Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses owner and CEO Wolfgang Engelmann passed away on March 30 after a battle with cancer.
“For a man surrounded by Exotic Angels, Wolfgang Engelmann remained surprisingly down to earth,” said a statement from Engelmann’s family. “His warmth and ability to connect with other people defined his life and the way he did business.”
Engelmann was born in Germany, and moved to the United States with his family in 1961. He was proud to represent the sixth generation of Engelmanns in horticulture. He saw the greenhouse his father founded in Apopka, Fla., in 1971 grow into one of the largest producers of houseplants in the world. With more than 3 million square feet of greenhouse area, Hermann Engelmann is number 18 on Greenhouse Grower’s 2012 Top 100 Growers list.
The operation credits Engelmann with developing creative horticultural products with the consumer in mind. The company now offers more than 400 varieties of tropical foliage, branded as Exotic Angel Plants.
“His biggest strength was nurturing talented people. He understood how to inspire them and make them feel appreciated, therefore fostering a creative and productive work environment,” the statement reads. “Friends will remember his infectious energy and big smile. He found joy in everyday living, especially in fast cars, his spoiled cats, and most importantly, his wife and children.”
Wolfgang Engelmann leaves behind his wife, Amy, daughter Lauren, son Andrew, mother Anneliese, stepfather Joe, brother Hermann, sister Victoria and extended family in the United States and Germany.
His family thanks everyone at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, especially Dr. Omar Kayaleh and Dr. Naren Ramakrishna, and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care. Donations can be made to the Cancer Research Institute at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando in his name – GetInvolvedOrlandoHealth.com
A public memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 20 at the Highland Manor, 604 E. Main St., Apopka, Fla., 32703.
Colleagues and friends are welcome to express condolences on the Hermann Engelmann Facebook page.