It is with heavy hearts that the family of Alan Hare announce Alan’s passing on July 24th, 2022.
Alan will be forever missed by his loving wife Joanne Hare (nee Byers) and stepson.
Pre-deceased by his parents Donald Carson Hare (1985) and Violet Mae Hare (1999) (nee VanAllen) of Iroquois, Ontario. Alan appreciated his father for giving him knowledge and a strong work ethic. Alan admired his mother for her strong will, perseverance, loving and caring nature.
Grandfather to the loved and cherished Amari Hare and Father to Lisa Hare of Scarborough, Ontario.
Remembered by numerous cousins in the Iroquois and Morrisburg area Lyle, Carl, & John VanAllen; Neil Strader, Lorna Johnston (Strader), Sharon Zwicker (Strader), Judy Best (VanAllen), Rodney VanAllen as well as cousins in Western Canada, & Uncle Lorne Strader.
Alan was humbled and forever grateful for the lifelong support and friendships he made and maintained in the Hockey and Lacrosse communities in both Peterborough and Eastern Ontario.
After being hospitalized for three years, due to a hockey accident (resulting in quadriplegia) Alan & Joanne moved to their own home in 2017. Many thanks to the friends and relatives who supported them in their home and with their visits thereafter.
Thanks to the many Health Care aides who supported Alan after his injury.
The following is a brief summary of some aspects of Alan’s life which he hoped to communicate with family and friends:
• Alan kept his Iroquois family home (it was built when the Seaway went through in 1955) after both his parents had deceased, and he regularly visited it until it was sold in 2015. He loved coming back to his hometown. He actively promoted Eastern Ontario as a tourist destination, as few people in Peterborough knew anything about the area.
• He was employed by Royal Bank for greater than 30 years mostly as a Senior Commercial Account Manager having most of his career in the Peterborough area. Alan found dealing with many different business types and sizes, was a great education. He liked Peterborough so much, he never left.
• Some of Alan’s prior employment included 5 years in the oil field industry with several different companies in various parts of the world. He worked on the oil rigs in the Canadian oil field (Western Canada; foothills of BC; Alberta (including the Suffield Block); prairies of Alberta & Sask). Alan was employed by Drilco–Smith International out of Houston, Texas. This position entailed maintenance and repair of onshore and offshore oil rig motors, & all downhole drilling equipment. This job entailed a lot of travel and living in remote places & working with locals: (southern USA; Texas; Mississippi, swamps of Louisiana; Gulf of Mexico; Southeast Asia; Singapore; jungles of Borneo; Indonesia; east & west Malaysia; Brunei; South China Sea, & Trinidad, W.I.). When he returned to Canada, he finished his oilfield career working in the frozen tundra and muskeg of NWT. He thought he had worked on almost every kind of oil drilling rig constructed.
• Alan’s interests mainly consisted of sports. In 1971/72 and 1972/73, he was Seaway High School outstanding male athlete (soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton). In 1975/1976, he was St Lawrence College’s (Cornwall) most outstanding male athlete (varsity hockey, varsity basketball, numerous intramurals).
• He was most widely known for playing hockey over his years from Cornwall to Peterborough and anywhere in between. He played Jr B hockey for the Morrisburg Lions & Cardinal Broncos, college hockey for St Lawrence College; & several intermediate Morrisburg teams in the early 70’s. He played Junior Lacrosse for Morrisburg Mets; Brockville Magedomas; Senior Lacrosse for Morrisburg Rattlers; & 2 years of Senior Lacrosse for Edmonton in the 1970’s. He would have been eligible to play in the 1978 Commonwealth games in the sport of lacrosse, but work commitments in the oil field would not permit him to be away. He also became an adamant downhill skier in his 50’s.
• Alan was well known (even in his 50’s) for his unplanned back packing trips to destinations as Peru, China, Bali, just about everywhere in S.E. Asia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Netherlands, Luxemburg, etc. His ideal vacation was to book a flight into one city & book a return flight from another city 1,000 km away & no set plans on how to get from one place to the next.
• In August 2014, Alan played hockey for Cornwall Blades at the 55+ Canada Games in Edmonton. In October 2014, a freak hockey accident left Alan as a quadriplegic (paralyzed from the chest down). He met this life change as just another challenge. Many thanks are given for care from Dr. Jim Leeson, Dr. Robert Neville, the medical staff at Peterborough Hospital, and thanks to the medical staff of Lyndhurst Rehabilitation, Toronto. Alan & Joanne are forever thankful to friends (especially Brian Searle) & relatives who assisted them through this 3-year hospitalization period.
• Alan and Joanne could quite often be seen at music concerts, movies, Peterborough Laker Senior A lacrosse games, Toronto Raptor basketball games (including 7 playoff games in their 2019 championship year), hosting card parties, hosting live music events, etc., and numerous trips to Iroquois and area (hometown) to attend family functions, sport team reunions, and visit friends and relatives.
Special thanks for your love & caring which allowed me to live my last years as best as could be. It takes a special person to do this. My closest relatives & friends describe you as my ‘angel’. I wish we had healthy times to explore our dreams. These talks alone put such smiles on our faces, especially when we would try to out due the other in travel. You have been invaluable; I wish we could’ve had more of a life together; etc. – Alan.