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VALE - HENK PLUG

September 15, 2021

We were sad to hear that Henk Plug, founder of Leichardt Electrical Wholesalers in Sydney, passed away on Wednesday, September 8.

Henk’s story was the classic rags-to-riches tale. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he worked as a bell boy and had sailed around the world five times by the age of 20. From the age of 12 he had started boxing, winning 142 out of 146 amateur fights and was selected to represent his country at the 1960 Olympic Games.

By the age of 22, Henk along with his wife and two children migrated to Australia and started a new life in Sydney. After suffering a major stroke at age 34, he met David Turk and started a career in the electrical wholesaling industry with John R Turk. Henk was a natural businessman and in 1987, he started Leichardt Electrical Wholesalers Pty Ltd (LEW) with his son Arie. Due to his surname Henk was affectionally nicknamed “439,” after the three-pin plug.

Henk was known for his hard but fair business style. He was a larger-than-life character who managed to build a business of 13 staff, holding many major accounts.

It was Henk, while visiting Adelaide based Gerard Industries in 1990, who approached Robert Gerard with the idea of creating an independent wholesaling group. Out of that discussion, he rallied 11 independent Sydney based wholesalers to form a “fist” as he would call it. From this emerged the highly successful Gemcell Group of independent wholesalers.

Henk’s love of boxing continued throughout. He hired, sponsored and mentored a young up and coming boxer, Danny Green who went on to become a four-time World Champion.

Henk retired to the Whitsunday Islands and enjoyed travelling the country in his campervan. He was aged 78 and leaves behind son Arie, daughter Hanny, son-in-law Craig, partner Gonnie and 5 much loved grandchildren.

We thank Henk for his contribution to our industry and pass on our condolences to the family.

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