Dan Majewski, co-owner of the leather bars Cell Block ( Chicago ) and the Eagle ( Detroit ) , passed away Oct. 21 in Detroit of a massive heart attack. He was 45.
Majewski was the beloved son of Dorothy and the late Ervin Majewski; the loving brother of David ( Gwen ) and Kenneth; and the loving partner of Frank Blondale and Thomas Stabnicki. He was also the dear uncle of Tom, Jamie, Kenneth and Marc.
Visitation was held Oct. 24 at Charles R. Step Funeral Home in Redford Township, Mich. There was no funeral because Majewski requested to be cremated.
In a letter that has been posted on several Web sites, including ChicagoDen.com, Blondale said that ' [ t ] he one thing that Danny WAS passionate about was bartending.'
Blondale added that ' [ Majewski ] was, at various times, my lover, my best friend, my critic, and my supporter—and he has always been my partner in the unique way that we defined.'
When asked what he would miss most about Majewski, Blondale told Windy City Times that it was 'being able to go to him with my ideas, and have him temper and guide them.'
Blondale—Majewski's business partner as well as a life partner of 26 years—said that a memorial is being planned at the Cell Block in early December, near Majewski's birthday. Details will be made available after they are finalized.
In lieu of flowers, individuals may make contributions to the Chicago HIV/AIDS organization Vital Bridges ( www.vitalbridges.org ) or Michigan's Triangle Foundation ( www.tri.org ) .