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John E. Kwiatkowski 1943-2013

John E. Kwiatkowski

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June 29, 2013
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Kwiatkowski family on your loss, and I hope that fond memories of John's presence in your lives help to soften the sadness of his passing. I had the good pleasure of getting to know John during a Christmas 1979 trip to London with his brother, Jim, and our good friend, Steve. Carol and Connie were back home in the states for the holidays, so it was just the guys making the best of it, and John was kind enough to welcome us into his home during our stay in London. I remember what a gentle and generous man he was, with an easy manner and a twinkle in his eye. I wanted to cook a Christmas dinner for John and the boys as a way of saying thanks for their welcoming hospitality, and we searched several London markets for rock cornish hens, as my cooking skills were limited but I figured they would be easy to bake and an acceptable, albeit festive, substitute for a traditional American turkey dinner. We couldn't find them anywhere, so we settled on a duck or goose or some other fowl … and suffice it to say, the bird was undercooked and greasy and the dinner was a disaster. John, with all his good humor, just kept encouraging me anyway and acted as if it was the best Christmas dinner he ever had … skills learned from a lifetime of diplomacy, I'm sure! I like to think of John and Jim reunited again, sitting over cups of coffee at the Cosmic Café and laughing about that episode and all the others they shared in their lives. Somewhere on this great planet that John traveled so extensively is a geode with his name on it, and it sparkles with all the good grace, gentle kindness and warmth of spirit that were his unique character. With hugs and fond wishes for the Kwiatkowski family from afar …
June 28, 2013
Carol and family,
God bless you all in this difficult time. John's unique humor will be missed by all of us. Pete and Michelle, Sarah, Ryan and Jocyn, Ben and Sara
June 28, 2013
June 28, 2013
John, when we were young I looked up to you and when we were adults I respected you and I always loved you. I will think of you every time I look at my peacock chair. Your suffering has ended so now Rest in Peace. I love you. Joyce
June 28, 2013
Connie and Peter - my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. I remember many great times with him and you both growing up in places around the world, and was always so excited when he brought you home to Toledo. Never as a child, was I more excited to go to play when you came for home leave, and your Dad was always around! Always remember the good memories as your family transitions on this next stage of life. May John rest in peace and you have comfort knowing he is no longer in pain.

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