In Loving Memory

October 14, 1952 – April 4, 2018


John S. Cwiklik, Ph.D., born October 14, 1952, passed away on April 4, 2018, at the age of 65.  John was the loving husband of Margaret M. “Peggy” McGinn, dear dad of Lyndsie E. Cwiklik and Lacie A. (Jonah E.) Lloyd, proud grandfather of Graylan A. Lloyd, compassionate stepdad of Daniel D. and Terrence J. Richard, beloved brother of Robert A. (Julie A. Sochalski) Cwiklik, and fond brother-in-law of Terrence J. (Kathleen M.), Neil C. (Mary Pat), and Frank D. (Scherri M.) McGinn.  John was preceded in death by his dedicated parents, John C. “Marty” and Alice B. Colozzi Cwiklik.  He was a cherished son-in-law, “new son,” of Mary Margaret McGurk (the late V. Terrence) McGinn, and treasured godson of Jean Simmons.  He is further survived by many caring cousins and revered friends.

John was a graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, New York, and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.  John earned a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University, a M.A. in Human Resource Management from Hawaii Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University.

His certifications include a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resources Management.  John was a skilled executive coach.

John’s background was diverse and included experience in hotels, restaurants, clubs, cruise lines, and casinos as well as teaching at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.  His work experience covered thirteen states as well as St. Croix and Grand Cayman.

Special thanks to Dr. Jacob B. Webster for his no-nonsense attitude and sincere commitment to John’s care.  A heartfelt thank you is also extended to Dr. Robert A. Gilbert and his staff for their steadfast professionalism and unwavering sense of caring.  Sincere gratitude goes to John’s “rock star” doctor, Dr. Christopher M. Duma of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California, whose extraordinary skills undoubtedly extended John’s life.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Hoag Hospital Foundation, 330 Placentia Avenue, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663, in memory of John S. Cwiklik.  Gifts will be directed to the Brain Tumor Program fund at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.  Gifts can also be made by visiting their website at and selecting the “Donate” tab at the top of the page.  There is a place in the “Tribute Information” section to reference the donation being made on behalf of John S. Cwiklik.

The family will hold a private mass of remembrance at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama.  Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

John will be remembered for his fearless attitude, thirst for knowledge, strong work ethic, enthusiastic mentoring, GQ look, love of travel, renowned culinary skills, quick wit, captivating stories, and positive outlook.  Throughout his courageous seventeen-month battle with glioblastoma, John maintained his trademark sense of humor.  He passed away peacefully at his home in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

Three little words to remember John forever are “never enough garlic.”

Expressions of condolence to the family may be made at:  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.