ForeverMissed
Janine Marie Losey Dorsey, 50, of Odessa, known for her quick wit with a wide smile, biting commentary with a sharp tongue and fierce loyalty to friends, family, pets and causes died May 11, leaving a gaping hole in the lives of many, especially her beloved daughters Erin and Kelly, who were raised to be as fierce as she.

Born in Vero Beach, it wasn’t long after her high school graduation that she headed to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. She would use that knowledge to its full capacity during a 25-year career at The Tampa Tribune, working in the archive department, eventually becoming a creative contributor and editor at TBO.com, the online partner of the newspaper. Beyond writing and posting breaking daily news, she wrote frequent online columns such as the very popular Free and Cheap, a thorough run-down of the best sales and coupons available that week and where, on any given day, you could score free stuff from doughnuts to school supplies.

After The Tribune closed, she found work at Bisk Education and, in the last year, at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where Janine kept the membership remotely engaged during the pandemic in pressing local issues and solutions.

Political activism, too, became an important part of her life and she would take up placards for protests, knock on doors to tout candidates or helping sign up new voters. Rescue animals also played a big role in Janine’s life and she is survived by three well-loved cats. But the true loves of her life were her daughters with her former husband, popular author Tim Dorsey.

She passionately supported Erin and Kelly in both their educational and athletic pursuits as well as being a font of the best motherly advice, sometimes given with sugar or a dose of spice. She was always the loudest cheerleader at her daughters’ flag-football games, band concerts and graduations from T.R. Robinson High School, Auburn University and the University of South Florida. She also found love again with entrepreneur Peter Yore, who also died in the accident that took Janine.

Her passion, fierceness and loyalty is profoundly missed by her daughters Erin Kelting Dorsey and Kelly Paige Dorsey, her parents, Henry Eugene Losey and Linda Ellen Lynam Losey, her brother Guy Losey, and nephews Blake and Evan Losey. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at 81Bay Brewing Company, 4465 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa. In lieu of flowers please give to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay or Planned Parenthood.
Posted by Michelle Bearden on May 19, 2021
Janine Dorsey was one of a kind. There was no one else like her.
Erin and Kelly, you already know that. You were so lucky to have a mom with such sass, smarts, snark and sappiness (when it came to cats). And yes, you were robbed of so many years, and that's a heartbreaking reality that is too hard to grasp at this moment.
Your mom sat across from me in the Tribune newsroom and she kinda scared me. She was an ultimate pro at multi-tasking -- frantically pounding away at the computer keys, immersed in editing or writing her column, calling one of you on the phone to make sure you were getting your homework done, brainstorming creative story ideas with a fellow TBOer, showing off a photo of one of you scoring at a recent Robinson flag football game and sniping at a colleague who had the nerve to reheat a fish dinner in the newsroom microwave. She was unstoppable and could move mountains. No matter how many balls she was juggling in the air, one thing we all knew: You two came first. And she did a helluva job.
My post-work friendship with Janine took off after the dark cloud of the 2016 election. She hastily called a Sunday meeting at your house of like-minded (and depressed) lost souls who didn't know where to turn and how to channel our grief. "Enough is enough," she told us. "Don't sit around and mope. Take some action!" And with that encouragement, I became a political activist for the first time in my life. Since I was no longer working as a journalist, I had the freedom to express my fear and anger, and to channel those feelings into something positive. I joined your mom on some marches, got involved in voter registration, canvassed for local and state candidates, and became an advocate for our battered side. She was the catalyst for me and others who needed that nudge. I will be forever grateful to her for helping unleash my voice and taking action to bring about change.
I still look for her funny posts on Facebook and her private messages (the kind that could get her kicked OFF Facebook!) during the four years we endured. And that video of her dancing for joy when the election was finally called last November is a treasure I hope you cherish forever. Pure happiness! 
For all of us who will miss Janine Dorsey as a friend, we know you will miss her a million times more as a mom. But you are forever tied to her, through your blood and through your genes, and she will live on through you. Don't ever forget that. As long as you live, her light cannot be extinguished.
Sending you love during this most difficult, dark time.

Posted by Debra Mckell on May 18, 2021
So sorry for your loss, as your Mom was such a vibrant neighbor on San Pedro and continued to be so when you moved a few blocks away. My daughter Kelley used to babysit you, so your Dad could focus on writing his book and she would always come home with stories about the cats. I was very surprised years later when she and her little dog would walk by (the dog was actually running to keep up). That little dog would bark at Mac (my golden retriever) and march into our yard like the owner. Mac would look at me and I told Janine that she must of told the dog the same thing she told you two - you can do anything you want to in life! You are very fortunate to have a wonderful mother like Janine. Your memories of her will be with you forever, and I know you both will continue to make her proud.
Posted by Mary anne Palmatier on May 17, 2021
I met Janine about 2 years ago when Pete introduced her to me on my nightly walk ...from the very first minute meeting her I knew how special she was ....Pete had a smile on his face from ear to ear and was so proud to introduce your mom to me . She was truly one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met ...we walked together ,rode bikes and she had the same love of cats that I have so of course we hit it off ;) they would come by almost nightly to see my 2 new rescue kittens ...Pete told her she could enjoy her kittens from “my” place ...Janine was a such a sweet loving lady ...I’m so glad she had a part in my life ....short as it was ...I was blessed to have met her ....may you find peace knowing she will be forever watching over you ❤️
Posted by Shauni Welsher on May 17, 2021
Janine and I were college roommates. She was a firecracker then as much as she was this year. Fiercely loyal and smart as a whip. Funny and strong. Wrote for our college paper the Oracle. We had so much fun. Then came marriage and kids. I moved around for my job. We always stayed in touch. She even came out and met me in Hawaii for an impromptu vacation. And helped me navigate the woes of politics in recent years. I can’t fathom her not being here to navigate the rest of life with me, though I know her legacy lives strong in her girls and in her friends. Until we meet again Janine, until we meet again..
Shauni Brooke
Posted by Diane Walton Blevins on May 16, 2021
I met Janine at a Girl Scout meeting where we both thought we were signing up our then kindergarten daughters for a Daisy troop. Turns out the only way to join a troop was if Moms at the event volunteered to be leaders. Janine didn’t hesitate, because someone needed to take action. We were co-leaders for 5 years, until Kelly moved onto Coleman, a year ahead of the rest of the troop. Janine was 100% committed and she was there for every meeting, every field trip and every camping adventure (even in July)! From the night we met, I knew Janine was unapologetically opinionated, brilliant, funny, unfiltered, loyal and had a HUGE heart!!

Over the 16+ years I knew Janine, it was clear every day that she loved Erin and Kelly so completely that she would do anything for them. Whatever the situation called for- advocate, teacher, coach, cheerleader, motivator, or simply a loving mother. Her daughters were truly her heart and her legacy. She was beyond proud of their achievements and talents, understandably so because they are remarkable young women and have Janine’s best qualities. Erin and Kelly are independent, brilliant, authentic, confident women who are ready to take on the world. Janine prepared them well. As we all struggle to even comprehend this tragedy, the outpouring of love for Janine and her daughters is a testament to the incredible impact Janine had on the people close to her.

Erin and Kelly, I am so very sorry for the unexpected, tragic loss of your Mom and the pain you’re going through. Know that we are here if you need anything now or ever in the future. ❤️ Diane, Gary, Skyler and Reed
Posted by Sabina Espinet on May 16, 2021
Erin and Kelly, when we first met, your mom and I did not hit it off right away because we were both sassy, salty, opinionated women in our mid-twenties. But once we warmed up to each other, those were the exact qualities that bonded us. We worked together for almost a decade at TBO and during that time we became friends who frequently ate lunch together (in the dreaded pink room and off campus), got into trouble together and socialized outside of work. Those of us who got past her tough-cookie exterior had the privilege of knowing the VIBRANT, hilarious, intelligent, generous, goofy, vulnerable, tender-hearted person who was a sucker for babies, animals and a social justice cause. Our JLo was a firecracker! She had an acerbic sense of humor, infectious energy and she didn't suffer fools. She was always up for anything from a costume party, to a walk in the neighborhood with strollers, to an impromptu celebration. I have so many photos and memories of our good times and in all of them we are laughing, because being with Janine was always fun. You girls were her utter pride and joy and I got to hold you both as babies and attend your birthday parties. When it was my turn to have kids, she hosted a baby shower for me and was one of the first people to visit in the hospital. And after I moved out of state we stayed in touch and hers was always the first Christmas card to arrive. She shared her joys and heartbreak over our emails and kept me abreast of your many achievements. Janine was a true Leo and when she was in your corner, she was fiercely loyal. So the thing I want you both to feel the most, is the love and support of all of us. I hope you know that you have an army of mamas who are behind you supporting you and looking out for you the way our friend would have done for any of us. ❤️
Posted by Stacy Brock on May 16, 2021
I’ve known Janine since I was 7 and she was 9. We lived in the same neighborhood and she was my sister’s best friend. I remember playing Barbies with her much to my sister’s chagrin. She was such a spirited, funny, independent women. I’m still in shock. I wanted to let you know how brave I thought she was by speaking her mind whenever she saw a wrong. Janine, you will be forever missed and her light will still shine on in her daughters. To Janine’s daughters, stay fierce. You are strong women and though your grief for your mother will never go away, I pray that your pain will be eased with time. Much love to all of Janine’s family and friends.
Posted by Erika Price on May 16, 2021
Erin and Kelly, your mother was an amazing woman. We enjoyed watching you grow up through your mother’s eyes. She was so proud of both of you and loved being your mother.
We loved your mother’s willingness to always speak her mind when there were injustices in the world. She knew the meaning of the word inclusion.
We won’t be able to eat strawberries, broccoli, potatoes, or peaches without thinking of her.
We had great times kayaking and will have memories that will last forever. Your mother will never be forgotten!
We loved her dearly, and we love you both. Tim and Erika

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Posted by Michelle Bearden on May 19, 2021
Janine Dorsey was one of a kind. There was no one else like her.
Erin and Kelly, you already know that. You were so lucky to have a mom with such sass, smarts, snark and sappiness (when it came to cats). And yes, you were robbed of so many years, and that's a heartbreaking reality that is too hard to grasp at this moment.
Your mom sat across from me in the Tribune newsroom and she kinda scared me. She was an ultimate pro at multi-tasking -- frantically pounding away at the computer keys, immersed in editing or writing her column, calling one of you on the phone to make sure you were getting your homework done, brainstorming creative story ideas with a fellow TBOer, showing off a photo of one of you scoring at a recent Robinson flag football game and sniping at a colleague who had the nerve to reheat a fish dinner in the newsroom microwave. She was unstoppable and could move mountains. No matter how many balls she was juggling in the air, one thing we all knew: You two came first. And she did a helluva job.
My post-work friendship with Janine took off after the dark cloud of the 2016 election. She hastily called a Sunday meeting at your house of like-minded (and depressed) lost souls who didn't know where to turn and how to channel our grief. "Enough is enough," she told us. "Don't sit around and mope. Take some action!" And with that encouragement, I became a political activist for the first time in my life. Since I was no longer working as a journalist, I had the freedom to express my fear and anger, and to channel those feelings into something positive. I joined your mom on some marches, got involved in voter registration, canvassed for local and state candidates, and became an advocate for our battered side. She was the catalyst for me and others who needed that nudge. I will be forever grateful to her for helping unleash my voice and taking action to bring about change.
I still look for her funny posts on Facebook and her private messages (the kind that could get her kicked OFF Facebook!) during the four years we endured. And that video of her dancing for joy when the election was finally called last November is a treasure I hope you cherish forever. Pure happiness! 
For all of us who will miss Janine Dorsey as a friend, we know you will miss her a million times more as a mom. But you are forever tied to her, through your blood and through your genes, and she will live on through you. Don't ever forget that. As long as you live, her light cannot be extinguished.
Sending you love during this most difficult, dark time.

Posted by Debra Mckell on May 18, 2021
So sorry for your loss, as your Mom was such a vibrant neighbor on San Pedro and continued to be so when you moved a few blocks away. My daughter Kelley used to babysit you, so your Dad could focus on writing his book and she would always come home with stories about the cats. I was very surprised years later when she and her little dog would walk by (the dog was actually running to keep up). That little dog would bark at Mac (my golden retriever) and march into our yard like the owner. Mac would look at me and I told Janine that she must of told the dog the same thing she told you two - you can do anything you want to in life! You are very fortunate to have a wonderful mother like Janine. Your memories of her will be with you forever, and I know you both will continue to make her proud.
Posted by Mary anne Palmatier on May 17, 2021
I met Janine about 2 years ago when Pete introduced her to me on my nightly walk ...from the very first minute meeting her I knew how special she was ....Pete had a smile on his face from ear to ear and was so proud to introduce your mom to me . She was truly one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met ...we walked together ,rode bikes and she had the same love of cats that I have so of course we hit it off ;) they would come by almost nightly to see my 2 new rescue kittens ...Pete told her she could enjoy her kittens from “my” place ...Janine was a such a sweet loving lady ...I’m so glad she had a part in my life ....short as it was ...I was blessed to have met her ....may you find peace knowing she will be forever watching over you ❤️
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Shared by Rachel Murray on May 16, 2021
Erin, 
Your mom was in Auburn for the weekend (I think it was for Hootenanny) and she took you and I out for lunch at Draft House and paid for both of our meals. It still touches me to this day that she took a complete stranger like me and made me feel totally welcomed and loved! That lunch was hilarious and super fun. It was an honor to meet her and get to see a huge part of your life. 
Rachel
Shared by Michelle Smith on May 16, 2021
I met Janine when she was 9 and I was 11 when I moved into her neighborhood. We were inseparable. I was always very quiet and anyone who knows Janine knows that she wasn’t.  She was a force even at the age of 9. We had a blast growing up together and just about every memory of growing up she is in it. My heart is broken over this senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to Erin, Kelly, Linda, Henry and Guy.