Condolences, remembrances and tributes poured onto social media Tuesday following the news that Henry Bloch, the Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist who co-founded H&R Block, had died at 96.
Jeff Jones, who has followed in Bloch’s footsteps as chief executive of H&R Block, shared his gratitude for the late founder, joined by a chorus of other individuals and organizations from the Kansas City business community.
Today we mourn the passing of Henry Bloch. I am truly grateful for his generosity in welcoming me, and sharing with me, as I lead the company graced by his name. We will ensure his heart and spirit live on as we serve others. https://t.co/PGYEqHASsU pic.twitter.com/6mbSkq0Gu3
— Jeff Jones (@jjones) April 23, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the passing of someone who is truly a Kansas City legend. Henry Bloch was an absolute champion of Kansas City in everything he did. From business endeavors involving H&R Block, to his mentorship, to his philanthropy, and most importantly his character,
— KC Chamber (@kcchamber) April 23, 2019
Condolences to the @HRblock family on the passing of Henry Bloch. “As a graduate of the Bloch School and a long time beneficiary of Henry’s support and wisdom, I know how important and irreplaceable he has been to the community.”-President and CEO, Esther George pic.twitter.com/oGTiuhdTmB
— Kansas City Fed (@KansasCityFed) April 23, 2019
We’ve never known #KC without Henry Bloch. @HRBlock already had 8K+ U.S. offices in 1974 when Carl Privitera started Mark One. Prayers go out to the family. May Henry rest in peace knowing his efforts opened thousands of doors for entrepreneurs around the world. #LegacyLeaders pic.twitter.com/HuqSX2wx7W
— Mark One Electric (@MarkOneElecCo) April 23, 2019
In front of Kansas City’s Union Station, a flame was lit in the middle of the Henry Wollman Bloch fountain to honor its namesake.
Earlier this evening, we joined the Kansas City community in expressing our sorrow at the passing of Henry Bloch. Tonight, a temporary flame of honor was lit in the center of the Henry Wollman Bloch fountain in a statement of respect to Henry and his family.
Photo by Roy Inman pic.twitter.com/aO3ylOisBs
— Union Station KC (@UnionStationKC) April 24, 2019
Bloch’s death struck a cord in the city’s entrepreneurial community.
No words. So sad.
What an amazing life. What an amazing man.
Henry Bloch has had a gigantic impact on my life and I will do everything I can to help carry the Henry Bloch brand of entrepreneurship and humanity forward.
Let’s make him proud, KC. https://t.co/ZgSdsANyIp
— Zach Anderson Pettet (@zachpettet) April 23, 2019
We lost a legend today. Thank you Mr. Bloch, and Rest In Peace. https://t.co/h9jKFaGsI2
— Wendy Guillies (@DubGkc) April 23, 2019
— мαттнєω ω. мαяcυѕ 🚀 (@TheMarcus) April 23, 2019
Local elected officials paid tribute.
Henry Bloch was an extremely kind, generous man who made a remarkable impact on KC. I’m a graduate of @UMKCBloch, and will be forever thankful for the education I received there, due in large part to the Bloch’s generosity. My thoughts are with his family.https://t.co/G0b06y253c
— Rep. Sharice Davids (@RepDavids) April 23, 2019
— Mayor Sly James (@MayorSlyJames) April 23, 2019
Among those to share remembrances were people affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where the business school bears the Bloch name.
We are celebrating the life of one of our biggest supporters/advocates and namesake Henry Bloch. We are grateful for all he has given us through the years. His legacy will live on forever.https://t.co/8N2jDxLtGc pic.twitter.com/xA6RzWls9p
— UMKC Bloch School (@UMKCBloch) April 23, 2019
— Adrienne B. Haynes (@Law4Innovators) April 23, 2019
Incredibly sad to hear about the passing of @HRBlock‘s Henry Bloch, he was an incredible philanthropist, inspiring leader, and one of the most genuine and down to earth people I have met. His support greatly influenced my time as a student @UMKansasCity and he will be missed. pic.twitter.com/E7JF2EYq97
— Jaspreet S (@JaspreetTravels) April 23, 2019
The National World War I museum remembered Bloch’s contributions as a navigator during World War II, and other Kansas City institutions that benefitted from Bloch’s philanthropy honored his memory.
Today we are mourning the loss of Henry W. Bloch. #HenryBloch was a long-time supporter of the Museum and Memorial, made even more meaningful by his dedicated service as a navigator on 32 combat missions aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in #WWII. pic.twitter.com/OfTwjVywa3
— National WWI Museum (@TheWWImuseum) April 23, 2019
There will be a small box on a bench in the Bloch Galleries, beginning tomorrow April 24, at which the public is invited to jot down a remembrance about Henry Bloch. The museum will share these notes with the Bloch family. #RememberingHenryBloch pic.twitter.com/qsqCSHaEVy
— Nelson-Atkins Museum (@nelson_atkins) April 23, 2019