I am not really sure where to post this, but I felt compelled to share. I learned about Henry Hicks reading a post from Jean Norton on BiggerPockets. She had hired Mr Hicks to help her with a quiet title situation and a negotiation with the Condo Association in a foreclosure matter.
I decided to use Mr Hicks for my own quiet title, based on her positive experiences and since then, I have used his services for other issues and have directed multiple other investors to him. I found him to be a champion of the small investor. He had created systems to help with title issues and other real estate issues at an affordable price. He recently had an appellate court rule in the favor of his client on a landmark case involving Condo associations and whether their liens would survive the tax sales.
Mr. Hicks passed away this weekend in a boating accident. I only knew him for a short time, but I feel like Tampa area investors lost a great resource.
Sorry, if this is the wrong place. If the moderators feel compelled, please move it to a more appropriate forum.
In Memoriam: Henry West Hicks
Henry West Hicks, age 60, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014 while boating off Anna Maria Island. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Henry attend law school at Tulane University. His years in New Orleans cultivated his love for cooking and Louisiana Cajun cuisine. His annual crawfish boils have always been a much anticipated Tampa event.
Henry was passionate; passionate about his Christian faith, his family, his work, sports, boating, food, wine and life. He was a long standing active member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church participating in mission trips and teaching Disciple Bible Study. He cherished his beautiful daughter and embraced his step children.
Henry practiced law in Tampa for 35 years. He was a Board Certified Real Estate Attorney, specializing in foreclosure defense, quiet title actions, and transactional real estate. He was the founder of Henry W. Hicks P.A. and TitleMark of South Tampa. Never afraid to tackle new business ventures he had ownership in a restaurant, a hotel, a strawberry farm, and numerous rental properties.
An avid bicyclist, Henry logged many local miles as well as three RAGBRAI rides across Iowa and a week-long ride through New England. Ever the basketball enthusiast he played for Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, coached the boys team at Saint John's Episcopal Middle School from 1998 to 2008, was a perennial March Madness fan of his beloved Tar Heels.
As a season ticket holder of the Rays and Bucs, he took great pleasure in spending a day at the game or giving his tickets to someone else to enjoy.
Beyond all, Henry's greatest passion was boating. Whether it was lobstering in the keys, spearfishing in the Gulf, or just going out for a ten minute sunset cruise on the "Bad Habit" with family and friends, Henry was happiest on the water. In his intense blue eyes you could see his soul and that his heart was full of love.
Henry is now on a new life adventure ahead of his loving wife Christine, his daughter, Jessie Helfrich Hicks, and his step-children, Jayne Major and Sam Major. He is also survived by his three siblings, Vonnie Hicks, Jane Lea Hicks, and Thomas (Tommy) Hicks, his nephews John Hicks, Zack Hicks, and Josh Hicks, wife Suzie and their baby boy born immediately after Henry's passing, Linus Henry Hicks. Henry also leaves hundreds of friends and their many happy memories.
A memorial will be held at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service at the Tampa Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Metropolitan Ministries or a charity of your choice.
I don't know if this is the right place to post this either @Eric Odum , but your heart sure is in the right place. Very good of you and my condolences go out to you and his family.
Here was the thread I originally learned about Mr Hicks.
My friend is Henry's paralegal. The funeral was awesome, and I was moved by the legacy he created simply by being what he was called to be. It got me thinking about why we do this, and, stealing from his wife's eulogy, "We do this, not because we like it... but because we LOVE it." Great encouragement from the Hicks family to ours. You must love this industry if you wish to bring value to the work. Thank you for your insight and passion. Have a great weekend.
I must have missed this one in the news, I'm really sorry to hear about his passing. I used his services in the past and his firm did great work.
@Kevin Cook Wendy? I need to call her. What is going to happen with the staff?
Thank you @Eric Odum - I just found out the news myself. I heard from his junior partner, friend, associate and fellow attorney this evening as I had another issue with the HOA and reached out to the staff. Adam Knight reached out to me to tell me the news and assured me the office is still running. Adam claimed they are all in shock and trying to keep the office in order, and assured me they are there for me and all of you too. Mr. Hicks legacy will remain.
I was actually in the middle of a QTA on a tax deed property that Wendy was working on when Mr. Hicks passed. The firm came highly recommended however I ran into several problems both before and after his passing. Mr. Knight is now working on it but it remains to be seen with they will come through and what the outcome will be. I will definitely keep the board posted on what happens.
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