Roofing company billionaire dies after falling through roof

Associated Press 91st richest man in the U.S., a roofing company billionaire, has died after falling through his home garage's roof, local authorities said Friday. Full Story
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#84 Dec 22, 2007
MCC wrote:
I have worked for Ken Hendricks and his Company ABC Supply Co. Inc. for 16 years. ABC hired me straight out of the Marine Corps and have given me and my family a chance to live the "American Dream." Ken often talked about "Living the Dream", I do not even think he could believe how far he had come. Read a little more about his person, you will find out he was always giving back. To his family, his employees, and his community.
Yours was the post yet May he rest in peace
gorblehopper

Haines City, FL

#85 Dec 22, 2007
well - you residents of Wisconsin may think he was a saint - but a lot of local mom & pop suppliers thought otherwise. It's nice to be considered such a kind, benevolent man with good Christian values, etc - but the fact is most of the plain everday employees resented him - or worse. He effectively overworked them while only a very small select group of people ever saw any reward for their toil. He screwed them on the "insurance" plan - on forcing them to work long hours and deprived them of many Saturdays with their families. Oh - and he lowered the market for the value of goods and services in a way that turned roofing professionals into hourly-paid minions. No wondeer he had such a problem with theft and turnover at so many locations. Fell off the roof to his own home, ehhh ?? How fitting !!!!! PS - I was taught never to speak bad of the dead. Unless what you say happens to be true !!!
yankee

Barrington, IL

#86 Dec 22, 2007
same thing happened to a buddy's dad- he ran a chain of porno shops, and died of a massive heart attack in the back office at the HQ shop- he was found naked with a bunch of porn mags.

ironic, ain't it?
gorblehopper

Haines City, FL

#87 Dec 22, 2007
Former ABC Employee wrote:
I worked for ABC Supply and it was the worst experience of my career.
Yup - the North Koreans could have learned a few new tricks from Hendricks - on how to make their labor camps more .... unpleasant.
Former ABC Employee

Madison, WI

#88 Dec 22, 2007
Well said gorblehopper. ABC Supply is set up to make management rich while they urinate down the hourly workers backs and tell them it's raining. You'd think all these posters were talking about Mother Teresa. Ken said that someday they would write books about ABC. He really beleived his own B-ll Sh-t.
My holidays just got a little bit brighter.
chicagoan

Chicago, IL

#89 Dec 22, 2007
MCC wrote:
I have worked for Ken Hendricks and his Company ABC Supply Co. Inc. for 16 years. ABC hired me straight out of the Marine Corps and have given me and my family a chance to live the "American Dream." Ken often talked about "Living the Dream", I do not even think he could believe how far he had come. Read a little more about his person, you will find out he was always giving back. To his family, his employees, and his community.
This is a very touching commentary that was a pleasure to read.
bill pulkownik

AOL

#90 Dec 22, 2007
HEY, ALONG HIS LIFE THIS MAN HAD TO DO SOME GOOD, I HOPE HE IS REMEBERED FOR THE POSITIVE THINGS , WE ALL SLIP A BIT.MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL.
gorblehopper

Haines City, FL

#91 Dec 22, 2007
Former ABC Employee wrote:
Well said gorblehopper. ABC Supply is set up to make management rich while they urinate down the hourly workers backs and tell them it's raining. You'd think all these posters were talking about Mother Teresa. Ken said that someday they would write books about ABC. He really beleived his own B-ll Sh-t.
My holidays just got a little bit brighter.
Taking it a step further, copied from another forum - I said :

I realized a long time ago - a company is just an extension of its owner's personality, beliefs and philosphy. Ask the ABC employees what they thought of the man. Ask them how they felt they were treated. Ask the vendors who had to deal with him if he was a man of his word.( By him, I mean not only him, but his management team - his inner sanctum.) Just because a man is able to build a huge company and amass a fortune doesn't equate him to sainthood. In some parts of the country, ABC is looked upon as being an employer of last resort - something to do until a job opened up in a place you'd be PROUD to work for. I had 3rd party dealings with ABC; a lot of good people found themselves stuck there for a time. Their talent and abilities were not only overlooked but were surpressed by insecure HQ types more concerned with their golf scores and lap dances, rather than genuine improvement in business and performance. Too bad.
gorblehopper

Haines City, FL

#92 Dec 22, 2007
Former ABC Employee wrote:
Well said gorblehopper. ABC Supply is set up to make management rich while they urinate down the hourly workers backs and tell them it's raining. You'd think all these posters were talking about Mother Teresa. Ken said that someday they would write books about ABC. He really beleived his own B-ll Sh-t.
My holidays just got a little bit brighter.
Hey - I wonder if he was visited by three ghosts the night before ??

Too late, Ebenezer.
Wisconsin native

Norman, OK

#93 Dec 23, 2007
Linda wrote:
Ok - did anyone else catch themselves laughing at this story? I'm sorry for his family and his untimely death, but the first thing I thought of was "hmmmm, was it his people doing the roofing? And would I hire them after this?"
You must be a sad woman. My parents grew up with Ken and through every major tragedy our family has encountered he has been nothing short of astoundingly generous. He was never pretentious and has contributed greatly to his community. Only people who have never encountered tragedy could be so heartless. Ken you will be sorely missed.
Ken Hendricks Family

Houston, TX

#94 Dec 26, 2007
I've felt a deep sadness over the death of Ken Hendricks. He grew up in my neighborhood on Barham ave,and knew his parents, Ann his Mother and father Joe. His sister Loreen who he lost at an early age. She babysat for my daughter Carol. I was so proud of him and bragged to people about knowing him.He was such a handsome young man. Will often think about him and miss seeing all his new accomplishments. My sincere sympathy to Diane and his family Blessings be with him Sincerely, Vivian Minnick
Denverite

Englewood, CO

#95 Dec 28, 2007
It is really sad to read these comments! Both my husband and I worked for ABC. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ken, being in meetings with him and sharing a meal with him. He was the kindest, most humble man I knew. He was genuinely concerned about his employees and gave back a lot. When one of the employees had cancer, Ken paid all the medical bills and the family never knew that the medical benefits had lapsed. He provided jobs for older workers when no one else would hire them. At Christmas he and his wife brought food and gifts to families down on their luck. He did a lot of things anonomously as he wasn't looking for glory or credit. I was shocked and saddened to larn of his death. To set the record straight, his company doesn't personally roof but they sell building materials which included shingles.

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