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Dr. John Joseph McCloskey

May 21, 1943 ~ February 26, 2021 (age 77)


Dr. John J. McCloskey, Col, U.S. Army, Retired, passed away on Friday February 26, 2021 in Pascagoula, MS.

Dr. McCloskey was born the oldest of six children, to Joseph and Bernadette McCloskey on May 21,1943 in Pittsburgh, PA.  His formal education was earned at St Louis School of Medicine Class of “69”, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, internship 1969-1970, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Neurological Surgery, 1970-1976, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Residency, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in Miami, FL 1976-1977, and practiced neurosurgery at Singing River Hospital from 1979-2014.  He had a deep passion for his profession as a Neurosurgeon and his church, Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church.  He loved his family, church, jogging, military service and his many friends and patients. 

 He retired as a Colonel in the United States Army and served in the Army Reserves for 40 plus years. He was thrilled to served his country, serving in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served not because he had to but a desire to leave the world a better place.      

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Francis and Bernadette McCloskey. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Phyllis Combs McCloskey of Pascagoula, MS; children, John Michael McCloskey of Pascagoula, MS and Dr. Susan Ann McCloskey of Santa Monica, CA; Siblings, Tom and Louise McCloskey of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Sheila and Hal Schoettger of Garden Valley, Idaho, Jim McCloskey and Judy Sanoian of Woodland Hills, CA. Susan McCloskey and Jim Roberts of Fairfax, Virginia, and Barbara McCloskey and Fred Evans of Pittsburgh, PA

A Celebration of life will be held at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at noon.  Visitation will be held prior from 10am-12noon. A private graveside service will be held at Biloxi National Cemetery with military honors. Because Dr. McCloskey was always concerned with the well being of others, please be aware that mask will be required and social distancing guidelines followed.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, 503 Convent Ave, Pascagoula, MS 39567. Condolences and memories may be shared online at

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March 6, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church (Pascagoula)

Mass of Christian Burial
March 6, 2021

12:00 PM
Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church (Pascagoula)

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