Earl Raymond Hagaman was born on September 12, 1925, in Los Angeles and died on May 25, 2017.
He was an American-born New Zealand hotel operator.
Hagaman moved to New Zealand in the 1980s after visiting his friend Ralph Brown, who had moved to New Zealand in 1972.
Along with Brown, he invested in hotels and out of this venture, Scenic Group developed.
Before he died, Hagaman’s hotel empire employed around 1000 staff.
During 1989, Hagaman bought the house of Sir Robertson Stewart in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, and lived there for the rest of his life.
His house had a 2007 rating valuation of just under NZ$4m.
Earl was survived by his wife, their children, and the four children from previous relationships.
Earl Hagaman passed away at 92 years old.