Emile Dagenais

June 15, 1924July 25, 2014

Surrounded by his loving family, Emile passed away on July 25, 2014 at the age of 90. Devoted husband and best friend of Helen (nee Murray). Emile was the son of the late Emile Sr. and Ruth. He was a loving father to Ruth Burke (Wayne), Michelle Burke, Kathy Rose, Debbie Dewan, Dan Dagenais (Sherry), Mary Dagenais (Dr. Tom Elsdon), Adele Dagenais and Bob Dagenais (Helen). Also a loving “Poppa” to Helen’s daughter Debbie. He was the loving brother of Leo Dagenais (Anne), and was predeceased by his sister Lucille Nolan (late Gerry) and his brother Ray Dagenais (Mona). Emile is survived by fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. In his younger years, Emile was an accomplished athlete in track, football and hockey at St. Pat’s College and went on to play professional hockey. He was a member of the Ottawa Senators team when they won the Allan Cup in 1949. He had long careers with the Ottawa Journal and Royal LePage Realty. Emile had a life-long passion for food and delighted in creating wonderful meals for family and friends. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 153 Woodroffe Ave. (at Byron) at 11 am. The family will receive condolences from 10:30 until 11 am at the church. If you so desire, in memoriam donations to the Bruyère Foundation 43 Bruyère Street, Ottawa, On K1N 5C8. would be appreciated.


  • Visitation/Condolences Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, July 31, 2014

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August 29, 2016

Miss him everyday Tony! I won't ever forget how good you were to him in during the last months of his life. I know he thought the world of you. Ruthie

August 28, 2016

Thinking of Dag from across the miles in Ireland. Lots of great memories with him and Helen and his wonderful children of whom I came to cherish dearly during the time I had the pleasure to know him. His star still shines.

July 28, 2016

My sincere condolences to the Dagenais family. Emile was instrumental in getting me started as an apprentice printer at the Ottawa Journal for which I have been forever grateful and I have never heard skates dig into the ice like his did as he flew down the wing.

Kelly Whelan, London, ON

August 12, 2014

Dear Debbie: So sorry for your loss-hoping to see you when I come back East. Thinking of you and your family, xx Cindy

August 6, 2014

Our sincere condolences to the Dagenais family on the loss of Emile.

The Morrison Family
Jane, Mary and Nancy

Adele Dagenais

August 5, 2014

I'll miss you Daddy

Marylou Gauthier

August 4, 2014

My condolences, to you Helen, on the passing of your husband, Emile. I remember him, at The Ottawa Journal, as a very dashing, individual. Many prayers, to you, to help you through, these troublesome times.

Marylou (Gauthier)

August 1, 2014

My sincere condolences to the family, Tony, Debbie and Bailey thinking of you all at this sad time. Much love, prayers and thoughts xx Gwen (Tony's sister)

Debbie Hodgins

July 31, 2014

Debbie, Tony & Bailey
Miss you Pappa

Anthony Hodgins

July 31, 2014

My deepest heartfelt sympathies to all Dag's wonderful children, and Helen and Debra. I came to know and love you over the last fourteen years of your life. You made me feel like one of your own children and over the years I was privileged to share many joyous occasions with you and them. Your wit, charm, class and intelligence will always remain with me, and especially your cooking lessons. I will surely miss you and I will think of you often. Your loving son-in-law, Tony, so long Dag.