policies that positively impacted countless lives in Northeast Ohio.
In 2013, David's commitment to his community extended to a new realm as he took on the role of Administrator of the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) under the auspices of the Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services. This role underscored his dedication to family well-being and his unyielding belief in the importance of fair and supportive systems.
Beyond his noteworthy career, David was a beloved husband, father, and friend. His warmth, wisdom, and ever-present smile brightened the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. Dave loved bowling, golfing and going out to dinner with his friends and family. His knowledge and love of Cleveland sports was seemingly boundless, as many of those in his life can attest. He had a quick wit, a wealth of side splitting jokes and many entertaining stories to tell.
Dave will be deeply missed by his wife Cynthia Fish, his children Melissa Gintert, Catherine Gintert and Jason Gintert, his grandchildren Eliza and Hazel Gintert, and his cherished friends and colleagues.
Celebration of life will be held Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Debonne Vineyard 7840 Doty Rd Madison, OH 44057. Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to join together to honor his legacy, share stories, and find solace in each other's company. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Dave's name to The Ashtabula Foundation (https://www.ashtabulafoundation.org/) reflecting his enduring commitment to the betterment of the community.
David Fish's life was an embodiment of selfless dedication, leadership, and a resolute belief in the transformative power of service. As we bid farewell to a remarkable man, let us carry his legacy forward by embracing the values he held dear - compassion, knowledge, and a genuine desire to make the world a better place for all.
"His life was a lesson in love; his memory a blessing to us all."