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Rolf C. Hagen was a pillar in the pet products industry who touched many with his generosity and compassion.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rolf C. Hagen, who left us suddenly yet peacefully at his home in Montreal surrounded by his loving wife Marianne and grandson Justin on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Rolf C. Hagen was born in 1932, the third of 10 children, in a small seaside town in northern Germany.
In 1955, inspired by a simple idea, he came to Canada and sowed the seeds of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., which blossomed to become one of the world's largest family-owned manufacturers and distributors of pet care products.
He started by acquiring bird seeds from the Canadian prairies and exporting them back to Germany. His small export business eventually flourished and branched out into a solid, well-respected pet supplies business that today spans many continents.
Soon after setting up his business in Montreal, his focus turned to the most significant import of his life: a beautiful young woman named Marianne Koch, whom he met in Hamburg and married in Montreal in 1959.
His brothers Dieter and Horst subsequently joined the company, both of whom brought new energy and innovation to the company, taking it to new heights of success. The trio formed the first generation of an emerging family-based company that would later include Rolf C. Hagen's three beloved sons, Mark, Tom, and Rolf Jr.
Those who did business with Mr Hagen were often inspired by his simple and ethical approach to commerce, often sealing business deals with his firm handshake and honouring them with his word, which was as good as gold.
Over the years, Mr Hagen was honoured with many awards in the pet products industry. In June 1999, he was inducted into the American Pet Products Association Hall of Fame, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an individual in the pet industry. In March 2004, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pet Industry Distributors Association in recognition for innovative design of pet products and for his generous support of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of both pets and people. He is the only individual in his industry to have received both awards.
In 1996, he received The First Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz der 1. Klasse). In 2005, he was awarded The Highest Order of Merit (Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz am Band) from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest honour that Germany can bestow upon a civilian.
Despite all his business successes and accolades, Rolf C. Hagen remained a humble and selfless man who did not lose touch with many of life's timeless and enduring values: love, kindness, humility, compassion, and generosity. Though he soared in business, he was deeply grounded in his love for humanity and pets, giving away much of what he amassed to individuals, schools, churches and charitable organizations in Canada as well as all over the world.
Helen Keller once said that it is better to walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light. Rolf C. Hagen will be remembered for being a friend to those who walked in the dark.
Rolf C. Hagen leaves behind his beloved wife of 52 years, Marianne, his children Mark (Caroline), Tom (Teresa), and Rolf Jr (Valerie), his grandchildren Sasha, Justin, Katia, Ashley, Brittany, Kaitlin, Matthew, William, and Christian. He is survived by his two brothers Dieter (Inge) and Horst (Jutta), sister-in-law Lilo, sisters Hannelore (Hanne), Marga (the late Joergen), Anne (Manfred), and Karin (Karl-Willi), and predeceased by his brothers Walter (Gisela), Fritz (Marlene) and Uwe (the late Gerda). He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews and long time friends and colleagues.
The family will receive condolences on Thursday, October 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, October 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Urgel Bourgie, 3955 Cote de Liesse, Montreal, QC H4N 2N6. View register at
Funeral Services to be held on Saturday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. at St-Sixte Church, 1895, rue de L'Eglise, Ville St-Laurent, Qc H4M 1E6.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish General Hospital Cardiology: Coronary Care Unit or St Paul's Lutheran Church in St-Laurent.

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Published in Monteal Gazette from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2011.
Memories & Condolences
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179 entries
October 4, 2012
Peace to your soul.
I do not personally met Mr Rolf, but I had the opportunity to meet his son Rolf and Tom by work issues. Two Knights, which undoubtedly received their education, not only in the professional field but also in the ethical party of Mr Hagen's Party. Mr Rolf, leaves a tremendous legacy for all those who work in the world of pets, we could not never deny the great icon which will be for us. God has it in its glory, it deserves recognition that can be given. Blessings:
Jaime Gálvez
July 12, 2012
Rolf Hagen had a dream. He came to Canada and through hard work and honest business dealings, he climbed to become on of the pet industries most respected leaders. With his innovative pet products and quality assurances, his company quickly became respected not just by his peers, but by independent pet store owners, such as myself. I will remember Rolf C. Hagen with great respect and fondness. For he was a great man who cared for his people. He certainly threw the best customer appreciation parties!
Thank you Mr. Hagen for the many years of being my pet store supplier. I wish your son great success as he carries on in your shoes.
Monika Melichar (Stastny)
February 14, 2012
I did not know Mr. Hagen personally, however, own many of the fine products that some of companies (Aquaclear, GLO, Fluval) produce for the aquarium industry. Mr. Hagen was truly a giant in the business world, and from what I have read about him recently, a wonderful human being as well.

My condolences to his family.

May he rest in peace.

Jim Marino
Jim Marino
February 1, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Hagen family.

Brazilian admirer and user of Hagen's products.
Gustavo Salvato
December 15, 2011
Liebe Marianne,

das haben wir bisher leider nicht gewusst und es macht uns sehr traurig er war für "uns" ein wirklich "toller Freund"…..

Was soll ich sagen mir/uns fehlen soeben die Worte….. Liebe Marianne dir und eurer Familie senden wir unsere Betroffenheit…..

Als kleines Danke danke unsere schönsten Stunden/Tage u. Wochen möchten wir unseren ersten eigenen Song der gerade fertig wird „Rolf“ u. "dir" widmen…?

"Das war der Wahnsinn" Text: ich würd es wieder tun, ich würd es wieder tun.....

Mit ein wenig glück werden wir diesen im Januar Veröffentlichen.

Ganz liebe grüße aus Aachen
Roberta u. Kalle
Roberta u. Kalle
December 6, 2011
Mit tiefer Bestürzung und Trauer habe ich erst heute durch meinem Freund Joel Viutti vom Tod unseres Freundes Rolf C. Hagen erfahren.
Gleich gingen mir die vielen schönen Momente und Stunden, die wir auch außerhalb des Skatspielens gemeinsam mit ihm verbringen durften, durch den Kopf.
Sein Tod ist nicht nur ein großer Verlust für die ISPA Canada, sondern auch für alle, die das Glück hatten diesen wohl einzigartigen Menschen kennenzulernen.
Reinhold Wynands
December 2, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hagen family.
Marleen Cassarino
November 26, 2011
I love you Opa
Brittany Hagen
November 24, 2011
It was with great consternation that I learned of Mr. Hagen passing away.
I express my deepest condolences to the entire family.
I keep excellent memories of the time when we worked together.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Hagen in Montreal.
I am sure that he will always be remembered with respect and admiration by the team of successors he created.
I reaffirm my sympathy to the Hagen family.
José Pico
November 22, 2011
Very sad new to hear of Rolf's passing.
Nancy Villars Hallgring
November 12, 2011
francisco villeda
November 11, 2011
To Mark and the entire Hagen Family,

Our heartfelt sympathies and sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved and cherished Rolf.

Unsere herzlichste und tiefste Beileid.

Pete and I are so sorry not to have been able to attend the visitations and service for Rolf, to pay our deepest respects. We have been out of the country.

Many memories abound from those earlier years. Upon arrival from northern Germany in the fifties, my family became part of the German social community, establishing new lives in a strange, new country.

Many special memories are those with and of my Papa Paul Schaller Sr., while delivering the German magazines of his "Montreal Lesezirkel Daheim" to the Hagens. It was the laughter and camaraderie of Rolf and his brothers during all the hard work and the challenging times, I fondly remember most as a younger girl. Of Rolf, Papa Paul had told me myriad stories over the many years, especially about the good "Skat" times, when I was a much older girl.

Over the past fifty years plus, my family has had the privilege of being in contact with this extraordinary, good and kind person. Although not always face-to-face, Rolf was continuously somewhere in our families' lives. And, what a people person he was! No matter who you were, Rolf always had a certain humility and grace, as he walked his journey through the years with his loving and devoted wife Marianne.

To have had such care, compassion and concern for the pets and the people, over these many years, and growing the company with his family to world-class status, there can only be honour and accolades.

What a legacy that has been left. All the intelligence, industry, and generosity have been with and continues to be with this phenomenal HAGEN family.

May you, Rolf,ride on the wings of angels to Heaven, and Rest In Peace.

Fur immer in unserem Herzen. God Bless.

Family Ursula Schaller McDonald and Peter McDonald
Ursula McDonald
November 9, 2011
with great sadness we learned of Mr. Hagen passing away.
without a lot of words our sincere condolences ,we will always fondly remember you, the days of the shows,the coins,the personal touch he always maintained .
I can still hear him....Robert come into my office...
He would know everyone..what a special gentleman he was..
he will be sorely missed..
Mrs Hagen and the family..thank you for sharing him with all of us.
rob and sovandy van der sluis
November 9, 2011
My deepest condolences to the entire Hagen family during this difficult time. Mr. Hagen was a kind and generous man.

It was a pleasure working for him and the Hagen family.

David Viger
November 7, 2011
My sincerest condolences to his wife Mrs. Marianne Hagen, his children Mark, Tom and Rolf, Jr, as well as his brothers Dieter & Horst, all of whom I know personally when I lived in Montreal.
The world has indeed lost a great visionary and an all around wonderful human being always full of joy.
He will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace, Rolf!
Oskian Yaziciyan
November 7, 2011
To the Hagen Family - It is with great sadness that we learn of Rolf Hagens passing. It was a great honour to have met him and the family on our recent New Zealand Tour to the Hagen Company in August. For him to take the time to meet with us so soon after his recent surgery shows the great person that he was. Our thoughts are with you all
David & Alison Olsen
Pet Essentials
New Plymouth New Zealand
David & Alison Olsen
November 7, 2011
To the entire Hagen family , Mr. Hagen was an angel on earth and now is an angel in heaven . Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Gary Muckenfuss
November 7, 2011
Dearest Hagen Family, It is with the greatest sadness that I learn about Rolf Hagen's passing from our good friend Rev. Gunter Dahle. I am pleased that I had the chance to see him for the last time at St. Paul's just before your trip to Germany this year. Please accept our deepest sympathies in this time a great sadness in your family. Rolf Hagen will be remembered in our hearts forever. The Debor Family.
Harald Debor
November 6, 2011
Dear Mrs. Hagen, Mark, Tom, Rolf Jr. and Families,
We were shocked and very saddened to learn of Mr. Hagen's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers. Although we have "lost touch" over the last few years, many memories and emotions now spring forth. Having known Mr. Hagen since childhood, I will always remember him as a very kind, generous and caring man. Having met Mr. Hagen only a few times and at a very young age, Max still remembers him. His fondest memory is of the "nice man" who gave him a "gold medal" for his diving abilities at one of Horst Hagen's pool parties. Al was always impressed with Mr. Hagen's keen interest in the world and people. He recalls some interesting converstions with him. Mr. Hagen was a remarkable man who will live on through his family, his work and in the hearts and minds of the people who knew him. I know that we will never forget him.

Monica Muckenfuss, Al and Max Luiker
November 5, 2011
To Mrs. Hagen and the entire Hagen family, my deepest sympathies.

Mr. Hagen was a great man and he will be missed. I had the honour of working for Hagen and the lovely years that I spent there have helped me become the person that I am today.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Laura Ellia
November 4, 2011
Dear Family Hagen,

I am sorry to hear Rolf C. has deceased. My condolences to the entire Hagen Family.

He didn't know me when he gave me the chance to have an internship at his company, last summer. What I learned about Rolf C. is that he was a very nice person who was always happy when he could help someone.

Sincerely Yours
Jan-Henrik Westerhoff
November 4, 2011
Liebe Familie Hagen,
Ich bin sehr traurig,über den Verlust eines so tollen Menschen.Er war für mich stets ein Idol und Vorbild.Ich hoffe,daß er nun seine wohlverdiente Ruhe gefunden hat und bin mir sicher, daß er von dort oben auf uns heruntersieht und seine bescützende Hände über uns hält.Ich wünsche Ihnen liebe Frau Hagen sowie ihrer ganzen Familie viel Stärke und Zuversicht für diese überaus schwere und schlimme Zeit der Trauer.
Christian Ehlert/Lager Holm
Christian Ehlert
November 3, 2011
Liebe Frau Hagen und Familie,
wir wünschen Ihnen in dieser schweren Zeit viel Kraft, Trost und liebe Menschen an Ihrer Seite.
Die Trauerfeier am heutigen Nachmittag in Grömitz war ergreifend und Ihres Mannes würdig. Ich denke oft und mit viel Respekt an Ihren Mann, der so gern seinen Kaffee und seinen Kuchen direkt im Strandkorb serviert bekam und mir so manche Weisheit vermittelte.
Unsere Gedanken sind bei Ihnen und Ihrer Familie.
Werner Grouls und Familie aus Grömitz
("sein" persönlicher Kellner aus dem Café Florida)
Werner Grouls
November 3, 2011
Hallo liebe Marianne und Familie Hagen.
Mit tiefer Bestürzung musste ich aus der Zeitung erfahren, dass Rolf von uns gegangen ist. Ich möchte auf diesem Wege mein tiefes Beileid in dieser schweren Stunde bekunden. Ich freue mich, dass es mir vergönnt war, Rolf noch so kurz vor seinem Tode in der Strandhalle zu sehen und bedienen zu dürfen. Er wird mir immer in guter Erinnerung bleiben.
Dirk Bechert (Kellner Strandhalle Grömitz)
Dirk Bechert
November 2, 2011
Liebe Marianne, liebe Familie Hagen,
wir sind tief betroffen und sehr traurig über den plötzlichen Tod von Rolf. In diesen schweren Stunden und Tagen sind wir in Gedanken bei euch. Danke für alles.
Michael und Tanja Ahrens Grömitz Deutschland
Michael Ahrens
November 2, 2011
So sorry for your loss RIP my thoughts go out to the family
Stephen Andrews
November 2, 2011
My condolences to the Hagen Family with a special moment of respect and reflexion toward Mr.Hagen who built with is family a world class company .
Michel Côté
November 2, 2011
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To Rolf Jr. and the entire Hagen family, My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort go to you all during these difficult times.

Ken Lepage & Family (Joe's Dad)
November 2, 2011
Ein Skatbruder besonderer Prägung hat uns für immer verlassen. Rolf rettete einstmals die Existenz der maroden ISPA Canada. Die jährliche kanadische Skatmeisterschaft war seine Idee, die schon bald als „Hagen Turnier“ bekannt wurde. Als Schirmherr und großzügiger Sponsor wurde es schnell zum größten und beliebtesten Skat Turnier in Nord-Amerika. Lasst uns unser Turnier in Freundschaft und Harmonie verbringen waren stets Worte seiner Eröffnungs Addresse.In diesem Sinn genossen Skatspieler der ISPA Kanada/USA und einige tausend Skatfreunde aus aller Welt unvergeßliche „Reizvolle“ Stunden. Die jährliche kanadische Skatmeisterschaft wird für immer in unserem Herzen ein Denkmal an unseren warmherzigen und großzügigen Skatbruder Rolf C.Hagen sein.
Der Familie Hagen sprechen wir unser herzliches Beileid aus.


A “Skat-brother” of particular image has left us forever. Rolf once saved the existence of the then ailing ISPA Canada. The annual Canadian Skat Champion Tournament, soon known as "Hagen Tournament", was his idea which quickly under his patronage and generous sponsorship became the largest and most popular Skat tournament in North America. Let us spend our tournament in friendship and harmony were always words in his opening speeches. In this sense, Skat friends of ISPA Canada/ USA and several thousand Skat-friend from around the world enjoyed many memorable hours. The Canadian Skat Champion Tournament will forever be a monument in our hearts to a warm-hearted, generous Skat-brother Rolf C. Hagen.

To the Hagen family we extend our heartfelt condolences.

International Skat Player Association (ISPA) -Section Canada/USA
Henry Keitel
November 2, 2011
I was at Mr.Hagen's funeral last Saturday and I still think about him a few times a day. It was a beautiful funeral and I think he would have been very happy with the way his family presented it. The speeches were warm and thoughtful and really represented him perfectly. Mr. Hagen was like my second father. Our family knew him on a personal level, since my father and he had been friends since before they were even married. My parents and Mr. and Mrs Hagen always kept contact with one another and as they got older they would enjoy talking about their good old days. Mr. Hagen was my shadow throughout my life and never failed to be present or to think of me at every important moment in my life such as my engagement party, my wedding, my honeymoon, our children's Christenings, my move from Sainte-Agathe to Boston, and many more occasions. He was always more generous than he needed to be, but that was also what made him so much fun.

When we were children and my parents needed to fly somewhere and leave for a longer period of time, they would always tell my brother and I "If something bad should happen to us, go see Mr. Hagen, he will take care of you". And that's what he did so well for so many people. He took care of them.

I and all of my family will miss him very much. We love you, Mr. Hagen.

Yours truly,

Diana Gentemann Zibaitis and family
Diana Gentemann Zibaitis
November 2, 2011
We never knew your father but he was the foundation of all that we know now and we are sure that he will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Hagen family.
Ronni & Mark Nass, Ex-Works USA
November 2, 2011
My Deepest condolences to the Hagen family he will be sadly missed Hagen has been a pinnacle in the pet industy a trusted product for many years.
Mario Placido
November 2, 2011
My prayers and wishes of comfort go to the Hagen family, Rolf was such a character, I will always remember that boyish smile that always made me smile! What a wonderful gift to the pet industry he was.He will be missed!
Sue Chancey-Chaires
November 2, 2011
toute mes condoléhence à la famille Hagen,j'ai travaillé pendant 10 ans avec Hagen et je n'oublierai jamais lors du dramatique incendie qui avait totalement ravagé nos locaux en france vous nous avez soutenue et vous étiez venue nous voir j'étais fier de travailler pour vous et je vous l'avais dit devant nous tous cela vous avait touché
Encore merci pour votre générosité et votre gentillesse vous resterez pour toujours un exemple pour moi
jayasekera lalith
November 1, 2011
My deepest Sympathy to the family Hagen
H M Meier-ROSS
November 1, 2011
The Baker family would like to express our deepest condolences to the HAGEN family for their loss, we have so many good memories with the Hagen Co and wish their whole family our deepest sympathies. Without your company we could not have achieved our sucess as a distributor in the Pet Industry. Rolf will always be remembered!!

With total respect,
The Baker Family (Rumford Aquarium/Pet Food Expert

George Baket
November 1, 2011
A sad yet fond farewell,thanks for all the furry friends and their plastic tubes,and the memories of me ,my sister and many generations to come.
melissa davis
November 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hagen family. My late husband Lamar and I were privileged to be friends through the years with Rolf and his brothers. They all are very respected in the pet industry and it was a pleasure to see the growth of their business over the years. It is truly the death of a legend.
Pam Askew
November 1, 2011
My deepest condolences to the entire Hagen family and employees. Hagen has been a valued and trusted name in the pet industry for years.
Scott Schwimmer
November 1, 2011
I am in my 45th year as a retailer in the pet industry. In all those years there is no other company that I admire more than the Rolf C. Hagen company. Your innovative and timely new products have been a constant boost to the whole industry. You will truly be missed.
Brenda Albrecht
November 1, 2011
bird keeping will never be the same
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angie mauk
November 1, 2011
To the Hagen family: My commiserations on your bereavement.

In memory to Rolf C.Hagen:

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal

Oliver Knott
Oliver Knott
November 1, 2011
My condolances to the entire Hagen Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great sorrow. As the Patriarch, the legacy Rolf and your Family has created for the pet industry is significant; your challenge is to continue to live up to the standards established by Rolf. He was one of a kind both as a visionary and an entrepreneuer and will be missed.
Timothy Schulke
November 1, 2011
May we learn from his good acts and may his values continue living through the family and the company.
From Brazil,

Rony and Rafael
Rafael Rony
November 1, 2011
Bless you and the family you have left behind, thank you for helping the Hobby
Ray Kingfish Lucas
November 1, 2011
Nos condoléances à toute la famille...
Nous n'oublirons pas cet homme qui nous a toujours accueilli à bras ouvert...

Pierre et Diane
Animalerie La Niche Inc.
November 1, 2011
we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the hagen family.
we enjoyed many great parties.
from The Wanderers
The Wanderers, jean,debi,pavel,frank,dany
November 1, 2011
To the Hagen Family,
Our deepest condoleances to you all
from the company Fantasia Reptiles in Antwerp/Belgium Hans Brink&ClaraAukes
November 1, 2011
Unfortunately I only found out after returning from my holiday from the death of our founder, Rolf C. Hagen.
My deepest symphathy to the entire family

Christine Obonya
October 31, 2011
To the Hagen Family

To an inspirational man that we had the pleasure of meeting, your hospitality and generosity on our trip to Montreal in September is one that we will remember forever.
Denis & Berni Pert Pet Essentials Napier New Zealand
October 31, 2011
To all the Hagen Family. All of us at Petware were saddened to hear Rolf had passed away. It was a pleasure to work with Rolf over the last many years. We had so many things to be grateful to Rolf for. His support, encouragement, generosity and kindness will never be forgotten. His kindness in particular is something we can all aspire to.
He will be missed by all of us .
Michael Pam and the team at Petware.
Michael Gervai
October 31, 2011
To Dieter and the entire Hagen family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a kind and loving man.
Margaret Rubio. (Pet Paradise, London.)
Margaret Rubio
October 31, 2011
Mr. Hagen was such a kind and interesting man to meet. He instantly treated me like I was a friend. I will never forget how gracious he was and will cherish the gift coin he gave me. The world lost a great person but the lord's kingdom gained a great spirit. He will be greatly missed.
Ken Scott
October 31, 2011
Mr Hagen was my imspiration on the world of the pets .

I always remembered.
francisco villeda
October 31, 2011
To the Hagen family,

His vision was great. His touch expanded continents. Though he may be gone from this earth, he will be with us in our thoughts, in our hearts, and through his legacy.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Andrea Jones
October 31, 2011
You will be missed. You have inspired many world wide and have be a great member of our extended Petland family for years.
Donald Major
October 31, 2011
Loss of a true leader. Thoughts and prayers with the family.
Phil Saurette
October 31, 2011
To Rolf Jr. and the entire Hagen family,

My deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. I can only imagine how difficult these times must be.

Warmest regards from my family to yours,
Alex Cloutier
October 30, 2011
Dear Marianne,Tom, Mark, Rolf Jr, and Family. Our deepest condolences to you all. Rolf was a pioneer, and a true gentlman.Our thouthts are with you!God bless. Thomas George PetCulture Guelph
October 30, 2011
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Rolf Hagen. For many years, my wildlife charity, Urban Animal Advocates, has benefitted from very generous donations of food and supplies for our wild animal patients. Without these contributions, we would not have been able to help hundreds of wild animals in distress. My sincere condolences to the family, and especially to Mr. Mark Hagen, who has always supported our work.

Harriet Schleifer, Executive Director
Urban Animal Advocates
Harriet Schleifer
October 30, 2011
Rest in peace Mr. Hagen. Bis spater...
Peter Fasilis
October 30, 2011
Mr. Hagen is a great person. I was inspired by his great generosity and kindess. I learn a lot from him how important for the family. His sucessful business created thousands of pet products for animal welfare. My wife and I always remember him as millions of people all over the world, who love animals. Mr. Hagen is a great example for my life.
Baoquan Lu
October 30, 2011
Dear Marianne, Sons and family,
It was with great sadness that we received the news of Rolf's passing. We offer you and the family our deepest condolences.
We are very sorry that we were unable to be with you and to attend the service but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
It was an honor and a pleasure for me to work for Rolf at Hagen Industries and I have kept many fond memories of those years.
Leo & Marcelle Gadreau
October 30, 2011
To the Hagen Family,

All of us at Pet Pacific are saddened by the news that Rolf has passed away.
He was larger than life , and his presence will be saddly missed by us
all. A wonderful and unque human being - who could communicate at any level from country leaders to the most lowly of workers.
We are all the much wiser and better off for knowing him - we hope that you
can be comforted by the great memories he left behind for all of us.
Frank Williams
October 30, 2011
Dear Hagen family,

I was saddened to read about the death of Rolf. I know how hard this is. You are in my thoughts.
Rolf was such a real outstanding person and I am glad that I had the chance to meet him.
My time of working in his crew ended in 2004 suddenly, but I will never forget his personality.
He brought a lot of kindness to a lot of people and he achieved so much.
I know you will miss him, but I encourage you to get strength off the cohesion of your family.
May God bless you.
Manfred Henke
October 29, 2011
To the Hagen Family and the Hagen Organization at large,
My family extends its deepest sympathies to you at this sad time. I hope you will keep the legacy alive for many years to come as the Rolf C. Hagen has come to mean a lot in our lives and in our pets' lives.
Lorraine, Alex, Matthew Ivanoff
October 29, 2011
The Masters and members of the Lake of Two Mountains Hunt wish to express their sincere condolences at this very sad time.Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time. Julien Allard MFH
October 29, 2011
I would just like tto take this moment to send my deepest condolenses to the family and friends of MR. ROLF HAGEN as I have been a longtime fan of Hagen products for my pets , mainly syrian hamsters and more recently , a canary . As a child , it was his line of cages and food products that were available mainly in the pet stores in HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA where I grew up as a child.. many thanks for helping to instill in me a love and ongoing affection and admiration for animals , his cages housed my little hammies as a young girl and have beeen home sweet home to my hammies in adult life , hisd food seed mixes have nourished my little furry and feathered friends and the veterinarians were always pleased that they were healthy ... I am very saddened to learn of your sudden passing and do hope that this letter and others letters which the HAGEN family recieve may in some small way lessen their pain , be of some comfort to them ... many blessings to the HAGENS and friends ... sincerest regards ,.. WENDY CHALMERS
October 29, 2011
"Dear Fam. Hagen.
My name is Monica Knabl, and i'm the doughter from Mr. Rodler Anton. My father and my mother was in your company. I live in Austria and i was to visite at your father in Canada. My english is not correct. I'm so sorry for your father. The best wishes for this time." Monica Knabl from Austria
Monica Knabl
October 29, 2011
I extend my sincere condolences to the entire Hagen family.I remember Rolf as a good friend and Skat player.
Herbert Witzig
October 29, 2011
Liebe Marianne and family, we are all sadened by the loss of your husband, father, brother, grandfather. Rolf was a wonderful man, we always will rembember this kind and unselfish man who loved everyone around him. We had the opportunity to get to know Rolf through all the Skat tournaments. Especially myself Rolf always remembered, that I had my birthday in Montreal and never forgot me even though I sometimes was unable to be in Montreal, because of sickness, but he still send a card and his special coins with my husband. He always was the one who asked how we all are and always had some special words for us. We were sorry, that he had to suffer the last couple of years and he now has no more pain and is in a better place.
The coming days and month will be very hard for all of you, especially for you Marianne, we hope and pray for you and your loved ones that God may help you overcome your pain and suffering of his loss. He was a great man and friend, we always will remember him in our hearts and our prayers are with all of you for that great loss you had. The world really lost a great man.
With our best wishes and heartful condolences with all our love
Heidi und Bernd Luz, Calgary, Alberta as well from the whole family
Eric, Fern, Danielle, Tyler, Miley Luz
Calgary, Alberta
Klaus, Gayle, Ryan, Emily Luz
Edmonton, Alberta
Christine, Dan, Alex, Dyre Scheer
Calgary, Alberta
Bernd & Heidi Luz
October 29, 2011
Bon Voyage Rolf! There are many Skat friends awaiting you. While adding your name to my list of “Departed Skat friends” I noted, there are enough Players to stage a Skat tournament at your arrival. We, whom you have left behind, thank you for the creation 25 years ago and the generous sponsorship of the annual ISPA Canada Skat Championship", which we all enjoyed so much as "Hagen Tournament" which created so many new friends all over the world. With the C.S.C. you have set forever a monument in our hearts on Rolf C. Hagen, a most generous and warm-hearted human being.
I would like to extend my deepest sympaty to the Hagen family.
Henry Keitel,Ottawa

Bon Voyage Rolf! Mehrere Skat Freunde warten bereits auf Dich.Als ich deinen Namen meiner Liste „Verstorbene Skat Freunde“ zufügte,stellte ich fest dass schon genügend Skatfreunde vorhanden sind, um ein Skat-Turnier bei deiner Ankunft abzuhalten. Wir, die Du hinter dich gelassen hast, danken Dir für die Schaffung und großzügige Unterstützung der jährlichen „ISPA Kanada Skat-Meisterschaft“ allgemein bekannt als "Hagen Turnier“ welches 25 Jahre lang viel neue Freunde aus der ganzen Welt anlockte. Mit der KSM hast Du für immer ein Denkmal in unsere Herzen an Rolf C.Hagen, einem großzügigen und warmherzige Menschen gesetzt.
Ich übermittle der Familie Hagen mein herzlichstes Beileid.
Henry Keitel,Ottawa
Henry Keitel
October 29, 2011
To Mrs. Hagen, Mark, Tom, Rolf Jr., to Dieter and Horst, and the entire Hagen family, our deepest sympathies.

Mr. Hagen possessed many qualities that simply commanded respect. His actions spoke of the depth of his character. He made me and my family feel appreciated and for that we were very happy to have known him. My children recall with fondness meeting him at Christmas parties and how he would remark how much they had grown.

His voice and presence will be missed.

The Pasborg Family
Hans Pasborg
October 29, 2011
To the entire Hagen Family:
Rolf was truely a leader in the Pet Industry worldwide. I admired him since the day we met back in Wiesbaden in 1976 when I was a customer of his. We will all miss him and what he stood for.
Robert Krause
October 29, 2011
Deepest condolences, personally and from my pets who have enjoyed products sold by his company. Rest in Peace, Mr. Hagen, and may you be richly rewarded for thy joy you brought to others.
Geri Guerin
October 29, 2011
To the Hagen Family
Our deepest condolences to you all. Mr. Hagen made us feel confident that we made the correct decision in getting into the pet industry many years ago. He was truely a man to admire.
Marylea Gowan
October 29, 2011
Mes sympathies a toutes la familles je garde beaucoup de tres bon souvenir des années passées comme chauffeur un homme simple d' une gentillesse et simplicite exemplaire. Philippe péloquin
Philippe Péloquin
October 29, 2011
I'am sorry to hear this bad news.I love this brand,and I deeply appreciate for Mr.Hagen's great contibutions.
Maggie Liu
October 29, 2011
Sincerest sympathies to Dieter, Inge and all of your family and close friends on the loss of a beloved brother. May all of your memories be wonderful. Rest in Peace, Mr. Hagen.
Susan Wright
October 28, 2011
Our deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Hagen was a true gentleman, a very generous man and was admired by all. Everyone will remember this great man who was Mr. Rolf C. Hagen. It was an honor to have known him and he will surely be missed by all of us.
Bergeron family
October 28, 2011
To the entire Hagen family,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Rolf was a keen businessman with a heart of gold. I'll always remember my business dealings and great dinners we had together. He will be truely missed but not forgotten.
Pete & Carol Kanton
October 28, 2011
Dear Mrs. Hagen and Family,

With fondest memories of Rolf and the kindness He always extended to Our family He will be greatly missed
May you find peace and strength through the love and caring of family and friends.My deepest condolences for your loss.
Mrs, Randall Majeska ( Madonna )
Madonna Majeska
October 28, 2011
Dear Hagen Family,
The staff and I were very sorry to hear of Mr. Hagens passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Family Pet Supercentre
Shawn Nelson
October 28, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy.
Mein tiefstes Beileid.
"Rest eternal, grand him O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him."
Pastor Eric Dyck
October 28, 2011
Dear Mrs. Hagen and family: our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband. He was a great friend, mentor and business partner with us for over 20 years. He will be sadly missed by all. Keith and Bev Burgess and the Pet Paradise group of stores.
October 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hagen family during this time.
Al Zimmer
October 28, 2011
Dear Mrs. Hagen and Family,
I've had the honor and pleasure to work for your family, accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
May you find peace and strength through the love and caring of family and friends.
Diane Noel
October 28, 2011
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Hagen family.

Sandra & Paul Oram ( Feathers & Fins Pet Shop)
Sandra Oram
October 28, 2011
October 28, 2011
Dear Mrs.Hagen and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Hagens' passing.
The friendship, kindness and generosity Mr.Hagen extended to me and to my family over the years will never be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With deepest sympathies
Bill & Marlane Wetheral
Bill Wetheral
October 28, 2011
I am so very sad that the world has lost this larger than life man. Rolf Hagen has always been there for others. He had a large heart and a smile to match. The instant I met Marianne and Rolf I felt a genuine friendship. take good care of yourself..52 years of marriage!! God Bless all of you..Mary Ellen (Majeska) Wertanen
Mary Ellen Wertanen
October 28, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Hagen family - from Gerda Mast in Haus der Heimat
October 28, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 28, 2011
Mr Hagen represented an ikon in the pet industry i only had heard about before before i met him, it was a sad day when i learn the news of his passing away. I wish to express my condolence to the Hagen family. My tought and prayers are with you.
Rejean Gouin
October 28, 2011
Liebe Familie Hagen,
die Kameradinnen und Kameraden des Feuerwehrmusikzug Grömitz haben mit tiefer Bestürzung und Trauer über den Tod Ihres Ehemannes, Vaters, Großvaters, Bruders, Onkels und unserem Ehrenmitglied Rolf C. Hagen erfahren.
Unsere Gedanken sind in dieser schweren Stunde bei Ihnen.
Rolf hat uns geglaubt und mit seinem großen Herzen unterstützt, dieses bleibt für die Geschichte unseres Zuges unvergessen.
Als Träger des Bundesverdienstkreuzes der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und für die unzählige sozialen und kulturellen Projekte die Ihm von ganzen Herzen wichtig waren, können sie liebe Familie Hagen sehr Stolz sein.
Ein großer Mensch ist von uns gegangen. Wir und auch die Gemeinde Grömitz werden sein Andenken in Ehren halten, dass diese sich in den Kirchenfenstern, Jugendprojekten und dem Kindergarten wiederspiegeln und sich auch in den Chroniken vieler Vereinen wiederfinden, ist für uns alle eine Verpflichtung für Ihre Familie Rolf C. Hagen.
Wir sind dankbar Rolf zu Lebzeiten als ein Kamerad, Freund und Mensch in unserem Zug gehabt zu haben.
Gott möge Ihnen Kraft und Trost geben, um ihren großen Verlust zu mildern.
In Verbundenheit, Kameradschaft und Freundschaft!
Ihr Feuerwehrmusikzug Grömitz !
Matthias Krell
- Germany -
Matthias Krell
October 28, 2011
It is with profound sadness that we learn of the passing of our leader Mr Rolf C. Hagen, for whom we had, and will always have, a huge and most profound respect.

With him we learnt the significance of overcoming barriers that arise between people and their relationships, be they of a professional or personal nature.

In solidarity with all of you, his family, we would like to leave our most profound repect and express our deapest condolences, in this hour of need and enormous loss.
José Cores, Ramon Cores, Juan Cores
and all the Tropizoo family
Tropizoo, Lda
October 28, 2011
To the Hagen family, my sincere condolences go out to you. I met Mr Hagen in 1994 for the first time at a annual trade show in Montreal. The following year at the show, it was his "firm handshake and his word" that sealed the deal with me to open my pet store shortly after. Without his trust and support then and at times since then, he has enabled me to continue to this day.
A Great man is gone but will never be forgotten.
Thank You.
Jason Keeping
October 28, 2011
Sympathy and Condolences to Mark and all the Hagen Family.
Jean Pattison
October 28, 2011
Condolences to the Hagen family.He was an known ikon in the pet industry.May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Capt Tarun Jawa
October 28, 2011
"An Angel went to Heaven Home in the Heart of Love"
Dearest Marianne and the Hagen family,
We would like to express our sincerest condolences to you and your entire family. Please allow us to take this moment to honor the life of Rolf C. Hagen. In loving Memory of a wonderful man who has deeply touched both of our hearts and that of everyone who has ever been graced to have known him personally.

Your life is a celebration... like the setting of a glorious sunset... all of us brothers and sisters gather together in gratitude and awe... sharing the memories and the TRUE Gift of YOU in all of our lives. Thank you for all that you have given us. We love you.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote:
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children... to leave the world a better place.. to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

"An Angel went to Heaven Home in the Heart of Love"

God Bless EveryONE!
Linda Gadreau & Tracey Rhodes
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