Dennis James Jozefowicz, 44, the original webmaster for the South Florida Gay News, passed away last Friday morning, February 12, after a very brief illness.
Jozefowicz, also known as a popular DJ and host for Karaoke nights at Scandals and the Stable, had gone into the hospital almost two weeks ago, after being diagnosed with a case of ‘double pneumonia.’
However, his conditioned worsened steadily, and Jozefowicz died from acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Norm Kent, the publisher of SFGN, issued a statement proclaiming Dennis “an individual who brought devotion and dedication to the tasks he filled so responsibly and reliably every day. Our office is saddened and our hearts are pained by his loss. Too quick, too soon, too sudden."
At Scandals, owner Ken Kelley, who is hosting a gathering in Dennis’s memory Wednesday afternoon, stated simply that “Dennis was a great friend to me, and like many, I will miss him so much.”
Nicknamed affectionately “Liquorsister,” Dennis was a webmaster, videographer, producer, DJ, artistic creator and film buff. He was most proud of his home cooking, and living a simple life, content with a drink at the Hard Rock, or producing a video at his home work station while chomping down on leftover Jet’s Pizza.
“He helped keep the office calm and sane and responsible,” said Bren Lies, SFGN’s Art Director, who worked beside him for the last two years.
Dennis had described himself as a “gay media slave” and worked on the online website NationalGayNews.com prior to joining SFGN in 2010.
He became locally popular hosting “The Dennis Show” at Scandals and the Stable, two local country bars in greater Fort Lauderdale.
Services memorializing Dennis will be held at the Kalis-McIntee Funeral Home in Wilton Manors. His remains will be returned to his surviving sister and mother, in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.