March 3, 2014

In Memory of Tom Kaag: 1/2/54 – 3/4/12


From Chris:

Tom Kaag was born 1/2/54 and went to parade rest 3/4/12. Tom became a US Marine, following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps. He inspired my brother Eric & me to achieve the same and the Kaags each became Sergeants of Marines. Tom “Pop” was an air traffic controller in the Marine Corps as well as a licensed private pilot, which embodied his passion for aviation. He was a foundryman after his stint in the Marine Corps and worked hard to provide for his 6 kids. It was evident that his true passion in life was his family and while he lived a pretty simple life, seeing the joy in his face at family functions at the head of the table with all his kids, significant others and grandkids made this his true legacy. He raised all his kids to be independent, respectful and confident individuals and work hard at whatever you do. Being a father now makes it even clearer how much he cared about and how much he would do for all of us. He volunteered and helped with anything his kids were involved with and no matter what he was doing if you needed him he was there.

Today I want to honor Pop through the legacy of his family. He was the creator of the name Corps Fitness back in 2004 so today’s workout reflects the way we started and embodies all the different personalities of his sons Eric and Patrick and daughters Kelly, Emily and Katie, each unique in their own right but all are a reflection of being raised by a great father. The workout begins with Diane his wife of 20 years. Corps Fitness would not be here if my pop didn’t have faith in me and my abilities.  His support made me see the potential to make this happen.


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    scott March 3, 2014 Reply

    That’s the knid of tribute a father could only hope to one day have written about him by a son.

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    Jan March 4, 2014 Reply

    Great tribute, great workout, great family, great people. Your dad’s positive influence is woven throughout everything you and your siblings do CK. Witnessing how proud he was of all of you was a gift to all of us about the importance of family. Thanks for letting your extended CF family be a part of honoring him! xo

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    Michael Zadrozny March 4, 2014 Reply

    Chris thanks for sharing and my prayers go out to you guys in this tough time. God bless and Semper Fi.

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    Don Kaag March 4, 2014 Reply

    Chris’ Dad Tom was my little brother, and a fellow Marine. I was back in PA to visit him for a week just before he died. He was a strong man, an example for everyone he knew, a wonderful father and the best friend I ever had. On 10 November every year he will be remembered when we toast "Absent Friends"…

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    Rosie McKeon March 4, 2014 Reply

    I love you guys! Chis that was amazing story about your dad. He was amazing dad ever! He will always looking after everyone and always in our hearts. I will always pray for you guys.

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    jamie barlow March 4, 2014 Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    You inspired me the first day I met you years ago at the ULF.
    Prayers and strength to you and the family. GOD Bless

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    jim kaag March 6, 2014 Reply

    I see a part of Tom’s spirit in every one of his kids. Chris, I remember how he looked at you when you were born and how he was the rock when you were sick with asthma as a baby. One of the last things he told me was how proud he was of you and your brothers and sisters for the people you’ve become.

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