November 5, 1939 – December 15, 2019.
President of Long Beach Cactus Club – 199? to 2004
Hank was always a joy to talk to at the Long Beach Cactus Club meetings and he had the best sense of humor. His witty responses and jokes always had people laughing. He will be missed by all the people who went to his plant sales and we will never forget his jokes about the mother-in-laws chair aka the barrel cactus or Hank trying to sell people plants that never need to be watered and the customers not realizing that they didn’t need water because they were fake plants. We will always remember the stories Hank shared and cherish the plants that we have gotten from him. Our deepest condolences to the family. Hank will be greatly missed by many.
Henry & Amy Angulo
Hank was a good friend and travel companion. We did several cross country ski trips Sequoia National Park.
Hank got me started with the international travel bug and exploring the world. On his list was to visit all seven continents and I was invited to join him on the wild adventure through Argentina to visit Antarctica. We walked on and touched the ground and saw lots of wildlife including thousands of penguins. This is a trip I will never forget thanks to Hank. Jeff Pierce
Cactus sale December 6, 2015. ‘The bearded ones’ Jim, John, Hank, Roger, and Woody
Hank was such a good friend, not only to us but to so many others. His friendship and humor is one we will always cherish. To Hank’s family we extend our deepest sympathy and may you find comfort in knowing your dad was so liked and respected.
Jim & Karen Tanner
My condolences to the family.
Hank had answers to all my questions I would ask about the plants and I would purchase from him.
I joined the Long Beach cactus and succulent club this year. May he RIP in the beautiful garden of heaven.
Hank was always very kind, generous and a joy to be around. I met Hank through the Cactus community many years ago. He was the President of the Long Beach Cactus Club for 10 years. He always inspired me whether was with his generosity with his incredible plants, his landscaping of his yard, or his various outdoor adventures. He guerrilla gardened with me and some friends in 2009 and soon started his own unauthorized succulents plantings in Long Beach. He will be greatly missed as he was a regular at many cactus club meetings in southern California.
I remember first meeting Hank at one of the plant sales in Orange County. I was trying to decide what plant to buy from him. I ended up with an aloe and a sansevieria because of course Hank said I should get both. I later started coming to the Long Beach Cactus Club and would get plants from him then. He always had a kind and helpful word. I am so glad I have my plants from him to remember him by. He will be greatly missed.
Hank was a never-ending source of joy and fun. His presence at our Meetings at South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society gave our members not only information, but also a kind-hearted person to talk to. So many of us will miss him and all that he brought into our lives. My deepest sympathy to his family and close friends.
I met Hank and Jean on a TRW Wilderness Club hike on April 4, 1988. Hank would become a dear family friend and Jean would become my wife. He met us at the airport when we adopted the first set of kids. He gave us a pet Tarantula named Rosie. He was very generous and fun. Always had a joke or a story. He was a good listener too. Loved to learn new things. I think this was a common connection between him and Jean. I am so thankful for Hank. He got Jean to join the Wilderness Club. Without that, I would never have met my wife or had my children. God works in wonderful ways.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Warzybok twice – one time after Karin and I stopped by his house to see his amazing succulent garden and the other time when Paul and I went to learn about his adventures in Alaska as we were planning a camping trip there. Mr. Warzybok appeared to be a man who lived his life with great contentment. He knew what gave him joy – nature, being with family and friends, and living life to the fullest. Paul and I appreciated his zest for life and his great sense of adventure. His stories and pictures of his Alaska trips were captivating. We ended up going and having a great time there! I am grateful that Mr. Warzybok lived his 80 years of life to the fullest!
We knew Hank from his membership in the South Bay Bromeliad Associates. He was always cheerful, sharing jokes with friends and offering helpful plant cultivation information with newbies. He always gave the impression of living life to the fullest, whether traveling to exotic places or just puttering in his home garden. His smile was contagious and made you forget your troubles. We believe that everyone has an obligation to make the world a better place. Hank certainly fulfilled that mission, and then some. He wasn’t just one of the good guys. He was one of the best guys. We were blessed to have known this amazing and wonderful man, if only for a short time. May God grant peace to the family members Hank leaves behind, and may they take comfort knowing that his memory lives on in the hearts of countless friends who admired and cherished him.
Katherine and Karl Poehlmann
It was a long time ago when we met in the Canyon Explorers Club. Sometimes we would carpool together. Hank was easy to get along with, but always serious in his preparations for a backpack. That made him a reliable companion. Exploring the Sierras with him, both on 4-wheel trips and backpacks, were always an adventure. We also did many desert and cross-country ski trips. Closer to home, Hank was a regular on the Sierra Club’s Saturday morning’s hike of Signal Hill for many years until he got too busy with cactuses. There, Inge and I got to see him every week.
Hank, save me a good tent site up there, but not too close to the jumping cholla cacti.
Bruno & Ingegorg Geiger
In our 40+ plus years of friendship with Hank we enjoyed the outdoors hiking, camping, backpacking, x-c skiing and many fun evenings around the campfire sipping delicious cheap wine and sharing great stories and laughter. His presence made every occasion special and memorable.
Hank always seemed to have a kind word, an inquisitive question, or a tongue-in-cheek joke to share. And his love for the natural world and all the creatures therein was amazing.
After our move from California, Hanks
humorous mailings and letters kept our friendship and memories growing and our fondness with Hank was renewed again and again.
This we know….the world would be a better place if there were more Hank Warzyboks! We miss him greatly, but we carry great love and memories in our heart of our wonderful friendship.
Linda and Hugh Spalton
I will miss Hank very much. He had a great sense of humor and was very kind to new cactus and succulent plant enthusiasts. He helped me build up a great collection of my own. I am glad that I got to know him over the past 3 years. Wish I had more time with him. My condolences to Hank’s family. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.