Mike Henley, formerly of Strober’s, passes

Mike Henley, a Strober’s salesman whose battle with early onset Alzheimer's was chronicled in Newsday, died from complications of the disease at the age of 47.

Henley started his career in the LBM industry at the now defunct Channel home improvement store, in New Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1985. He was hired at Strober Building Supply as a salesman at the Farmingdale, N.Y., store. 

In the late 1990s, when Henley was married with two small children, he began having severe memory problems and other behavioral problems, according to the Newsday obituary. In April 2001, Henley was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. He was 36.

Henley was given a life expectancy of five to seven years but lived for another 11 years. The Henley family's struggles to take care of him at home were depicted in Newsday's 2009 series "Alzheimer's: The Love and the Heartbreak."