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Tom Dailey

Tom Dailey (Inducted 2004)


Tom Dailey was born in Brockville on June 16, 1917. He attended Prince of Wales Elementary School and was a student of Brockville Collegiate from 1931-1936. After graduating from BCI he attended McGill University, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1941. Immediately he enlisted in the RCAF, graduating from air crew training in the top ten of his class.

Tom was selected as an instructor of flying in Canada, but his wish to serve overseas was granted and he flew with squadrons in Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire in England. Achieving the rank of Flight Lieutenant, Tom made 29 trips as a bomber pilot with the elite Pathfinder Squadron 405.

After the war Tom returned to Brockville, joining his father's firm, Dailey's Leather Goods. In 1958 the Travel Agency was added to the Leather Goods, becoming a leader in the business.

Tom has contributed greatly to life in our community. In 1947 Tom became Commodore of the Brockville Yacht Club. In 1953 he served as chairman of the Coronation Decorations Committee for the city. As a member of the Brockville Rotary Club, he held many positions, including president in 1956-57 and was awarded their highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Tom is best known as a Goodwill Ambassador for Brockville, being awarded a Canadian Tourism Ambassador Certificate by Federal Tourism Minister, Bernard Valcourt, in 1988. He also received a Brockville Chamber of Commerce Tourism Award in 1999 and the first President’s Award from the Ontario East Tourism Association in 2000.

He was married in 1946 to Hilda Block. They have two sons, Paul and Campbell, and a daughter, Jane.

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