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DAGG, James Gordon

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing in Kelowna BC at the age of 83 on September 24, 2014 of the man known as ‘Gord’ to his friends, ‘dad’ to his children, and ‘Pakka’, ‘Papa’, or ‘Zaida’ to his grandchildren. Gord was born and raised in Toronto, where he went to Hillcrest Community School for kindergarten (the same school as two of his grandchildren). He attended Lawrence Park Collegiate for high school where he met Martha at stamp club, his future wife of sixty years.


Gord always reveled in the pursuit of knowledge, attaining numerous degrees and distinctions, including a BComm and MA in Education from the University of Toronto, a certificate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford, and status as a certified Chartered Accountant and registered Industrial and Cost Accountant. He worked at the accounting firm McDonald Currie as well as the Federal Development Bank, before he found his long-term place in education at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, ON at its founding in 1967 until his retirement in 1989. In addition to teaching, he also served as Chairman of the Business Division.


Gord was most fond of travel and family and was able to combine the two on multiple occasions. In 1973-74, he took time off from Fleming to traverse across Europe in an orange Volkswagen van with Martha and their five children. In 2009, he and Martha took nearly the entire, now 20-person, Dagg family on a week-long cruise in the Caribbean. Through these trips, Gord and Martha created invaluable memories for the whole Dagg family.


Best described as a laid-back lover of the literary classics, the ocean and black currant jam, Gord exuded profound warmth, kindness and sincerity to the many people whom his life touched. He was a man of true integrity, who held his principles above all else. He will be remembered affectionately by his dear wife Martha, their five children Geoff (Lynne Werker), Norm (Jennifer), Paul (Carol Ward), Alexandra, and Gillian (Jim Foster), and their thirteen grandchildren Aaron, Adrienne, Andre, Alex, Eric, Andrew, Olivia, Cameron, Leah, Lewie, Nikki, Allyson, and Julia. We will all miss his unwaveringly dignified presence greatly. A special note of thanks to the caring staff of the Interior Health Palliative Care team. Information on private celebration of life arrangements are available from dagg@telus.net. If you wish to honour Gord’s memory please make a donation to a charity of your choice in the area of public education. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.


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  • doug kirk says:

    dear martha
    i was very sorry to hear of gord’s
    passing. He was a wonderful guy!! we shared some great memories building a brand new campus. you should see it now(perhaps you have) Everytime i go out there they’ve built a new building. I’m now 90 and living in a retirement home(couldn’t stand my own cooking any longer) but still getting to the Y most every day and keeping quite active.
    I hope you and all the family are in good health,
    Kind personal regards.
    Doug Kirk

  • Austin and Norma says:

    Gord was the first person we met in Kelowna. We did not know anyone else. It was easy to feel at home with his friendly manner. We have always had great respect for him and will remember him for his interest in others.

  • Julian Bernard says:

    It must be at least 50 years ago that Gord and I met when we both worked in Toronto for what was then the Industrial Development Bank. He was an easy person to get along with and we often found something in common or a shared interest. My condolences are extended to his family.

    Julian Bernard
    Guelph ON

  • Nichola Martin says:

    Dear Alex, Nikki, Lewie and Martha, of course.
    We are so sorry to hear about Gord’s death. Although it has been many years since we last saw Gord and Martha, Art and I remember Gord fondly and are thinking about you all this week and of course during the weeks to come as the missing becomes a constant companion.

    fondest regards and our sympathy
    Nichola and Art

  • Fran and Ray Lucas says:

    Martha and family,
    We were very saddened to hear that Gord has passed away. We will remember his quiet, gentle ways. Visits to the Armstrong Fair, playing bridge, and a visit to Palm Springs are special memories of Gord.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family,
    Fran and Ray

  • Rosemary Ganley says:

    Hello Martha and family
    From Peterborough, where you both have made such a positive and long lasting impact, sympathies on the death of this dear good man, so generous, so intelligent, so affable.
    I remember lovely evenings at your house in Kelowna, with John, too.


  • Dave & Barb Harris says:

    We’re so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing, Martha. Our deepest
    condolences to you and your family.
    Dave & Barb Harris (Westbank Rotary)

  • Douglas Lavery says:

    I was most saddened to hear of Gordon’s passing. I am very beholden to Gordon as he hired me at Sir Sandford and I spent 33 years teaching and administering to Students. A rewarding number of years, many thanks to Gordon. My condolences to Martha and the family.

  • John Stencell says:

    I was a student at Sir Sandford Fleming in 1967/1968 and 1968/1969. Mr. Dagg was my teacher. He was deeply respected by the students. I’m sure many students will be saddened by his passing. We can all be comforted in knowing he had a life well lived. Sincere condolence to his family from a grateful student. John Stencell

  • Mark Taylor says:

    To the entire Dagg clan, I extend my deepest sympathies. I remember well when the Dagg family moved into the Gilmour St neighborhood in Peterborough in 1964. Gordon stood out to me as a perennially intelligent, warm and kind person who opened his home to his children’s friends. I am sorry for your loss.
    Mark Taylor

  • Ann Nott says:

    I was so sorry to read about Gordon’s death.I know this is not an easy time. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Ann Nott

  • John Morritt says:

    Posted by John Morritt (Friend and former Colleague)
    Our deepest sympathies to you Martha and family
    Gord was such a kind and sincere man. It was

    a pleasure to have known and work with him.

    John and Catherine Morritt

  • Paula Sisson (nee Van Huuksloot) says:

    Dear Martha and family:
    So sorry to hear the news of Gord’s passing. It has been many years since we have seen you both but we had some nice chats.
    May all of your happy memories comfort you during this difficult time.
    Our condolences and Mom also sends her sincere condolences!
    Paula Sisson and family; Pauline Van Huuksloot

  • Nancy & John Elmslie says:

    Dear Martha
    We have just found out today about Gord’s passing away – so many treasured memories of you two. We were friends since Lawrence Park C.I. and continued our friendship long after. Gord was such a special caring loving man – a true “family” man. We are so saddend to hear this news. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

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