In Loving Memory

John E. Sosienski

April 8, 1950 - August 16, 2023


John Edward Sosienski, 73, longtime resident of Mobile, AL. Passed away August 16, 2023, from complications caused by West Nile Virus. 

John was born April 8, 1950, in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Mobile, Alabama in 1968 on a full scholarship to the University of South Alabama, playing college basketball for the USA Jaguars. 

John was the ultimate outdoorsman, enjoying biking, dog parks, kayaking and floating down the river, as well as fishing, boating, camping, scuba diving, and frisbee golf. John was in good health and family and friends were devastated a mosquito bite led to his illness. 

John is survived by his four loving children, Nathaniel, Jenifer, Matthew, and Alisha; four amazing grandchildren, Sophia, Landon, Addison, and Brooks; two siblings, Mary Nell and James Francis; his beloved dog, Frank; as well as so many lifelong friendships, whom he considered nothing less than family.

John was loved by so many and will be greatly missed by us all.  Party on John and crank up the rock and roll as you join your parents, Frank and Eleanor, and dog, Pink Floyd, in the eternal afterlife. 

No services are planned at this time. Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Rob Hughes

    I met John on the basketball team in 1969. Always a friend, generous and kind. You are missed by us all, my friend.

  2. Liz Outlaw

    I’m so sorry for the loss of John under such abnormal circumstances. John was a family man who loved his children and grandchildren. He was definitely an outdoorsman and lover of life. He certainly fought hard through his battle with cancer and other illnesses. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  3. Corky Perkins

    John was my best friend growing up. We were inseparable from junior high until graduation from high school. We often are meals at one another’s homes, sometimes both on the same night. Summers were spent shoeless and shirtless unless playing basketball in his backyard or at a school parking lot, wherever we could find a pickup game. He loved basketball and honed his craft at every opportunity. His wiry frame sometimes gave other guys the impression he wasn’t tough; he was far from it. He could hold his own against tough guys on and off the court. We often spent the heat of summer days in the cool of his basement playing ping pong or trying to break our record for consecutive hits, which was in the thousands by the time we left for college. Dating became a whole new adventure. Girls either loved us or hated us because we had so many inside jokes and stories. When I started dating my wife, Carrol, John would often come along with or without a date. He was the best man in our wedding. John was by far the best friend I ever had. He was funny, faithful, gifted, intelligent, and memorable. If he was your friend, you were blessed beyond a full measure. Although we didn’t see much of each other after college, he is and forever will be part of me.


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