It is with great sorrow that Workplace360 reports the sudden passing of well-known industry veteran Ken Trenberth on 12 October. Ken was a familiar face in the business products sector, particularly from his time at Setten & Durward and then Rapesco.
Anyone in the industry who knew Ken – and there were many of us, both in the UK and overseas – know that they had spent time with a very kind person. Ken was liked and respected in equal measure by all who had the fortune to meet him.
As Workplace360 CEO Steve Hilleard sums up: “It is hard to put into words how terribly sad I feel about Ken’s sudden passing. He was one of those rare individuals who everyone in our world subconsciously gravitated towards.
“A highly respected executive, Ken’s boundless energy, warmth and enthusiasm shone brightly in an industry that has faced some dark and challenging times recently. Regrettably, like many, I never took the opportunity to let him know just how loved and admired he was. RIP Ken.”
Workplace360 extends its sincerest condolences to Ken’s family, friends and colleagues.
Below is a small representation of the tributes paid to Ken on LinkedIn (slightly edited):
Integra Business Solutions team
We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Ken. He was a great friend and colleague to many of us here at Integra. He will be greatly missed.
A genuine and kind man. Another of the ‘good ones’ gone far too soon.
Chris Stott, CEO, Pukka Pads
He was a really nice guy; couldn’t meet anybody nicer.
Michael Ray, Regional Sales Manager, Buronomic
He was a true gentleman and always had time for you.
Alex Bonarius, Global Sales Director, Pukka Pads
I am devastated and shocked. Ken was more than just an oracle and a great professional in our industry. He was a special, kind and caring man, and I count myself fortunate to have known him. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him and I will sorely miss our regular chats, curries, golf and just having him around.
Kevin Foot, Director, Cowans Direct
Very sad and such a shock. A real gentleman that will be missed by all.
Colin Campbell, Managing Director, Langstane Press
Ken visited us in Aberdeen recently and spent a couple of days exhibiting at our show. I had a good chat reminiscing with him about the old days and can’t believe we won’t see him again. Gone too soon and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Steve Carter, Managing Director, Advantia
A truly wonderful, caring man and a good friend for the best part of 30 years.
Victoria Hilton, Director of Sales, Exertis Supplies
Ken was such a positive person, funny and always had time to check in on people. He will be sorely missed by so many of us.
Jeanette Caswell, Managing Director, Office Friendly
What a lovely, gentle, friendly individual who has been a constant throughout my whole career.
Chris Deighton, Managing Director, COLOP UK
There are no words, but then there are plenty – plenty to describe what a wonderful person Ken was. We can all learn and take inspiration from the way he had such a talent for being the glue to bring people together. He was a friend to so many and not just as someone’s business associate. Ken would never be sad, angry or down but instead just full of positivity and friendliness.
Ric Mogentale, International Business Director, Rapesco & Tacwise Group
Ken was an inspiration to me and so many others. He was such a supporting, caring character with the biggest love for life. He will be immensely missed.
Danny Berendsen, Managing Director, Euroffice
I’m truly devastated. A true business friend for many years… gone. I’ll be missing you for sure.
John Watson, Managing Partner, TFE Agency
Kind, caring and lovely. A gentleman with a love for life.
Steven Caller, European Account Manager, Safety First Aid Group
Ken showed us how much business was about people and is somebody I’ve learned so much from.