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Memorable Manitobans: John Harold “Jack” Hare (1920-2009)

Entrepreneur, MP (1974-1979).

Born at Vancouver, British Columbia on 8 June 1920, he moved with his parents to Ottawa in his teens where he attended Glebe Collegiate. He graduated from Ontario Agriculture College (University of Guelph), joined the Canadian Army as an artillery Lieutenant and married Dorothy Jean “Dot” Steele in 1943. They were stationed all across Canada and he 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 took him to the Pabst Brewing Company, Pfizer Animal Health, and National Grain. In 1970 he started his own business, J. H. Hare Associates Ltd. Defeated in the 1974 and 1979 federal general elections, he was elected in the 1978 provincial by-election as the Conservative member from St. Boniface. In 1985 he retired to Camano Island, WA. He 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.

He died on 23 March 2009.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 2009.

“The ’09 honour roll,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2010, page H3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2017

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