We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dagfinn Magne Stai on February 12, 2021, in Toronto.
Mr. Stai was born in Norway in 1920, and joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force during WWII. He was sent to Canada and trained at Little Norway. Mr. Stai became a navigator, and served overseas with Norwegian Squadron 334 of the Royal Air Force.
While training in Toronto, he met his future wife, Grace. The pair settled in Canada after the war. They were married for 75 years and raised three daughters.
In October 2019, at age 100, Mr. Stai was awarded a Commemorative Medal for his wartime service by the Norwegian government, in a ceremony at the Little Norway Memorial, Gravenhurst. In the photo below, former Norwegian Ambassador Kari Anne Ovind congratulates Mr. Stai on his award.
Dagfinn Magne Stai leaves daughters Trish, Karen and Sonja, their partners, grandchildren, and family in Norway. Rest in peace.