Bruce Bogan, a well-known print shop owner, passed away over the weekend from heart failure. He was 56.
“Bruce was very successful at doing graphics and print work,” said Brad Casey, a salesman who worked with Bogan at the now defunct Buzz Magazine. “And, more importantly, he was a fun guy to be around.”
Before settling in South Florida, Bogan was a graphic designer in his home state of New York with a client list that included the Ronald McDonald House, Halston and WBLS-FM Radio. Bogan, Casey said, would regal friends with stories of the gay days of disco in 1970s New York City and the party scene at super clubs such as Studio 54, Limelight and Paradise Garage.
In South Florida, Bogan owned and operated Copy This, a Wilton Manors based business where he continued to apply his graphic design trade while assisting charitable organizations in the LGBT community.
Bogan is survived by his husband, Billy Sand. In a telephone interview with SFGN, Sand said the two had been together for six years, recently married and were planning a March ceremony and honeymoon cruise.
Sand, owner of Diner-By-The-Sea in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, said Bogan suffered a “widowmaker heart attack” three months ago was hospitalized and slipped into a coma. He recovered, however, with the help of a pacemaker, Sand said, but ultimately succumbed to infections associated with the pacemaker’s implantation.
“He loved serving the community,” Sand recalled. “He was known for hand delivery and a big smile and for saying ‘happy, happy, joy, joy.’”
Bogan received numerous awards for his good deeds. In 2010, the Wilton Manors ‘ Main Street Association honored Bogan with the “Keeping the Drive Alive Business of the Quarter Recognition Award.” A year later, Bogan captured grand prize honors in the South Florida Dancing with the Stars competition, teaming with Electra in the Brian Neal Fitness and Health HIV charity fundraiser.
“He was such a creative person,” Casey said. “He will certainly be missed.”