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DR. JOHN (JACK) HAROLD HARE
Born: Jun 08, 1920
Date of Passing: Mar 23, 2009Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DR. JOHN (JACK) HAROLD HARE Jack was born June 08, 1920 in Vancouver, BC and passed away March 23, 2009 peacefully at home. Loving husband of Dorothy (Dot) Jean Steele, father of Susan (Steve), John (Shelagh), Steve, Bruce, Craig (Charlene). Grandfather of ten, Great-Grandfather of three and Brother-in- Law to Doreen. He grew up in Vancouver moving with his parents to Ottawa in his teens attending Glebe Collegiate. He graduated from Ontario Agriculture College (University of Guelph), joined the Canadian Army as an artillery Lieutenant and married Dot in 1943. They were stationed all across Canada and Jack eventually was sent to England prior to VE day. Upon his return he entered graduate studies at Macdonald College (McGill) earning a PhD in Biochemistry. His career began at the University of West Virginia as an assistant professor in the faculty of Agriculture. Subsequent moves were to Milwaukee with Pabst Brewing Co.; Terre Haute and Montreal with Pfizer Animal Health; Winnipeg with National Grain and in 1970 starting his own business J. H. Hare Associates Ltd. His legacy business has continued successfully and evolved into a unique Biopharmaceutical company run by his son and granddaughter. In 1978 he was elected to the Canadian Parliament as the Conservative member from St. Boniface, MB. In 1985 to get out of the cold and back to his west coast roots they moved to Camano Island, WA. Jack was involved with many scientific and charitable associations including the Canadian Water Resources, Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Triticale Association, Lions Club and Camano Men's chorus. He enjoyed all sports and played football, softball, tennis and skied. Jack was an avid stamp collector and started the Camano Island Stamp Club. Jack had a long and wonderful life fueled by a keen and adventurous spirit. Four days before he died, in his 89'th year he recited verbatim The Cremation of Sam McGee (Google it). His greatest joy and asset was his love of people. He and Dot made friends easily wherever they travelled (around the world twice). They welcomed any and all comers to their house on Camano, otherwise known as the Hare Hilton , and their cottage on Wickaninnish Island. Jack had many close friends and family from throughout his life and he will be missed. Dot and the family wants to thank the Skagit Hospice, members of the Stanwood United Methodist Church, the Stanwood/Camano Lions and all their wonderful friends for their support during Jack's final days.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 26, 2009
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