Robert Floyd Hennessee arrives to ‘work’ at 9 a.m. nearly every morning. Sporting his black World War II Fighting 36th Infantry Division cap, lauding the force that led Allied victories on European soil, a plaid button-up shirt and some slacks, “Mr. Floyd,” as he’s affectionately known, scours through a cluster of nuts, bolts and screws at his snug work station at Berkeley’s Habitat for Humanity.
Conveniently, his work desk is at the front of the store next to the drop-off and pick-up station. “That’s what I like,” he said. “I like to see what stuff comes in.” Mr. Floyd’s eye for novelties is what initially drew him as a regular to the community spot. Nearly five years ago, Habitat asked if he would be interested in volunteering. He hasn’t looked back since.
“I love this job,” he said. “It’s keeping me alive.”
Mr. Floyd is a handyman. After completing his tenure with the United States Army, he discovered his passion in woodwork and mechanical tasks. He’s widely popular at Habitat for helping himself to a few 10-cent wooden boards to construct clocks, birdhouses and garbage cans. He then donates the bird homes to Habitat for sale to buying customers. Mr. Floyd is not your average volunteer, though. A recipient of three prestigious military medals, he was on the frontlines of WWII combat in Europe between 1943 and 1945.... read more http://bit.ly/2tGKPzv