Daniel Joseph McWard

Daniel Joseph McWard

July 21, 1952 ~ June 16, 2020

Born in: Bloomington, IL
Resided in: Laguna Niguel, CA

Dan McWard passed away at his home in Laguna Niguel, California on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 with his wife Kathleen, son Terry and fiancé Joyce Abbey by his side. His best friend and Godfather to his son, Terry O’Connell was also with the family. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Dan is also survived by his brother Pat McWard, niece Kayla and nephew Connor, stepdaughters Heidi (Aaron) and Heather (Alex) and their children Ava, River, Charlie and Lucy. Proud of his Irish heritage, he cherished his large extended family – the McWards – and enjoyed the annual family reunions.

Dan was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1952. He attended Central Catholic High School and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Dan maintained very close relationships with his friends from school throughout his life and was loved by many.

As a Marketing Executive in the Ophthalmic Surgical business for over 30 years, Dan’s companies included Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch and Lomb, Visiogen and Iolab. Throughout his career, Dan developed strong friendships and relationships that remain to this day. He had a deep Christian faith and was a member of Saddleback Church. Dan was a philanthropist with interests in The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and WHW in Irvine, among others.

Dan enjoyed travel and visited over 40 countries in his lifetime for business and pleasure. He was an avid runner, enjoyed skiing and golf, but spending time with family and friends was his greatest joy. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend…and handsome to boot! Dan, you will be missed but not forgotten.

Dan will be cremated at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills. Two celebrations of his life are being planned as circumstances permit: one in Newport Beach, California and one in Chicago, Illinois. Please go on line to oconnormortuary.com/obits/daniel-joseph-mcward/ for updated information. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The American Cancer Society.


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  1. Laurie Henkel reed June 24, 2020 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Went to Ambrose with Dan. He was a great guy

  2. Mike Hunter June 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    True to his Irish heritage, Dan was a fighter. His battle with cancer was nothing short of amazing.
    If I had not witnessed it with my own eyes, I could not believe it. His courage and optimism were also a constant source of comfort and inspiration for my wife during her cancer fight. Providing encouragement and helping others in the midst of his own life and death struggle gives you the measure of this man. A blessing to have known him.
    Godspeed Dan McWard.

  3. Ronald Roush June 24, 2020 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    I am saddened by the Loss. I did not know Dan that well, but he sure knew how to make the light in Kathys’ Eyes very bright. He will be missed, and I am sure he is seeing the Glory of the Lord. RIP Dan.

  4. Debbie DeFrain June 25, 2020 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I never met Dan but it was obvious he was a very loved man. In the end of it all, love prevails and keeps memories alive. I will pray for his family while they grieve his loss. I know he is sitting at the right hand of Jesus smiling down thinking “just wait till you see where I am!” We will be together again!

  5. Matt & Cecilia Frinzi June 25, 2020 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Dan is now with the Angels and he will be missed by his many friends.

  6. Keith Zinn June 25, 2020 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Dan and Kathy came to our family reunion/ 50th wedding anniversary Laura and I enjoyed meeting him at the gatherings. Our hearts go out to Kathy and the family for his loss. Dan won over all who knew him like he did with us, with his warmth and kindness,

  7. Tom and Terri Grob June 25, 2020 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    We are so saddened to learn of this . What a wonderful man he was, sseking and arranging help for people in our family who were grappling with physical issues while he himself suffered; continuing to be the hands and feet of Christ and putting others needs ahead of his own. Heaven’s gain is our loss. Prayers and so much love for Kathy and his family during this most difficult time.

  8. barbara Masters June 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Barbara Masters

  9. Marilyn & Frank Pontious June 26, 2020 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Marilyn and Frank Pontious


  10. Carole Weber Grantham June 27, 2020 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I am so saddened to hear of Dan’s death. What a loss of a nice man. Dan and I went to high school together in Bloomington. He always made us laugh. He was so good natured. It was always nice to know he worked and lived close by. We always said we would meet up with our spouses to have dinner, but it never happened. I talked to him when David Kane was sick. He filled me in about Dave’s illness. He spoke so highly of his family. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a good man!

    (Please let me know when his celebration of life info is set. We will either be here or in Bloomington in the next couple of months. Thanks.)

  11. Linda Forbes June 27, 2020 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs.

  12. Steve Crutcher June 28, 2020 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Dan and I worked as bellboys at the Illinois House in Bloomington, Illinois. Dan and I were friends in the late 60’s.

    I’m so sorry to hear of his passing! I’ll always remember the fun times we had together.

    Blessings to Dans family!

  13. Kristi Dauser-Entrust June 28, 2020 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Dans care team. It was an honor to know him, as his courage was inspiring.

  14. Sandy Wulf June 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Gonna miss you, Boss.

  15. Carole Dubbs June 30, 2020 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I am so saddened by this news. Having worked with Dan for several years at J&J/Iolab, his leadership and friendship was above all others. Dan has many friends who will miss him terribly.

  16. Jennifer (Hospelhorn) Jordan July 1, 2020 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I grew up across the street from Dan and Pat’s parents outside of Hudson Illinois. I remember every Christmas going down to the house and getting to see Dan and Pat when they came home for the holidays. You would never meet a nicer and kinder family. It saddens me to see that Dan has passed away but he is home with his parents. With deepest sympathy as you remember Dan.

  17. Truc Woodall July 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I’m so saddened to hear the sad news of the loss of Dan. I worked for Dan for years at Bausch + Lomb. He was a wonderful manager and human being. He had the best sense of humor and was always there for me. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

  18. Ed & Teresa Reeves Anderson July 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the McWard family, May the love of family and friends carry you through and bring you comfort.

  19. Karen Frinzi July 9, 2020 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was truly a special man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

  20. David and Ginger Hancock July 19, 2020 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Dear Dan we all will miss you so much. You always had a smile on your face, that great Irish humor and a sincere interest in helping others. David and I could never thank you and Kathy enough for introducing us to the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute when we needed it the most. You two are a match made in heaven and we’ll never forget that incredible wedding. Our hearts break to say goodbye, but we are thankful that in Christ, we know we will see you again one day.

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