Mr. David J. Forgac

Age 65

Northport Funeral & Cremation Service family extends our warmest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mr. David J. Forgac.

Services will be held in the Chapel of Northport Funeral & Cremation on Sat March 2nd  at 4:30 p.m., for David Joseph Forgac who passed away suddenly Feb 22, 2019, at UAB Hospital.  Dave was born May 2nd, 1953 in Youngstown, Oh., a son of Joseph John and Ann Marie Missik Forgac who proceeded him in death.  

Dave can be best described as an inquisitive, cheerful family man with a passion for all things mechanical and a calling to the sky.  As a young man he began in aviation by obtaining his helicopter pilots license and then added fixed wing continuing with even more ratings over the years including instructor.  In 2018, he was celebrated by the Northport News for his 200th Young Eagle Flight where he volunteered his time to give a free flight lesson to children interested in aviation. 

Dave, was also a very talented mechanic.  He was known to his family as the guy who could “fix anything but a broken heart” a truism that resounded in those who love him.  He said this often throughout the various panicked calls from his children and continued on over the years with his grandchildren.  He would take the time to not only fix the problem but, make it better than it was and in doing so, teach as he completed the repair.  Dave worked to obtain his FAA Aircraft Mechanic License and added the Inspection Authorization Certification to his list of accomplishments. 

As an entrepreneur, Dave had several successful businesses.  Beginning in construction and helping establish a Co-Op Flight School in Youngstown, Oh., he finally found the perfect business that resonated with him in Alabama completing annual aircraft inspections.  His reputation as a fair, honest and talented mechanic continued to grow.  He helped many in the aviation community and would not hesitate to take calls or come to the rescue when unexpected things would break on airplanes. 

Dave was always teaching.  As a young man, he would have his two daughters helping him fix this or that in the garage or the house.  He would constantly be asking questions to make them think about and pay attention to their situational awareness.  In his older years, he maintained this same philosophy with his grandchildren often taking them to the airport and for flights as his “co-pilots”.  Dave would teach indiscriminately and without judgment, young or old, all would be scolded by him for safety infractions or be given a brief lesson on how stuff works. 

Above everything, Dave was a family man.  He loved spending time with his wife Jaci whether it was working on home projects, relaxing in the pool or traveling to visit family together, the two enjoyed each others company and Dave always had some funny one liner to make her laugh.  He also loved having time with his children and grandchildren and his lifelong best friend Andy whom he would enjoy a breakfast with most Saturday mornings.  He will be missed so very much by all leaving a void in their lives and that of the Aviation Community. 

Dave will be remembered fondly by those he is survived by:  his wife Jacquelyn A. Forgac of Northport, AL; his Aunt Anna Marie Chulik of Naples, FL; daughters and their significant others, Tammy J. (Michael P.) Marcis of Austintown, OH, Mandy J. Forgac (Bryan M. Pribula) of Ladson, SC; his step children Martin W. (Kara) Murphy of Tuscaloosa, AL, Amber M Murphy (Tyler Shelton) of Tuscaloosa, AL; his grandchildren, Michael D. Marcis, Summer A. Marcis, Brayden M. Legates, Chrystian T. Shelton, Magnolia E. Murphy (deceased) and Vincent J. Murphy; partner in crime and best friend; Andrew J. (Barb) Leson; Siblings and their spouses, Joanne (Dave) Weber of N. Jackson, OH, Pati (Scott) Bittinger of Marietta, GA, Jane (Mark) Bittinger of Strongsville, OH and Jim (Barb) Forgac of Youngstown, OH.

In remembrance of Dave and his passion for aviation, the family has established the David J. Forgac Aviation Scholarship Fund.  Donations can be sent C/O David J. Forgac Aviation Scholarship Fund 9704 Table Mountain Lane Ladson, SC 29456.

Compassionate, sympathetic, and professional service has been entrusted to the hands and care of Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Professional Team.



  1. Maureen February 26, 2019 at 6:28 pm - Reply


    Joel and I are wishing you and your entire family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts!!

    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers sweetie!

    <3 Joel and Maureen Beardman

  2. Faith Leson February 26, 2019 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    May God bless your family with peace and strength during this most difficult time. My sincerest sympathy. Dave I remember when you took my son’s for the first airplane ride! Makes me smile remembering how thrilled they were telling us all about their ride.

  3. Denise a (baker) stubrich HHS class of 94 February 26, 2019 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Mandy I’m so sorry to hear about your dads passing I followed your post my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  4. Mary Ann Went February 26, 2019 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Mandy, what a beautiful dedication to your dad. I truly enjoyed reading about his life. Praying for you, Bryan and all of your family in your time of sorrow. I love you my dear sweet friend.

  5. Sandi Boron February 27, 2019 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Beautiful dedication Mandy. So sorry for your loss Mandy and Bryan and entire family. Love, Blaine and Sandi Boron

  6. Jolene Baldado February 27, 2019 at 2:04 am - Reply

    May God bless and hold your family dear to his heart at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

  7. Deb Leson February 27, 2019 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Mandy and Tammy Jaci deepest sympathy such a loss

  8. Shawana Addison February 27, 2019 at 11:08 am - Reply

    To the family and friends of Mr Dave ,I give my deepest sympathy, I work at subway in reform where Mr Dave was a regular customer, he will truly be missed, may God continue to strengthen the family

  9. Jackie Brodsky February 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Jaci and family, so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Jane Forgac Bittinger February 28, 2019 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Jaci, Mandy, and Tammy, what a lovely tribute to Dave. We were all so shocked and saddened by his passing. We’re sending all our sympathy and love.

  11. Thomas Delvaux February 28, 2019 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Very sorry to learn of your fathers passing. Our condolences Mandy.

  12. Karen LaPresta February 28, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the Forgac family. Great tribute and great memories. God Bless.

  13. Mitch Jarzynkowski February 28, 2019 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing . Amy always talked about her flying experiences with Dave .

  14. Jacki Trace March 2, 2019 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I am sorry learn of Dave’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jacki Trace

  15. Jacki Trace March 2, 2019 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Jaci, I am sorry to learn about Dave’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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